ARE YOU A PROSPECTIVE MIGRANT ICT PROFESSIONAL? RECENT CHANGES TO THE AUSTRALIAN COMPUTER SOCIETY (ACS) GUIDELINES MAY AFFECT YOU
The relevant skills assessment authority for skilled migration to Australia in the ICT sector is the Australian Computer Society (ACS). It ensures that you meet the relevant standards needed for employment in an eligible ICT skilled occupation by assessing your academic qualifications and work experience. Before submitting your application to the ACS you must check the eligibility criteria, assessment process, and list of required documents outlined in the ACS Skills Assessment Guidelines. Recent changes were made towards the end of 2019
Changes to the ACS Migration Skills Assessment Guidelines
Ethical standards As an ICT professional you are now required to meet ethical standards specified by the ACS when submitting your skills assessment application. Your application may be rejected if you submit a bogus document or make unsubstantiated claims about your skills, knowledge or experience. You may also be barred from re-submitting an application. It is important therefore to prepare your application carefully and correctly.
Documents Required Evidence of qualifications such as the degree, certificate or award stating title of degree; certificate, award; name of University/ Institution; date of completion of the degree, certificate, award; degree, certificate, award transcript units/ subject names and grades/ marks achieved; are required as well as the following documents. Evidence of employment and payment for employment; Updated Resume/ Curriculum Vitae; Evidence of change of name (if applicable); Migration agent authorisation form (if applicable); Passport
Evidence of Employment When providing your employment experience you must show your “Australia” and “Outside of Australia” work experiences separately. Your employment reference letters must include your position title and earlier roles or duties you may have performed for the same employer; start and finish dates of employment; description of duties and responsibilities; nature of employment whether full-time or part-time indicating number of hours worked per week and country where employment was undertaken. ACS accept digital signatures on company letterhead, of authorised persons who can be verified, as valid evidence of employment. ACS does not specify a particular format for employer reference letters however submitting all information requested increases your chances of getting a positive assessment.
Evidence of payment for employment All applications to the ACS must be accompanied by at least two different types of documents regarding payment during the period of your employment covering the beginning and end of each year. Please note cash payments are not adequate to prove payment was made towards employment. Evidence of payment for employment will only be accepted if it states your name and your employer’s name as well as the following Official government tax records; or Payslips; or Employment linked insurance/ superannuation; or Bank statements showing salary payments deposited by the employer.
Region Specific Requirements The ACS has introduced certain region specific requirements regarding educational qualifications for the following countries – Pakistan, People’s Republic of China, Philippines and signatories to the Bologna agreement. Further changes have been made to accept work experience only from employers who are registered with specified financial institutions in specified countries. If you are from any of these countries you may have to submit particular documents for consideration by the ACS.
Statutory Declarations and Affidavits ASC has further excluded acceptance of declarations not witnessed on the same day and employment letters comprising responsibilities and experience copied directly from ANZSCO job descriptions. Additionally Statutory Declarations and Affidavits are not acceptable as a substitute for genuine employment reference letters. ACS however has the discretion to accept or reject such documents for assessment.
If you do not submit all the required documents ACS may assess your skills as being not assessable due to insufficient documentation. Consequently you may have to seek a review, or appeal the ACS decision or apply for another assessment.
ACS has also introduced changes regarding assessment criteria of academic qualifications. If you want a comprehensive skills assessment with our Registered Migration Agents we have some of the best immigration agents in Sydney. We also have visa agents in Campbelltown waiting to assist you. Call us on 02 46261002 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.