Professional Year Program

The Professional Year is a structured professional development program combining formal learning and workplace experience. Professional Year (PY) Programs are gazetted by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) to address Australia’s skills shortage through enhancing the employability of recent international graduates in specific professions.

A Professional Year will:

  • familiarise participants with the norms and values in the Australian workplace as well as the Australian employment market and workplace culture
  • teach participants how to communicate effectively and professionally in the Australian workplace with colleagues, managers and clients
  • include an internship (work experience) to educate participants about all aspects of work practices in an Australian company

The Professional Year must have been undertaken for a period of at least 12 months in the 48 months immediately before applying and be in either:

  • the applicants nominated skilled occupation
  • a closely related skilled occupation

Points (for migration purpose) can only be awarded for Professional Year courses that have been specified by the minister.

The following Professional Year courses have been specified by the minister:

  • Computing science
  • Accounting
  • Engineering