If you are an Australian recent graduate (seeking exemption from having to have experience based on your study in Australia), please select the Australian Recent Graduate link
If you hold a non-IT degree/diploma but have extensive experience in IT, please select the Recognition of Prior Learning link.
If you currently are a full professional member of the ACS (MACS, MACS (Senior) or FACS), please select the Membership link
If you have applied before and wish to re-validate your assessment result, please select the Re-validation link.
In order to have your skills assessed, you must lodge an Application for Assessment.
An Application for Assessment must consist of:
- Assessment for Application Form
- Passport or Birth Certificate
- Details of Relevant Tertiary Qualifications
- Employer references
Assessment Application form
All applicants must complete the Assessment Application Form. This must be completed in English and signed by the applicant.
Passport or Birth Certificate
All Applicants are required to provide evidence of Identification. The ACS would prefer a certified copy of your passport be provided. However if you do not have a passport, a birth certificate can be provided instead.
Those applicants that have at any time resided in Australia must also provide a copy of their Australian visa.
You also must provide evidence of change of name (if applicable). This would include a Marriage Certificate or a Deed Poll notice.
Please note that secondary education documents cannot be used in lieu of passport/birth certificate
Details of relevant tertiary qualifications
Applicants are required to provide official documentary evidence to support claims for all tertiary education qualifications that they have achieved (regardless of ICT Content).
All Applicants must provide:
- Academic Testamur (Certificates) for the course. If this has not been awarded, a letter of completion can be substituted, and
Complete Academic Transcripts / Mark Sheets, showing all the subjects / units studied for the qualification. If possible, please provide details of the percentage of relevant computer content in the course from the appropriate institution, and
If exemptions from a course have been granted, applicants must provide documentary advice from the university/institute specifying the title of the unit (s)/subject(s) which have been credited and the basis upon which the exemptions have been given.
Education Documents (Recent Graduates)
Those applicants who believe they meet the criteria to apply as an Australian Recent Graduate must provide all relevant information as with an ordinary Skills Applicant.
Recent Graduates are required to provide evidence of all tertiary education qualifications achieved (Post High School Education), regardless of their relevance. To demonstrate their current qualification, they must provide a letter of completion from the University as well as the official Academic Transcripts.
The ACS does not accept web print-outs of transcripts under any circumstances.
Recent Graduates are also required to provide a letter of exemption for every subject that has been exempted (or where any Advanced Standing has been given).
Graduates must apply within sufficient time to enable the Society to complete the assessment before the 6 months expires.
The ACS cannot advise you whether your course is going to meet the standards pre-assessment nor advise you what courses and subjects to study. We advise if you have any questions to please speak to an IT Faculty Member at your University.
Please also note you should not apply until your course has been completed. If an applicant applies to the ACS before the completion date, their Recent Graduate Course cannot be considered complete.
In order for the ACS to assess whether an applicant is in a skilled occupation acceptable for skills assessment purpose, the applicant must provide detailed and descriptive employer references highlighting his/her expertise in the claimed specialisation.
These must be on company letterhead and include the job title, detailed job description and precise dates of employment. They should also clearly state whether employment was full or part-time along with demonstrated levels of competence with any computer languages, the various types of hardware and software used and the extent of involvement with any major projects. Letters of appointment or contracts are not accepted.
References covering a minimum of four (4) or six (6) years full-time equivalent are recommended. (see Current Guidelines).
Part-time experience may be included on a pro-rata basis if the applicant can demonstrate that they have been employed for a minimum of 20 hours/week.
Full-time experience is defined as 38 hours or more per week.
Applicants applying under Skills Assessment may also be requested by the Assessor to provide the Project Report (8KB -doc) at the assessor's discretion.
Details of qualifications held, brief details of relevant experience, and the periods of these positions. Attach a detailed written explanation of your professional information technology experience including positions held, projects undertaken and your contributions to them.
The fee is non-refundable and subject to change without notification.
Australian Recent Graduate Assessment A$360
Skills Assessment A$400
RPL Assessment A$450
Members A$200* (This is for those who are current professional grade members)
Re-validation A$200 (Revalidation is an extension of your positive assessment, with the current date)
Payment may only be made in Australian Currency in one of the following methods:
- Cheque/Money order/International bank draft
These should be made payable to The Australian Computer Society.
Major credit cards are acceptable: Visa Card, Mastercard, American Express and Australian Bank Card (not eftpos card)
Those who pay by Credit Card are warned that should the bank decline the transaction, alternative method of payment must be arranged. Credit card payment will not be acceptable in this instance. Your processing time will pause until a new payment (via another form) is made. If you are overseas, you should contact your bank about any special arrangements.
- International fund transfer/Direct deposit
If you wish to pay by transfer, our account details are as follows:
Bank Branch Commonwealth Bank
Corner Liverpool & Castlereagh Streets, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Australia
Bank Branch Number (BSB) 062 - 017
Account Name Australian Computer Society Inc. Council Account
Account Number 80 - 1049
SWIFT Code: CTBAAU2S
If paying by transfer, please be sure to include the applicant' s surname in the Remitter Details of your payment advice so that it can be easily traced in our records. You are advised failure to provide this will result in delays to your processing time. Please also include a copy of transfer paperwork/evidence in the application as proof of payment.
Refunds and Withdrawals
Applicants are warned that the assessment and appeal applications are made on the condition that the fee is not refundable.
The applicant is also warned they are required to meet the guidelines before their application date. We define the date as the time the file is received at National Office. Consequently, we must advise that any decision by the applicant to voluntarily withdraw their case will result in the forfeit of their assessment fee.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
An applicant who does not have sufficient knowledge to meet the education criteria under our guidelines should apply for a Recognition of Prior Learning application. The RPL process allows an applicant to demonstrate his/her knowledge so the assessor can assess the applicants to an appropriate standard under the guidelines.
We require all RPL Applicants to still provide evidence of any relevant education qualifications they hold. Applicants who apply for RPL and do not hold a recognised academic tertiary qualification will have deducted from their total work experience a period of relevant IT professional experience deemed necessary to have reached the level of qualification allocated. For example, if an applicant is allocated a qualification level equivalent to a 2-year diploma, they will have two years deducted from the total of their recognized work experience, and therefore eight years in total will be needed. RPL Applicants are expected be able to provide detailed work references.
The ACS Defines Professional Membership Levels as being at the following Levels:
Member - MACS
Senior Member - MACS (Senior)
Fellow - FACS
Professional members of the ACS are still required to submit a separate Skills Assessment Application form.
For all ACS Members, we can access the documents you have already provided in your membership form. Please note that if a document has been accepted for membership, it will not automatically be accepted for Assessment for Migration purposes and you may be asked to provide new documents.
Applicants using membership of the ACS must be current financial members and have been a Member at the above listed level for at least one year before being eligible to apply under the membership discounted category.
Please do not send originals, as liability cannot be accepted for original documents.
All original documents (and the translation into English where required) are to be photocopied and certified by an official of the appropriate immigration office, a Justice of the Peace or a notary public official. Photocopies or faxed copies of certified documents are not acceptable.
Documents (original and/or certified copies) submitted for assessment will not be returned nor will copies be given to the applicant. Therefore it is in the applicant's own interest to have multiple copies certified.
All documents not in English must be accompanied by an English translation; this should be administered by a registered translation service. For list of registered translation service, please refer to: www.naati.com.au
Applicants must nominate their own ASCO Code. For further information relating to the ASCO Code assessed by the ACS, please refer to our current guidelines. The Society will nominate a code for those who have not yet commenced work i.e. recent graduates. If the Assessor disagrees with the applicant's nomination they will elect a more appropriate code; this will not affect a person's application to DIAC. Applicants are free to leave the ASCO Code blank. For the complete listing of ASCO Code, please refer to the Skilled Occupation List, in DIAC's website http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/pdf/1121i.pdf.
You are eligible for a "re-validation" application if:
Please note that Australian Recent Graduates are not eligible for re-validation.
- you have been previously been assessed as suitable as an ordinary Skills Assessment Applicant but your skills assessment result has already expired.
- And your previous skills assessment application was received after 1 October 2002.
You need to indicate this on the payment section of the application form that your are applying for re-validation. If you are unsure if you are entitled to a re-validation, please e-mail us and quote your previous reference number. Please also note that if you do not specify you are applying for a re-validation, the ACS will assume your application is for a new assessment, and the full fee will be charged.
To apply for a re-validation, you will need to provide:
- A new application form
- Re-validation payment
- Copy of previous assessment letter (or the reference number)
- Current identification
You need to lodge a new assessment application and pay a full applicable fee if:
- you have been previously assessed as suitable under the old guidelines (ie PAM guidelines or PIM 1 Guidelines). Please note that your assessment will be done based on our current guidelines. OR
- you have previously been assessed as unsuitable, and feel you now meet the guidelines.
Recent Graduates please note that once your qualification has expired, you can only be assessed as a Recent Graduate again if you have since completed a new qualification that meets the criteria.
Applicants that have previously applied for Skills Assessment do not need to provide all documents again.
To apply for a new assessment, you will need to provide:
- A new application form
- Appropriate payment
- Copy of previous assessment letter (or the reference number)
- Current identification
- Additional documentation
Please note that in spite of qualifications or experience previously being assessed as suitable, the ACS reserves the right to refute the previous decision or request further details relevant to these credentials.
Applicants that are requested by the society to provide additional information to support their application must do so within 35 days, if residing in Australia and 49 days per calendar, if residing overseas from the date of the ACS request. If the documentation is not received within this time, the case will be assessed on the documentation held and a result released.
It is in the applicant's best interest to be meticulous about the documents he/she sends because without such documentation, it may not be possible to make an accurate assessment within the allocated time frame.
If any documents submitted to the Society are found to have been falsified or forged the applicant's case will be closed without the issue of result. The fee will not be refunded.