OVERVIEW - PROFESSIONAL YEAR

A Professional Year Program is a structured professional development program combining formal learning and workplace experience for the international student, who has graduated from a university in Australia. The main aim is to enhance the employability of International graduates of Accounting, IT and Engineering fields. Upon successful completion of the program, student earns 5 points towards permanent residency in Australia.

The Professional Year Program is a minimum of 44 week work readiness program, which is gazetted by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) and managed by the 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.


  • Gain extra 5 migration points upon successful completion of the program
  • Beneficial to meet the skills assessment requirement (for Accounting & ICT only)
  • Gain a Professional Year Program certificate
  • Enhance your CV and interview skills
  • Develop practical skills through a professional internship
  • Build your professional network with the industry
  • Understanding of the Australian workplace and industry

To Qualify for a Professional Year Program, you MUST :

  • Have graduated from a related higher education program within Australia (minimum 2 years duration)
  • Currently hold or applied for a Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485, either stream) with at least 12 months validity
  • Provide evidence of English language proficiency