Skills Assessment Article - ACS - ICT Business Analyst

Skills Assessment Article - ACS - ICT Business Analyst

Migration to Australia is a difficult and long process, particularly without assistance from a migration professional. One of the strongest visa pathways into Australia is through a skilled work visa however this will usually require a long and complicated skills assessment.

Finding out whether your occupation is included on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL), the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL), the Regional Occupation List (ROL) or the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) ROL List can easily be accomplished using the Skills Occupation List on the Home Affairs website.

There are even more occupations that have been removed from the SOL but still have an ANZSCO CODE and are listed on a Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) however, to find these occupations requires extensive manual searching.

Finding the Australian equivalent to your occupation equally may bring some challenges. Often the ANZSCO listing will display alternative titles for an occupation but equally they contain descriptions of the jobs duties. If you cannot find specifically your occupation it is recommended to read through the job descriptors to find one similar.

Each occupation belongs to an occupation grouping however often occupations that are similar to each other will belong to different occupation groupings. Take your time looking through the occupations on this list to find the right one for you. Today we will be looking at a skills assessment for the ANZSCO occupation; 261111 - ICT Business Analyst.

Oftentimes strategically evaluating what occupations you can apply for in consideration of your attained qualifications and work experience is a worthwhile practice for boosting the chance of success for your skills assessment and a migration lawyer can greatly assist in this process. For example, professions within group 2611 - ICT Business and Systems Analysts would often share qualifications and work experience with those from group 2252 ICT Sales Professionals however these groups have different assessing authorities and thus different application process, rules and requirements.

In this article we will be going through the process of a migration skills assessment with the Australian Computer Society (ACS) specifically for the occupation of ICT Business Analyst, ANZSCO 261111.

Firstly you should find this occupation on the skilled occupation list:

This provides us with details of the ANZSCO occupation group such as the occupations within the group, skill level required and qualifications required.

A list of visas that can be applied for with this occupation is also displayed as well as on what occupation lists this occupation can be found - here the medium to long term strategic skills list (MLTSSL). Finally, relevant to our purposes, we can find out the assessing authority for a skills assessment and click through to their website (ACS).

Migration Skills Assessment through ACS - 261111 ICT Business Analyst

The Australian Computer Society is an Australian government accredited assessing authority for a number of computer related occupations for migration skills assessments. Before beginning your application through the ACS website you should prepare your documents. ACS provides a series of downloadable documents to help you with your skills assessment. One of these that is critical is the ACS Application Checklist, particularly if you are considering doing this skills assessment without the assistance of a migration expert.

This document will provide you with an extensive list of documents needed for an ACS application. This article will provide a more understandable and briefer version of this list so if you want more information it is advised to visit this page and take a look at the Skills Assessment Information documents.

There are four pathways for ACS applications;

  1. Temporary Graduate (TG) - skills assessment for graduates of an Australian degree for specific use for a 485 visa.
  2. Post Australian Study (PAS) - skills assessment for graduates of an Australian degree for general migration uses
  3. General Skills Assessment - suitable for people with ICT qualifications and ICT work experience - please refer to the table reproduced from ACS below for requirements for this pathway:
  1. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) - for applicants with no tertiary ICT qualification or no qualification at all. This is a difficult pathway and breaks down in two ways:
  2. If your qualification is assessed as AQF Diploma or higher and with insufficient ICT content, you will require 6 years relevant work experience completed anytime in your past work history, plus a suitable Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) application to meet the suitability criteria.
  3. If you have no recognised tertiary educational qualification you will require 8 years relevant work experience plus a suitable Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) application to meet the suitability criteria.

You will be required to submit two Project Reports within an RPL application which demonstrate how you obtained your ICT knowledge. Each report must provide a detailed description of a career episode in your employment history with sufficient detail of evidence in applying the claimed ICT knowledge in a working situation.

Of the two reports, one must apply to a project undertaken within the last three (3) years, and the other for a project within the last five (5) years.

Whichever pathway you choose you need to know what you have to prove. For example you are applying for a skills assessment for an ICT Business Analyst and you have a degree from Canada in business with a minor in ICT Business Analysis.

Pathways 1, 2 and 4 aren’t relevant. Here you would choose pathway three then specifically following the table above → Bachelor Degree or Higher → ICT Minor highly relevant. This tells you that you require your qualification and you will have to prove 5 years ICT work from the past 10 years or 6 years of ICT work from any time to fulfill your skills assessment.

Once you are certain of your pathway, you will have to prepare your documents with particular emphasis on the pay evidence. Keep in mind that you need to prove each year of employment from each employer, not just the employment period per employer.

If you still are uncertain of how many years of employment you have to prove or are having problems with the whole process it is strongly recommended to contact some professional legal migration services. It isn’t cheap to apply for a skills assessment and a failed skills assessment will not be refunded, nor do they have any requirement to contact you for more information. With ACS a general skills assessment will cost $530 and $575 for RPL.

If you are interested in the ACS skills assessment process and have more questions or if you want to avail professional legal services for your migration needs whether it be a skills assessment, visa application or citizenship application for Australia please contact Comandini Migration Services at comandini.migration@gmail.com.

All information in this article is relevant as of the 21st of March 2023

Documents Needed

Depending on your pathway you may have to prove close to a decade's worth of employment, not just that it happened but also that it was highly relevant to ICT Business Analysis. On top of this you have to provide identity documents and evidence of your qualifications.

Personal Documents

The following documents should be prepared for your ACS skills assessment;

  • Three forms of ID one being a primary form of identification such as your passport or Birth Certificate. Two additional government issued forms of identification may be required from the current country of residence or from the country of birth and one of these needs a photo of the applicant.
  • Evidence of any name change
  • Resume / Curriculum Vitae
  • Evidence of Priority Request form (if relevant / necessary)
  • Migration Agent Authorising form

Qualification Documents

  • Academic Transcript AND
  • Award Certificate or a completion letter (only for Australian Qualifications)
  • Provide these details for any underpinning qualification (e.g. your bachelors if you have a masters)

Work Experience Documents

  • Employer/Work References on company letterhead OR Third party statutory declaration

The employer reference must contain the following details:

  1. Start and Finish Dates of Employment – these should be specific dates in a DD/MM/YYYY format. If your role is ‘current’ the employer reference should state, the start date and the finish date to state “CURRENT”.
  2. Position title – i.e.: “Software Engineer”.
  3. Description of Duties Performed – Required to determine the relevance of the experience to the nominated occupation and should be unique for each employment episode.
  4. Hours worked - Full time or Part time and actual hours worked per week.
  5. Country where Employment was undertaken.
  6. Contact details of signatory i.e. phone number and official email address (no personal email addresses)

If using a third party statutory declaration all Statutory Declarations or Affidavits must clearly state that the document was "Sworn Before" or "Signed Before" or "Witnessed Before" the authorised witness by the referee and signed by the authorised witness, along with the date and place in which the declaration was witnessed.

The Statutory Declaration or Affidavit must be written by a third-party work colleague in a managerial or supervisory level and NOT written by you, the applicant.

The declarant must provide at least one of the following as evidence of their working relationship with the applicant:

  • Employment certificate/statement of service
  • Leaving certificate if no longer working at the same company.

An explanation will be required from your employer as to why an employment reference letter cannot be provided.

Overall using an Employer reference is a much easier proof to use as use of the statutory declarations is reserved for where official documents cannot be acquired, e.g. where a business has subsequently closed but even in these situations usually an employer reference is still possible.

Finally, if you are applying for RPL then you will also require an ACS Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Form the latest version of which can be downloaded from the ACS website.

Payment Evidence

Two proofs are required for each employment episode being claimed. Furthermore this evidence must document the commencement and end date of the employment in some capacity. If they are still employed there then the most recent dated document is needed.

The documents that can be utilised include:

  • Official government tax records or documents that may include payment summaries, group certificates or notices of assessment (citing company and applicant name)
  • At least three Payslips citing names of the applicant and employer
  • Employment linked insurance/superannuation documents citing the name of the applicant and employer
  • Bank statements showing salary payments from employer (citing applicants name and name of employer).

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