A rapid growth in the Australian economy has recently been accompanied by an equally increasing use of digital technology in a wide range of industry sectors. ICT (Information and Communications Technology) skills continue to play an important role today as well as in future, driving the economy and fulfilling the skill shortage demand across different parts of Australia. Recent report from ACS (Australian Computer Society) on Australia’s digital economy, workforce and policy, revealed that there has been a massive boom in the growth of ICT workforce in recent years representing an average annual growth of 2.0%, in comparison to 1.4% for the Australian workforce as a whole. This is expected to continue in the era of emerging technologies such as cloud platforms, data analytics, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT is the concept of connecting everyday devices such as cell phones, coffee makers, vehicles and other workplace devices to the Internet to create a giant network that can be used to share information and improve the efficiency for things and lifestyle. Such technologies are likely to open the door to a lot of opportunities for skilled professionals in future.
To accommodate the ever growing ICT sector, General Skilled Migration (GSM) program has been one of the most popular visa programs sought by skilled workers in ICT professions for permeant migration to Australia. There has always been constant demand of such professionals as indicated by a wide range of occupations legislated in the eligible skilled occupation lists for the purpose of GSM. Some of the major ICT occupations in the occupation list include but not limited to:
ICT Business Analyst
ICT Security Specialist
ICT Project Manager
ICT Manager (nec)
ICT support Engineer
A skills assessment for GSM is a mandatory requirement to proceed with certain types of visa applications. A skills assessment for ICT occupations generally involve assessing educational qualifications and relevant work experience. Overseas qualifications are assessed to determine their comparability with the required level of AQF (Australia Qualification Framework) based on Australian national education standards and if they are closely related to the nominated occupation. Course units studied by an applicant are further assessed to determine any professional ICT content of qualification as per stringent internal guidelines of the relevant assessing authority. Considering the complexity of the process, an in-depth understanding of the assessment criteria is highly imperative to lodge a complete skills application that is able to meet every criterion and receive a positive outcome.
If you are an ICT professional seeking to migrate to Australia, contact SCA Connect today for an expert advice on your visa options as well as your eligibility for a positive skills assessment outcome. You can complete an online assessment form and/or book a consultation.
Disclaimer: The information provided herein is of a general nature only and does not constitute immigration advice. For more detailed and case specific information or advice, please contact SCA Connect.