The Australian Study Requirement does not require visa applicants to have completed a single course of study of 2 academic years’ duration. Applicants may use study undertaken to complete more than one degree, diploma or trade qualification to meet the Australian study requirement. So you can put together several qualifications in order to satisfy the requirement.
For the Subclass 485 visa in the Graduate Work stream, each degree, diploma, or trade qualification used to satisfy the Australian study requirement must be closely related to the applicant’s nominated skilled occupation. When weighing up whether a qualification is closely related to a nominated occupation, departmental officers must not confine themselves to looking at entry level tasks; whole career opportunities must be considered. For example, studying a Diploma or Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management (following completion of a Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery) may be appropriate for persons aspiring to work as a chef at management level.
Under policy, the following qualifications are deemed acceptable for all nominated occupations to meet the definition of ‘closely related’:
- Project Management
- Building and Construction (for trades qualifications)
- Building and Construction – Management (for trades qualifications)
So if you have completed a Diploma or advanced Diploma in one of the above mentioned areas we will be able to justify it and add the time to the other courses that will help you to obtain a 485 visa.
The courses of study need not have been undertaken within a 24 month period. It is possible to have a break between completing the first course and commencing the second.
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