Updated on 01 Dec 2020
ACS is the authorised assessing authority that undertakes skill assessments for the purposes of skilled migration. Our role is to assess the skills and qualifications of ICT professionals who are considering migration to Australia to work in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector.
This is an important role in Australia’s national interest, intended to supplement the Australian workforce with skills in areas of domestic shortage to ensure continued economic growth and enable the country to best position itself for continued prosperity.
Before you submit a migration skills assessment please review the Skills Assessment Guidelines for Applicants.
These Guidelines describe the eligibility requirements in applying for a skills assessment under the Migration Skills Assessment program. They do not provide specific information on migration or visa requirements. All enquiries relating to visa and migration requirements must be directed to the Department of Home Affairs.
Skills Assessment Information:
1.ANZSCO Unit Group 2621 includes 3 occupations:
- 262111 Database Administrator
- 262112 ICT Security Specialist
- 262113 Systems Administrator
With Cyber Security now being its own occupation discipline, applicants applying under the ICT
Security specialist ANZSCO occupation code will be assessed based on separate criteria to the other
occupations in this Unit Group. This will also align ACS migration skills assessment with current
initiatives within ACS cyber security certification and accreditation of cyber security university
2. Acceptance of Electronics subjects in ICT qualifications:
ACS has undertaken a review of Electronics subjects and their relevance within ICT. ACS will now
only accept Digital Electronics subjects when assessing qualification unit content. Analogue and
other non-ICT related electronics subjects will no longer be accepted when assessing qualifications.
Applicants may provide a subject/course outline to support an assessment of “Electronic” related
subjects which we will consider.
3. Seoul Accord qualification recognition
Seoul Accord is a multilateral agreement between countries that allows certain University level
Bachelor and Master degrees to be recognized by the Seoul Accord signatories. ACS has been a
signatory of the Seoul Accord since its conception in 2008. Qualifications recognised through mutual recognition under the Seoul Accord will be considered to have met the ICT major criteria for migration skills assessment purposes. Assessment suitability is however still subject to assessment against the nominated ANZSCO occupation.
Signatory Countries include:
- South Korea
- Hong Kong
Should an applicant wish to have their qualification assessed under the Seoul Accord, the onus of
proof falls solely on the applicant to notify the ACS of this and to provide the ACS with sufficient
evidence that their qualification is mutually recognized under the Seoul Accord. Evidence would
include screenshots taken directly from the Seoul Accord website Accredited Programs clearly
showing that their qualification is recognised. ACS assessors will have discretion to accept or reject
the evidence provided.
Note that these changes will come into effect as of 1 July 2020
|Temporary Graduate - 485 Skills Assessment
|Post Australian Study Skills Assessment
|Skills (general application)
|Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
All skills assessment fees include a total of eight assessment episodes per application. An assessment episode can be made up of qualifications or employment documentation. This means you can submit any combination of qualifications and employment episodes that total eight episodes per application.
A $50 fee applies for each additional qualification or employment episode that exceeds the maximum of eight per application. Fees are in Australian dollars (AUD).
ACS Assessment Process
The ACS ICT skills assessment will assess if your educational qualifications and work experience are at a professional ICT level and closely related to the nominated occupation (ANZSCO) for migration purposes.
ACS Guidelines and Criteria:
PO Box Q534 Queen Victoria Building, Sydney NSW 1230
General Membership Email:
Migration Skills Assessment Email:
P: +61 2 9299 3666
Level 27, Tower One, 100 Barangaroo Avenue, Sydney NSW 2000