Revised Suitability Criteria for ICT Professionals

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Suitability Criteria

The newly updated assessment criteria, effective from June 21, 2021, has four Professional Occupation.  Other than ICT Professionals there are four categories that the Department of Home Affairs has made changes in. They are:

  1. Hotel Service Manager
  2. Retail Buyer
  3. Hotel Manager
  4. Teacher of English to Speaker of Other Language
Why are the criteria changing?

a. To position with new proof

b. To make sure that candidates with the appropriate qualifications and work experience can get a victorious skill assessment

ACS policy of experience deduction has been doubtful. Depending on the qualification, ACS deducts 2-8 years of relevant experience from the candidate’s experience history. The exact amount of deduction turns on mainly two things- the level of qualification and applicability of qualification with the nominated occupation. 

Moreover, presenting an RPL does not change the situation regarding experience deduction. Here I summarize all the ACS Assessment Criteria. 

The suitability criteria include the requirements you need to have for a suitable migration skills assessment under four assessment pathways. The Summary of Criteria Document holds a summarised version of the ACS Suitability Criteria

1. Temporary Graduate

Those Candidate occupations that emerge on the subclass 485 Medium and Long-term Strategic Skill Skills List (MLTSSL) apply for a Temporary Graduate Pathway. However, applicants need to complete an Australian Bachelor’s degree or higher at an educational institution in Australia with a major in ICT, closely related to the nominated ANZSCO Code, to fulfill the suitability criteria.

Also, the applicant needs to assure the Australian Study Requirement (ASR) for visa purposes. It is not assessed by ACS but by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA). 

2. Post-Australian Study  

Applicants need to have an Australian Bachelor’s Degree or higher with a major in ICT closely related to the nominated ANZSCO Code. Also, you need to meet the following requirements for a suitable skills assessment.

One year of relevant work experience completed after the completion date of the relevant Australian Degree

Completion of an ACS Professional Year Program

Also, you need to fulfill the Australian Study Requirement (ASR) for visa purposes. It is not evaluated by ACS but by Doha(Department of Home Affairs). The skill level necessity date for the Post Australian Study pathway will be noted as the completion date of the relevant Australian Degree. If you complete suitably employment to complete the related Australian Degree, you will be feasible for the skilled migration test.  

Skills Required
i) Qualification comparable to AQF Bachelor Degree or Higher with an ICT Major

If your Degree is evaluated as having an ICT major and is closely related to your ANZSCO Code, you need to have relevant work experience of 10 years or four years completed within the last ten years. It provides a relevant work experience earliest skill date to meet the suitability criteria.

ICT Major Criteria

An advanced Diploma, Diploma, or Associate Degree needs to have at least 50% ICT Content. An Advanced Diploma, Diploma, or Associate Degree with ICT Knowledge less than 50% will be evaluated as a Non-ICT qualification. A Bachelor Degree needs to have.  

Suitability Criteria for ICT Professionals

The ICT Content needs to be progressive through all years of the programs as the final year is advanced.

Candidates with postgraduation qualifications (Graduate Diploma or Masters) do not require Bachelor with an ICT major for entry into the course need to have:

ICT Minor

If your Degree is assessed as having an ICT major but NOT closely related to your nominated occupation. You need to have 4 years of relevant work experience completed anytime in the past work to meet the suitability criteria.

ICT Minor Criteria

A Bachelor’s or higher qualification is evaluated as a Minor when the ICT Content is at least two-thirds of the conditions for a major.

  1. Inadequate ICT Content

All qualifications with ICT Content less than necessary for a Minor are evaluated as Non- ICT Qualifications.

2. Claimed Points for Post-Assessment Experience

As long as your ACS Assessment reminds valid and continues in the same job with similar responsibilities, you can claim additional assessment

ii) Qualification corresponding to AQF Bachelor Degree or Higher with an ICT Minor

Suppose your Degree is evaluated as having an ICT minor and is closely related to your nominated occupation. In that case, you need to have 5 years of relevant work experience completed in the past 10 years or 6 years of related work experience completed anytime in your life. However, it must provide skills to meet the suitability criteria.

Suppose your Degree is evaluated as having an ICT minor and is NOT closely related to your nominated occupation. In that case, you need to have six years of related work experience completed anytime in your past work to meet the suitability criteria.

iii) Qualification proportional to AQF Diploma or Vendor Certification

Suppose your AQF qualification or Vendor Certification is evaluated as having an ICT Major and is closely related to your nominated occupation. In that case, you need to have 5 years of relevant work experience completed within the past 10 years or 6 years of relevant work experience in the past. It provides the earliest skill date to meet the suitability criteria.  

If your AQF qualification or Vendor Certification is evaluated as having an ICT Major and is NOT closely related to your nominated occupation. You need to have 6 years of relevant work experience completed in the past to intersect the suitability criteria. 

3. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Non-ICT Qualification corresponding to AQF Diploma or Higher insufficient ICT Content. You need to have six years of relevant work experience completed at any time in history—also, it meets the suitability criteria of the RPL Application.

4. No Tertiary Qualification- Work Experience Only

Suppose you do not have the tertiary educational qualification. In that case, you need to have added two years of work experience (a total of 8 years) and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to meet the suitability criteria.

It would help if you exhibited how you required your ICT knowledge. Also, you need to submit 2 Project Reports within an RPL Application- ACS Recognition of Prior Learning Form. 

Each report provides detailed information about your career episode in your employment history with adequate detail of evidence while applying the claimed ICT knowledge in a working situation. The projects must relate to the employee being evaluated. Two reports must be complete within the last three years and five years, respectively.  

Abundant details must be provided to showcase the depth and breadth of your ICT knowledge gained within your ICT employment.

The RPL Project Report must be written by yourself. Another person should not submit it, and an editing agency or paid business. The ACS uses the best software to screen your submitted work to check your reports. In some cases, you might be asked for resubmission due to the plagiarized content.

All the included information needs to be referenced. Failure to provide enough information to support your Project Report will provide you with a negative skill assessment.

Experience Before Qualification

Suppose your work experience is completed before the completion of your qualification. In that case, the Skill Level Requirement Met Date will be committed. The work experience acquired by the candidate after Skill Level Requirement Met Date is considered as eligible points for skilled migration.

Looking for Help?

If you want to explore more about your eligibility criteria, ICT subjects, ANZSCO code, skills assessment and more then contact ACSRPLAustralia for more detailed information. We are willing to help you with your immigration to Australia procedure.

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