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The Skilled Migration Internship Program: Accounting (SMIPA) is a professional year program approved by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) which offer to international students who recently obtain an Australian accounting degree qualification as a result of at least two years’ study in Australia.

SMIPA was co-developed by three professional accounting bodies: CPA Australia, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia (ICAA) and the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA).

The program is delivered by registered providers who have been approved by all three professional accounting bodies in Australia.

  • A Professional Year Program assists in cultivating your communication skills while also preparing you for Australian workplace and culture thorough knowledge and practical experience.
  • Extra 5 Points for your EOI
  • Enhances your CV
  • The Professional Internship helps you advance your practical skills
  • Gain real experience in Australian work culture
  • Flexible timetable
  • Compulsory for IT graduates
  • Claim exemption of IELTS 7.0 to obtain a full skill assessment for accounting graduates

  • Have completed an undergraduate or postgraduate award in Australia in a relevant field of study
  • Hold or applied for a Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485, either stream) with at least 12 months validity.
  • Hold an eligible secondary visa with work and study rights with at least 12 months validity.
  • The Professional Internship helps you advance your practical skills
  • Gain real experience in Australian work culture
  • Flexible timetable
  • Compulsory for IT graduates
  • Claim exemption of IELTS 7.0 to obtain a full skill assessment for accounting graduates

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  • Monash College
  • Navitas Professional

From AUD14,950 Please contact us for more information on the program fee and scholarships

The IT Professional Year (PY) Program incorporates practical knowledge and training which enables international IT graduates to strengthen their career prospects. This program is developed and supported by the Australian Computer Society (ACS). The program equips candidates for an accomplished career in IT.

Students, who have graduated from a university in Australia, receive an introduction in their Professional Year Program, to their particular profession along with related practical coaching. The Professional Year Program (PYP) is recognised and accredited by constitutions authorised by the Department Of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) while Australian internships offer the practical elements of the PYP.

Candidates who successfully conclude their PY program may be entitled for migration points towards Australian permanent residency application.

  • A Professional Year Program assists in cultivating your communication skills while also preparing you for Australian workplace and culture thorough knowledge and practical experience.
  • Extra 5 Points for your EOI
  • Enhances your CV
  • The Professional Internship helps you advance your practical skills
  • Gain real experience in Australian work culture
  • Flexible timetable
  • Compulsory for IT graduates
  • Claim exemption of IELTS 7.0 to obtain a full skill assessment for Accounting graduates

  • Have completed an undergraduate or postgraduate award in Australia in a relevant field of study
  • Hold or applied for a Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485, either stream) with at least 12 months validity
  • Hold an eligible secondary visa with work and study rights with at least 12 months validity.
  • IELTS 6.0 with no band under 5.0 or equivalent
  • A valid skill assessment from a relevant professional association


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  • Performance Education
  • Monash College
  • Education Centre of Australia
  • Navitas Professional
  • Queensland International Business Academy
  • Australian Technical and Management College


From AUD12,600 Please contact us for more information on the program fee and scholarships

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The Professional Year Program is a program implemented by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection to take care of Australia’s skill deficiency. It offers an opportunity for international students who have graduated from an Australian university to work in Australia and gain practical work experience in their field of study. This program is currently run for the fields of Accounting, IT and Engineering. On successfully completing the program, these students earn 5 points towards Australian permanent residency.

There is much to gain if you opt to do a Professional Year Program:

  • You will get a wonderful opportunity to put your theoretical knowledge into practical application
  • Make your CV more impressive with an Australian work experience, a nationally accredited certificate and a Professional Year Certificate, which will also boost future career prospects
  • A chance to expand your professional networks
  • Personalized career counselling and a chance to be a part of high quality workshops, during and after completion of your program
  • Earn 5 points towards Australian PR after you complete the program

In all, this will go on for 44 weeks, out of which 32 weeks will have focussed coursework on Business Communication and Australian workplace skills, which will be followed by a 12-week internship in an Australian workplace, in your chosen profession.

Typically, there is a new intake every month, though the dates can change as per the course and the providers. You can connect with our counsellors to advise you on when will be the next intake for your chosen course. All providers offer options for weekday and weekend classes. The class timings change depending on the provider, but the frequency is usually 1 class every week.

  • You should hold a subclass 485 visa. Alternatively, you could furnish proof of application for a Bridging visa
  • You need to have completed graduation in a higher education program of a minimum of 2 years in Australia
  • You need to have your skill assessment done from a recognized professional institute
  • Minimum skills requirement in English, along with the following minimum vocational requirements:
    • - Accounting: An IELTS score of 6 or more or an equivalent score
    • - IT and Engineering: An overall minimum IELTS score of 6, with no band going below 5 or an equivalent score

As mentioned above, you will need either of the following visas:

  • A subclass 485 Temporary Resident Visa for skilled migration
  • Or evidence of application for a Bridging visa

The fees will depend on the course you choose. Here are the standard fee ranges:

  • Accounting: From $6000 - $11500
  • IT: $12600
  • Engineering: $15200 - $15500

All providers offer an option to pay in instalments plans.

At Asia Pacific, we also offer scholarships to deserving applicants.

The internship will go on for 12 weeks, and the minimum attendance requirement is 3 days every week.

This internship is part of the Professional Year Program component, and therefore, it won’t be a paid internship.

Yes it is possible if you are working in a company related to your field. However, you can only go ahead if your provider approves this.

Yes, most providers allow applicants to look out for their internships, beyond the ones available with them. If you’re planning to arrange for your internship, then it’s good to speak with your provider prior to starting your course, and understand how you can go about it.

Asia Pacific is a representative for most of the best providers for this program. But choosing the best provider for you will be a factor of your personal preferences when it comes to the fees, course, instalment options and internships available.

We don’t recommend taking a break during the program. However, individual cases are best discussed with your provider.

You can reach out to us using the Contact tab on our site, and find out more about what options are available to you.

We are authorized representatives for all the leading Professional Year course providers in Australia. Moreover, you stand to enjoy many other benefits like free consultation for PR and a 50% discount on PR service fee, among other things.

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