ACS Skills assessment

ACS skills assessment, Australian Computer society

ACS (Australian Computer Society) Skills assessment

The ACS skills assessment  is conducted by the Australian Computer Society (ACS), which is  the professional association for Australia’s ICT (Information and Communication Technology) sector. The Australian Computer Society (ACS) was formed on 1 January 1966.

ACS Membership

The ACS has over 22,000 members. Membership is open to Individuals over 16 years of age who are engaged in or training for ICT practice which, either directly or indirectly, uses their ICT knowledge, skills and experience can become a member of the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

There are four ACS membership grades:

  • Associate
  • Member
  • Senior Member
  • Fellow

Useful links:

ACS Skills assessment

The ACS skills assessment will assess whether your educational qualifications and work experience are at a professional ICT level and closely related to the nominated occupation for Australian migration purposes.

ACS Skills assessment – Skilled independent visa — Subclass 189

The ACS conducts skills assessment for the following 6 ANZSCO codes for skilled independent applicants. Temporary Graduate 485 skills assessments applicants should only apply for for the following 6 ANZSCO codes listed below:

ACS Skills assessment – Skilled sponsored visa — Subclass 190

ACS assesses the following occupations for nominated or sponsorship applicants.

ACS application types for  ACS skills assessment

The following four ACS application types are available  for  ACS skills assessment  for migration purposes:

  1. Temporary Graduate — 485 Skills Assessment is a ‘qualification only’ skills assessment – For graduates that have competed an Australian Bachelor degree or higher and wish to apply for a 485 visa. This is and can only be used to apply for a subclass 485 visa.
  2. Post Australian Study Skills Assessment is for graduates who have completed an Australian Bachelor degree or higher and would like a skill assessment for migration purposes in general. They will need Relevant ICT employment or completion of an ACS Professional Year program.
  3. Skills Assessment is a general skills assessment application to assess your tertiary ICT qualifications and ICT employment.
  4. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is for applicants with qualifications with no or insufficient ICT, or applicants having no tertiary qualifications. The applicants will require 6 years of full time professional ICT work experience in a field closely related to the nominated ANZSCO Code if they hold a Non ICT or insufficient ICT qualification and 8 years if they do not have any qualifications.

   ACS skills assessment — Useful resources

  • Migration Agent Login
  • To find a migration agent: Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA)
  • Skills Assessment Guidelines for Applicants
  • Summary of Criteria
  • ANZSCO Code Descriptions
  • ACS Application Check List
  • How to Upload Additional Documents for ACS skills assessment
  • ACS Review and Appeal Guide
  • ACS Core Body of Knowledge for ICT Professionals (CBOK)
  • Frequently asked Questions – ACS
    • ANZSCO Codes – FAQs
    • Qualification – FAQs
    • Temporary Graduate — 485 FAQs
    • Post Australian Study
    • Employment – FAQs
    • Priority Service – FAQs
    • Making an Application – FAQs
    • Recognition of Prior Learning – RPL
  • Checking your ACS application status
  • ACS Recognition of Prior Learning Form- (MS Word) – to be completed as  part of a  Recognition of Prior Learning Application only
  • Migration Agent Authorisation Form(PDF)
  • Migration Agent Password Re-Set(PDF)
  • Review and Appeal Guide(PDF)
  • How to Upload Additional Documents(PDF)
  • How to Upload an ACS Professional Year Program Certificate(PDF)
  • Understanding the ACS Result Letter – 2014(PDF)
  • Skills Assessment Password Process(PDF)

Contacting ACS skills assessment team:

  • Email
  • Phone
    • Phone:  +61 (0)2 9299 3666 (between   9.30am -12.30pm AEDST)

ACS skills assessment fees and charges

Application TypeFee in AUD
Temporary Graduate – 485 Skills Assessment$475
Post Australian Study Skills Assessment$500
Skills (general application)$500
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)$550
Review Application$395
Appeal Application$395

Accepted credit cards for ACS skills assessment:

  • Visa
  • MasterCard
  • American Express

Direct Deposit to pay fees for ACS skills assessment:

Bank:  Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Branch:  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 (for International Fund Transfer ONLY):  CTBAAU2S


ACS Skills Assessment: Software Engineer Australia ANZSCO 261313:

Software Engineer Australia ANZSCO 261313:


Designs, develops, modifies, documents, tests, implements, installs and supports software applications and systems.

Skill Level


Alternative Titles

  • Software Architect
  • Software Designer


  • Computer Applications Engineer
  • Database Designer
  • Systems Architect

Group: 2613 Software and Applications Programmers


design, develop, test, maintain and document program code in accordance with user requirements, and system and technical specifications.


  • researching, consulting, analysing and evaluating system program needs
  • identifying technology limitations and deficiencies in existing systems and associated processes, procedures and methods
  • testing, debugging, diagnosing and correcting errors and faults in an applications programming language within established testing protocols, guidelines and quality standards to ensure programs and applications perform to specification
  • writing and maintaining program code to meet system requirements, system designs and technical specifications in accordance with quality accredited standards
  • writing, updating and maintaining technical program, end user documentation and operational procedures
  • providing advice, guidance and expertise in developing proposals and strategies for software design activities such as financial evaluation and costings for recommending software purchases and upgrades

Skill Level

Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. At least five years of relevant experience and/or relevant vendor certification may substitute for the formal qualification. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).

Occupations in this Group: Software Engineer Australia  

Software Engineer Australia Migration | ANZSCO 261313 | Description of Closely Related Core ICT Units (as given by Australian Computer Society):

  • Algorithm design and development – Compilers — (Compiler Construction, Compiler Theory) – Data structures – Formal languages — (Formal Methods, Functional Programming) – Human Computer Interaction – Object Oriented Programming – Operating systems — (Unix, Linux, Xenix, Network OS) – Programming — (C, C++, Objective C, Visual C, Basic, Visual Basic, Java, Assembler, Cobol, Pascal, PL/1, Fortran, PHP, Pearl, AS3, FoxPro, and similar) – Software Engineering – Systems Programming – Testing strategies and methods — (Software Testing)

Software Engineer Australia Migration | ANZSCO 261313 | Description of Additional Closely Related ICT Units (as given by Australian Computer Society):

  • Artificial intelligence – Automata theory – Business Information Systems – Computer Science – Critical Path Method – Database design, Database implementation – Database Management Systems — (Relational Database, Object Oriented Database, RDBMS) – Expert Systems – File Processing – Information Systems – Introduction to ICT — (Introduction to Computer Science, Computer Theory, Introduction to Business Computing, Computer Science I) – Introduction to Information Systems – Management Information Systems – Object Oriented Systems Analysis and Design – Object Oriented technologies – Project Management – Quality management — (Quality Assurance, Software Quality) – Requirements gathering – Software validation — (Software Testing) – Structure of languages – Systems Analysis and Design – Telematics – User Requirements Definition – Web Engineering — (Web Design, Internet Engineering)

Software Engineer Australia Migration | ANZSCO 261313 | Australia Job prospects for Software and Applications Programmers (according to Australian Department of Employment):

As published by Australian Department of Employment

  • “Over the five years to November 2019, the number of job openings for Software and Applications Programmers is expected to be above average (between 25,001 and 50,000).
  • Employment for this occupation rose very strongly (in percentage terms) in the past five years and rose strongly in the long-term (ten years). Looking forward, employment for Software and Applications Programmers to November 2020 is expected to grow very strongly.
  • This is a very large occupation (98,300 in November 2015) suggesting that opportunities should be available in most regions.
  • Software and Applications Programmers have a high proportion of full-time jobs (92.4 per cent). For Software and Applications Programmers working full-time, average weekly hours are 38.7 (compared to 40.2 for all occupations) and earnings are high — in the ninth decile. Unemployment for Software and Applications Programmers is below average.
  • The most common level of educational attainment for Software and Applications Programmers is Bachelor degree (61.4 per cent).
  • Software and Applications Programmers are mainly employed in: Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Financial and Insurance Services; and Public Administration and Safety.”

Software Engineer Australia Migration | ANZSCO 261313 | Possible job titles:

  • Application Developer, Application Integration Engineer, Applications Developer, Computer Consultant, Information Technology Analyst (IT Analyst), Software Architect, Software Developer, Software Development Engineer, Software Engineer, Technical Consultant




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