The Professional Year Program is designed to kickstart the careers of international accounting and engineering graduates in Australia. It is a structured professional development program combining formal learning and workplace experience for the international student, who has graduated from a university in Australia. It also provides eligibility for migration points towards permanent residency. Upon successful completion of the program, student earns 5 points towards permanent residency in Australia.
A PYP prepares the individual for new career with relevant, practical training and workshops, a professional internship and networking opportunities. It allows students to develop industry-specific skills through study and work experience, preparing them for professional careers in the Australian workforce. The main aim is to enhance the employability of International graduates of Accounting, IT and Engineering fields.
It is a minimum of 44-week work-readiness program gazetted by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) and managed by respective Professional Bodies.
Over 44 weeks, participants develop workplace skills, become familiar with the norms and values in the Australian workplace as well as the Australian employment market and workplace culture, plus complete an internship placement to enhance career prospects in Australia.
SMIPA is a professional year program approved by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and developed by the three professional accounting bodies in Australia - CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants ANZ and the Institute of Public Accountants.
The Professional Year in Engineering has been developed by Engineering Education Australia (EEA) and the professional component is delivered by EEA. The program provides with membership of Engineers Australia and access to the Engineers Australia learning platform.
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 PY program provides IT graduates with a guided pathway from university to employment in Australia.