Professional year program


What is a Professional Year Program?

It is a structured professional development program blending learning and workplace experience for international students who have graduated from a university in Australia. Professional Year Programs run for 12 months and are currently available in the fields of accounting, computer science and engineering — Australian industries where the demand for skilled graduates is high.

Professional Year Programs are primarily designed for students wishing to apply for permanent residency in Australia. They allow students to develop industry-specific skills through study and work experience, preparing them for professional careers in the Australian workplace. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) only recognises Professional Year Programs that have been approved by the government.

 Benefits of PY Program

  • Provides internships through which international students can gain work experience.
  • Know more about Australian Workplace environment practices and culture.
  • Get 5 extra points in DIBP point test system when applying for permanent visas in Australia

Governing Body

  • CPA Australia Skilled Migration Internship Program: Accounting (SMIPA)
  • Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Skilled Migration Internship Program: Accounting
  • Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) Skilled Migration Internship Program: Accounting  Computer science
  • The Australian Computer Society Professional Year Program Engineering
  • Engineers Australia Professional Year Program


  • Accountants Resource Centre (ARC)^: SA, QLD, ACT, TAS, VIC , NSW
  • Australian Technology and Management College (ATMC): VIC. NSW
  • Education Centre of Australia (ECA)^: QLD, VIC, NSW
  • Indus Institute: QLD, NSW, ACT, TAS
  • Monash Professional Pathways: VIC
  • Navitas Professional: SA, QLD, ACT, NT, TAS, VIC, WA and NSW
  • Performance Education: SA, QLD, VIC, WA, NSW
  • Stanley College: SA ,WA
  • TOP Education: NSW

Computer Science

  • Queensland International Business Academy(ACT,NSW,QLD,TAS)
  • Indus Institute(ACT, QLD, TAS)
  • Navitas Professional(ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA)
  • Australian Technical & Management College(NSW, VIC)
  • Education Centre Australia ( NSW, QLD, VIC)
  • Performance Education(NSW,QLD, SA, VIC, WA)
  • The William Light Institute (NSW, SA,VIC)
  • Academy IT(SA)
  • Danford College(VIC)
  • Monash Professional Pathways(VIC)
  • NIT Australia(WA)


  • Monash Professional Pathways(VIC)
  • Navitas Professional(ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA)
  • Yorke Institute(NSW)