Migration Focus: Why a Professional Year Program Provides More


Earlier this week the Australian government announced reforms to Australia’s migration options, including the abolition and replacement of the employer sponsored skilled migration 457 visa.

The 457 visa will be replaced with a new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) program which supports businesses in addressing genuine skills shortages whilst containing safeguards which prioritise Australian workers.

The reforms announced are part of the government’s significant reform package which aims to strengthen the integrity and quality of Australia’s migration and citizenship programs. Amongst the reforms are;

  • Requiring all applicants to pass a stand-alone English test, involving reading, writing, listening and speaking;
  • Strengthening the citizenship test with new and more meaningful questions that assess an applicant's understanding of - and commitment to - our shared values and responsibilities;
  • Requiring applicants to show the steps they have taken to integrate into and contribute to the Australian community;
  • Limiting the number of times an applicant can fail the citizenship test to three;
  • Introducing an automatic fail for applicants who cheat during the citizenship test.

Assisting international students with their Australian migration and career aspirations through training and education is at the core of what Performance Education Group does. The largest and one of the first approved providers of the government gazetted Professional Year program, Performance Education has helped over 11,500 overseas born Accounting and IT young professionals. 

Through a comprehensive 44 week program students undertake specialised training in business communication, business culture, workplace expectations and careers skills, and are exposed to an Australian workplace through a 12 week industry placement. Upon completion of the Professional Year program, qualifying candidates may be eligible to receive points towards their permanent residency under the Skilled Migration pathway. 

The program has outstanding outcomes in assisting international professionals prepare for work and life in Australia, whilst addressing Australia’s skills shortage.

As David Phua, GM-Commercial at Performance Education Group, explains “We are committed to helping graduates pursue their professional careers through high quality programs that appropriately prepare them for the Australian workplace. We understand that the vast majority of students who undertake this are doing so with the hope of living and working in Australia permanently. We believe the PY programs we offer provide graduates with the best opportunity to achieve this, combining excellent communication and workplace knowledge with a relevant and practical internship placement from which to launch their career.” 

As it stands the abolition of the 457 visa has no direct impact to the current MLTSSL (old SOL) list in relation to the Professional Year program. And after communications between the Professional Year governing bodies and a representative of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (Permanent Skilled Policy and Labour Market Analysis Section, Immigration and Citizenship Policy Division), the ACS and Joint Accounting Bodies say they have no reason to believe that this will have an adverse effect on the Professional Year program as it stands. 

For more information about the IT and Accounting Professional Year program and to asses its suitability as a migration pathway for you please visit http://www.performance.edu.au/professional-year or speak to your migration agent.

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