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                                       AUSTRALIAN COMPUTER SOCIETY INCORPORATED
                                                      APPLICATION FOR RPL Assessment
                                                                     PIM 2, Issue 8, 3 July 2006
                                                                     (Migration Purposes Only)

                 You must read this section BEFORE you complete the application form
                                                                        representative cannot sign on your behalf.
                                                                        Processing Time
The Australian Computer Society is the approved professional
organisation providing advice on skills recognition for prospective     The assessment procedure takes approximately 8-10 weeks;
migrants to Australia. Under the agreement between the ACS              during this time we ask applicants not to contact the office, as this
and the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), those         will delay the processing period.
seeking to migrate to Australia as an IT Professional must
                                                                        These times are guides and there is no guarantee of delivery.
complete an assessment through the ACS prior to lodging a
                                                                        Please note when further documentation is requested, the time lost
migration application.
                                                                        is not considered part of the processing time.
Applications will be assessed under the current guidelines used         Applicants can check the status of their application on-line.
at the time of receiving.                                               Enquiries to the progress of application should only be made when
                                                                        there is a genuine concern that the application may have been
Completing Application Form                                             misplaced or lost.

Applicants are expected to have read the ACS Guidelines and             The ACS will issue an email acknowledgement by e-mail within 5-
the General Skilled Migration booklet, published by DIMA, prior to      10 working days of receiving your application. This email will
submitting an application.                                              contain your reference number along with your password to
                                                                        access the status online. The email acknowledgement may be
The ACS does not provide advice on visas or issue points for            used as a receipt for those requiring to apply for the Graduate
migration. Please refer to the DIAC website for details.                Temporary Visa.
An Application for Assessment must consist of:                          We do not offer a priority service nor can we guarantee an exact
                                                                        processing time. It is the applicant's obligation to lodge the
•        Project Reports (refer to end of RPL form for details)         documents in full with enough time for the ACS to process it.
•        Passport or Birth Certificate
•        Details of Relevant Tertiary Qualifications (if applicable)    Fees
•        Employer references
•        Resume
•        Fees                                                           RPL Assessment A$450
                                                                        Appeal A$300
All applicants must answer all questions on the application form        Re-validation A$200
and not just make references to the CV/Resume.
                                                                        The fee is non-refundable and subject to change without
The ACS full application process is available from our website
                                                                        notification. Fees must be made in Australian Currency and in
                                                                        one of the following methods:
Certified Documents
                                                                              Cheque/Money order/International bank draft
Please ensure that only certified copies of original documents are             These should be made payable to The Australian
supplied. All original documents (and the translation into English             Computer Society.
where required) are to be photocopied and certified by an official
of the appropriate immigration office, a Justice of the Peace or a            Credit card
notary public official. Photocopies or faxed copies of certified               Major credit cards are acceptable: Visa Card, Mastercard,
documents are not acceptable. The local lawyers, Justices of the               American Express and Australian Bank Card (not eftpos
Peace and Notary of Public in your country are authorised to                   card)
certify documents.
                                                                               Those who pay by Credit Card are warned that should the
All documents not in English must be accompanied by an English                 bank decline the transaction, alternative method of payment
translation; this should be administered by a registered                       must be arranged. Credit card payment will not be
translation service. For list of registered translation service,               acceptable in this instance. Your processing time will pause
please refer to:                                              until a new payment (via another form) is made.

Documents will not be Returned                                                International fund transfer/Direct deposit
Documents (original and/or certified copies) submitted for                      If you wish to pay by transfer, our account details are as
assessment will not be returned nor will copies be given to the                follows:
applicant. Therefore it is in the applicant's own interest to send             Bank: Commonwealth Bank of Australia
certified copies only and have multiple copies certified.                      Address: 41 Oxford Street, SYDNEY, NSW 2000,
Third Party Dealings                                                           Bank Branch Number (BSB): 062 - 017
                                                                               Account Name: Australian Computer Society Inc.
Australia’s privacy legislation prohibits the ACS from dealing with            Account Number: 80 - 1049
a third party concerning your application unless specifically                  Swift Code: CTBAAU2S
authorised to do so. If you wish someone, such as a Migration
Agent or family member, to deal with the ACS on your behalf you
must tick the relevant box on the Application Form and provide
full contact details of the agent or representative. You must sign
the Applicant’s Declaration yourself – your agent or
If paying by transfer, please be sure to include the applicant’s        Occupations in Demand
surname in the Remitter Details of your payment advice so that it
can be easily traced in our records. Please also include a copy of      The Migration Occupations in Demand List (MODL), published by
transfer paperwork/evidence in the application as proof of              the Department of Immigration, describes those occupations and
payment.                                                                specialisations that are in short supply and which are in demand
                                                                        for migration purposes.
Assessment Procedure
                                                                        If your nominated occupation is on the MODL either at the time
Once the assessment is complete the ACS will provide to the             your application is lodged or assessed, you will be eligible for
applicant or to the applicant’s migration agent if applicable a         “occupation in demand/job offer” points on the General Skilled
written statement indicating the suitability of their skills as an IT   Migration points test. You will receive extra points if you have a job
Professional. This assessment if positive is merely the first step      offer from a suitable Australian employer. You will only be awarded
in the migration process and does not guarantee residency status        MODL points if your skills assessment from the ACS states you
or employment.                                                          have met the criteria to be recognised in one of these
The assessment result will be posted out to you at the address
nominated in your application form or to the person acting on           For the ACS to assess your suitability for MODL points you must
your behalf.                                                            provide detailed and descriptive employer references concerning
                                                                        your professional ICT experience sufficient for your claim to be
An incomplete application will cause delay to the application and       substantiated.
therefore fall outside the usual processing timeframe.
                                                                        Please note that we can only determine MODL from professional
Applicants that are requested by the society to provide additional
                                                                        ICT experience. This means that we will not consider you for
information to support their application must do so within 35 days,
                                                                        MODL based on your study.
if residing in Australia and 49 days per calendar, if residing
overseas from the date of the ACS request. If the documentation
                                                                        In order to be assessed against MODL, applicants are expected to
is not received within this time, the case will be assessed on the
                                                                        satisfy the basic skills assessment requirement. Please refer to the
documentation held.
                                                                        current guidelines for the complete information on our requirement
Special Document requirements
                                                                        For the complete details on MODL and related points, please refer
Those applicants who believe they meet the criteria to apply as         occupations/occupations-in-demand.htm
an Australian Recent Graduate (and therefore exempted from
recent work experience) must provide all relevant information as        Revalidation
with an ordinary Skills Applicant. The term “Australian Recent
Graduate” applies for applicant seeking exemption from recent           Revalidation is an extension of your positive assessment, with the
work experience because of study in Australia. Specific details of      current date. For further information on documents to supply and
the study in Australia are available from DIMA website                  payment, please refer to our website
Recent Graduates are required to provide evidence of all tertiary
education qualifications achieved (Post High School Education),         You may lodge an appeal application if you:
regardless of their relevance. To demonstrate their current
qualification, they must provide a letter of completion from the                Disagree with any information included within your
University as well as the official Academic Transcripts.                         assessment.
                                                                                Are not satisfied with the assessment result
The ACS does not accept web print-outs of transcripts under any
                                                                                Have additional information that was not included in the
                                                                                 initial assessment application.
Recent Graduates are also required to provide a letter of                       Have received a suitable assessment, but would like to
exemption for every subject that has been exempted (or where                     have your ASCO code changed due to the Sydney and
any Advanced Standing has been given).                                           Selected Areas Skilled Shortage List (SSASSL)
                                                                                 scheme. Please refer to DIMA website for further
Graduates must apply within sufficient time to enable the Society                information:
to complete the assessment before the 6 months expires.                
The ACS cannot advise you whether your course is going to                       Have received a suitable assessment, but would like to
meet the standards pre-assessment nor advise you what courses                    have MODL included in your assessment.
and subjects to study. We advise if you have any questions to
please speak to an IT Faculty Member at your University.                For full information regarding our appeal procedure, form and
                                                                        payment, please refer to Appeals.
Please also note you should not apply until your course has been
completed. If an applicant applies to the ACS before the
completion date, their Recent Graduate Course cannot be
considered complete.
                                          AUSTRALIAN COMPUTER SOCIETY INCORPORATED
                                                       RPL APPLICATION FOR SKILLS ASSESSMENT
                                                                      PIM 2, Issue 8, 3 July 2006
                                                                      (Migration Purposes Only)

                                               Prev Assessment outcome: _________________                   Agents No: _______________
Prev No: _________________

                                   Please refer to the "Requirements for Assessment“ before filling in this form.

    Title (Mr., Mrs., and Dr etc.)                                                                    ASCO Code

             Surname                                                                                 Occupation

          Given Name
 Any other names you have used
        (e.g. prior to marriage)

         Private Address

                                              Telephone                           Fax                                 Postcode

     Agents Name/Number
         Agent’s Address
          (if applicable)

                                              Telephone                           Fax                                Postcode

Applicant’s email
                                                                                    Contact will be made by e-           I do not wish to be
                                                                                      mail unless otherwise             contacted by e-mail.
Agent’s email
                                                                                            directed.                    (Please tick)   
  Date of Birth                                                                       Country of Residence

 Country of Birth                                                                       Passport Number
Members of a recognised computer society (see Requirements for
Assessment) should state society name, grade, membership number


RPL Assessment fee: $450.00                                                                    TOTAL FEE:           $450.00 (non-GST)

                                                   Cheques should be made payable to Australian Computer Society. Please enclose with
                                                   your application. If payment is by credit card, please complete the details below.

     Card Number                                                                                    Bankcard             Amex
                                                                                                (not eftpos card)

       Expiry Date                                                                               MasterCard              Cheque/
                                                                                                                         Money Order
 Cardholder Name                                                                                           Visa          Direct Deposit

I (cardholder) authorise the ACS to charge the amount shown to my credit card.

   TERTIARY QUALIFICATIONS: Documentary evidence of your academic record issued by the educational institution(s) must
   accompany your application. You will need to provide an original certified copy of your academic transcripts and testamurs.

                                                                                                                              The time in
                                                                                            Was the            Normal
                                               Date                                                                           which you
                          Date course                                 Name of             qualification       length of
    Qualifications                          qualification                                                                       took to
                           completed                        Institution/Awarding Body      full-time or        full-time
                                             awarded                                                                           complete
                                                                                            part-time           course
                                                                                                                              the course

SUMMARY OF RELEVANT EXPERIENCE AND POSITIONS HELD: (complete this section and attach a resume showing positions
 held, periods for these positions and details of responsibilities and relevant ICT experience). Note: experience is not required for
                       applicants claiming 2 year study in Australia – exemption from recent work experience.

                                                                            MODL Nomination
 From           To                                      Position          (Please refer to the list
                             Organisation                                                                 Details (responsibilities etc.)
Mth/year      Mth/year                                                     published by DIMIA)
CHECKLIST (This section MUST be completed)
(Please tick appropriate answer)

Have you included a copy of your birth                                                 Y[    ]                             N[    ]
certificate/passport/Australian visa?

Have you attached payment?                                                             Y[    ]                             N[    ]

Have you included your testamur and transcript?                                        Y[    ]                             N[    ]

Have you included employer references?                                                 Y[    ]                             N[    ]

Have you included a resume?                                                            Y[    ]                             N[    ]

Have you included (if appropriate) official translations?                              Y[    ]                             N[    ]

Have you included Project reports?                                                     Y[    ]                             N[    ]

DECLARATION                     This acknowledgement must be signed by the main applicant

The Australian Computer Society (ACS) has created a Privacy Policy and guidelines to guide our relationship with our members,
prospective members and any other individuals having contact with the ACS. The Privacy Policy can be reviewed on our website at
This application is made in accordance with the ACS Skills Assessment Guidelines which form part of this application as if they were set out
fully in it. It is normal practice for the ACS to disclose part or all of the information collected to the Australian Government for migration
purposes and the applicant authorises ACS to make such disclosure.
Skill Assessments are not an assessment of a person’s suitability for employment, the quality of their work or the likely success or otherwise
of obtaining Australian residency status.

I declare that all information provided in or with this application is true and correct. In Australia penalties apply for providing
false, misleading or fraudulent information.
I authorise ACS to make any enquiries it considers necessary or desirable to assist in the processing of my application
and/or assessment of my skills, and
I authorise ACS to disclose part or all of any information collected in relation to this application for any purpose it considers
necessary or desirable to assist in the processing of my application and/or assessment of my skills.

          Signature of


PO BOX Q534                                                            LEVEL 3 , 160 CLARENCE STREET
QVB SYDNEY NSW 1230                                                    SYDNEY NSW 2000
AUSTRALIA                                                              AUSTRALIA

Information about the Areas of Knowledge.

After studying the CBOK document tick those Areas of Knowledge that you believe you have
learned from your experience.

 1     Computer Organisation and Architecture
 2     Conceptual Modeling
 3     Database Management
 4     Data Communications and Networks
 5     Data Structures and Algorithms
 6     Discrete Mathematics
 7     Ethical/Social Implications/Professional Practice
 8     Interpersonal Communications
 9     Program Design and Implementation
 10    Project Management
 11    Security
 12    Software Engineering and Methodologies
 13    Systems Analysis and Design
 14    Systems Software


Please detail relation between selected Areas of Knowledge above and what learned from Type of
Work and Qualifications.

This section of RPL needs to be specific and detailed as to how and where you have learned the
knowledge from. This is being one of the most important part of the assessment and therefore
ought to be comprehensive in its content and clarity. It is very important that you explain what and
how you learnt the areas of knowledge using your experience as the basis of learning.

                                           EXPERIENCE RELATED TO WHAT LEARNED FROM
                                           TYPE OF WORK
SECTION 3: (ctd)

                                  QUALIFICATIONS AND
                                  EXPERIENCE RELATED TO WHAT
                                  LEARNED FROM TYPE OF WORK

                                        RPL Project Reports

     To accompany existing RPL documentation, applicants will now be required to submit two
     Project Reports, each of approximately 1000 words (two A4 pages).

     Each report is to relate to a significant project or work episode undertaken by the applicant
     during his or her professional career. The purpose of these reports is to enable applicants to
     demonstrate their command and implementation of the areas of knowledge claimed in
     Section 3 of the RPL application.

   Each report must address the following headings :
1. Dates and duration of the project described.
2. Applicant’s employer at the time of the project.
3. A brief description of the nature of the project.
4. A description of the role played by the applicant (e.g. analyst, designer, programmer, network
   engineer, project manager, etc.)
5. The technical aspects of the applicant’s involvement in the project as they relate to the areas
   of the Core Body Of Knowledge categories in which the applicant claims expertise. This
   must contain sufficient detail to demonstrate the applicant’s knowledge and the manner in
   which this has been applied to the project.

     Depending on the nature of the applicant’s role in the project, this would be expected
     to cover a selection of such factors as:

     System analysis and design and software engineering methodologies used;
     Contribution to the processes involved in the design and implementation of enterprise-wide
     computer systems;
     Programming languages, design paradigms and implementation procedures adopted;
     Database and/or file design and management techniques employed;
     Network topologies, including size, distribution and security facilities installed;
     Project management and quality assurance techniques followed;
     Internet application design, including database interactivity and security measures
     IT managerial activities, demonstrating the nature and extent of responsibilities.

     The report is to be written by the applicant and is to relate specifically to the
     applicant’s own activities in these areas and not merely to be a description of the
     project as a whole or publicity material relating to the project.

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