THE AUSTRALIAN COMPUTER SOCIETY INC.
RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING
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.
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
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
• Fees RPL Assessment A$450
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:
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)
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: www.naati.com.au 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.
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
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 www.acs.org.au/assessment
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. http://www.immi.gov.au/migration/skilled/sydney_skills_lis
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
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
Any other names you have used
(e.g. prior to marriage)
Telephone Fax Postcode
Telephone Fax Postcode
Contact will be made by e- I do not wish to be
mail unless otherwise contacted by e-mail.
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
METHOD OF PAYMENT
your application. If payment is by credit card, please complete the details below.
Card Number Bankcard Amex
(not eftpos card)
Expiry Date MasterCard Cheque/
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
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.
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[ ]
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
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.
BY SIGNING THIS APPLICATION:
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.
APPLICATION TO BE SENT TO:
AUSTRALIAN COMPUTER SOCIETY OR AUSTRALIAN COMPUTER SOCIETY
PO BOX Q534 LEVEL 3 , 160 CLARENCE STREET
QVB SYDNEY NSW 1230 SYDNEY NSW 2000
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
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.
AREA OF KNOWLEDGE RELEVANT PRIOR QUALIFICATIONS AND
EXPERIENCE RELATED TO WHAT LEARNED FROM
TYPE OF WORK
SECTION 3: (ctd)
AREA OF KNOWLEDGE RELEVANT PRIOR
EXPERIENCE RELATED TO WHAT
LEARNED FROM TYPE OF WORK
SECTION 4: BRIEF SUMMARY OF CONCLUSIONS
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
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.