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The Professional Year Program (often known as PY program) is primarily designed for students wishing to apply for permanent residency in Australia. This program allows the students to develop industry-specific skills through study and work experience, preparing them for professional careers in Australian work force.

There are three courses to choose from, depending on your industry:

Skilled Migration Internship Program - Accounting (SMIPA)

The Accounting Professional Year Program is a Department of Home Affairs initiative which is designed for international graduates with an Australian accounting degree. Developed by CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and the Institute of Public Accountants, the Accounting Professional Year Program provides accounting graduates with a guided pathway from university to employment in Australia.

The first stage is face to face classes for almost 32 weeks where you will be provided with the knowledge and communication skills to successfully integrate into a great accounting role in the Australian workplace. In the second stage will take part in a 12 week professional internship with host companies where you will apply your university learning in the real-world, acquire new skills and grow your industry network.

Upon successful completion of the program candidates are eligible for 5 extra points on Department of Home Affairs points test.

Australian Computer Society (ACS)Professional Year Program

The ACS (IT) Professional Year is a Department of Home Affairs initiative which is designed for international graduates with an Australian IT degree. Developed by the Australian Computer Society, the ACS Professional Year program provides IT graduates with a guided pathway from university to employment in Australia

The ACS (IT) Professional Year course is a 44 week program with two stages: the first stage is a 32 weeks of theoretical knowledge and communication skills training, while second stage is a 12 weeks internship with host companies providing students an opportunity to apply acquired knowledge and learned techniques in practice.

Upon successful completion of the program candidates are eligible for 5 extra points on Department of Home Affairs points test.

Engineers Australia’s Professional Year in Engineering

This professional Year Program in Engineering was developed by EEA (Engineering Education Australia). This 44 week program helps international engineering graduates gain vital insights into the Australian workplace demands, foster their employability skills and thus makes them employment ready. It is a comprehensive 44 week program comprising extensive training and an internship placement making students job ready in the Australian workspace. Upon successful completion of the program candidates are eligible for 5 extra points on Department of Home Affairs points test.

Benefits:

  • Qualify for migration points towards permanent residence. Most students will be eligible to receive 5 (five) extra points when applying for residence. More information on  Click Here
  • Students will get good exposure and understanding culture and practices of Australian workforce
  • Get valuable work experience in Australian company through internships

Who can be enrolled :

To qualify for the Professional Year Program, students must:

  • have completed an undergraduate or postgraduate award in Australia in a relevant field of study
  • hold or applied for a Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485, either stream) with at least 12 months validity or;
  • hold an eligible Secondary Visa with work and study rights with at least 12 months validity
  • provide evidence of English language proficiency
  • provide a valid skills assessment from a relevant professional association

Offshore university graduates may be eligible to complete the Professional Year in Engineering on a 476 visa. For further information visit the Engineering Education Australia website.

To check eligibility, visit the Home Affairs website

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