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Professional Year Program

What is a Professional Year Program?

A Professional Year Program is a structured professional development program that combines formal learning and workplace experience for international students who have graduated from Australian Universities. It offers an opportunity to experience a real Australian work environment and enhance skills. 

 

Who is eligible for a Professional Year Program?

 

  • You must have completed a degree in Accounting, Computer Science or Engineering (or a closely related area) in Australia,

  • You must be below 50 years of age,

  • You must hold a Skilled - Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485) or Bridging Visa A or C for an eligible visa type (Visa conditions must grant full work and study rights),

  • You must also have at least 12 months remaining on your visa from the date the program starts.

 

Engineering graduates who completed their degree at a recognised institution outside Australia are also eligible to complete a Professional Year Program in engineering. They must apply for a Skilled—Recognised Graduate visa (Subclass 476).

Why should you complete a Professional Year Program?

Completing a Professional Year has a number of benefits:

  • You earn valuable work experience in an Australian company through an internship.

  • You are able to improve your understanding of the culture and practices within the Australian workplace.

  • You learn how to communicate in a professional manner within the Australian workplace.

  • You are eligible to receive five extra points on the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) ‘points test’ when applying for a Skilled visa.

Professional Year in Information Technology 

  • Completed a recognised ICT-related degree in Australia (Bachelors or Masters) a minimum of two years' full-time study in Australia

  • Obtained or applied for a Graduate Visa (subclass 485) with a minimum 12 months validity

  • Have a valid minimum IELTS score of 6.0 no less than 6.0 in all 4 competencies or a PTE-A overall score of 50 with a score less than 50 or  equivalent

Professional Year in Accounting

  • Completed a recognised Accounting degree in Australia (Bachelors or Masters)

  • Have or applied for a Graduate Visa (subclass 485) with a minimum 12 months validity

  • Have a valid minimum IELTS score of 6.0 no less than 6.0 in all 4 competencies or PTE-A overall score of 50 with no score less than 50, or equivalent

  • Must hold a Migration Skills Assessment outcome letter from an accounting professional association (CPA, CA or IPA)

Professional Year in Engineering

  • A recognized bachelor or master qualification in Engineering from an Australian Institution. For Skilled Recognised Graduate Visa holders (476) relevant Australian qualification is not required.

  • IELTS overall score of 6.0 no less than 5.0 in any component or PTE-A overall score of 50 with no band less than 36 or equivalent.

  • Graduate Temporary Visa (subclass 485) or Bridging visa or Skilled Recognised Graduate 476 visa

  • Must hold a Migration Skills Assessment outcome letter from Engineers Australia