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Professional Year program—tell us what you think

The department is evaluating the Professional Year (PY) program. The PY program is a structured development program, available to former overseas students who have graduated as Engineers, Accountants and IT Professionals, and has been in place since 2008. 

The PY program is offered by providers approved by professional bodies. It includes workshops, skills training and a professional placement. The program may help graduates find employment and on completing the PY, graduates can be awarded five points towards meeting the points test pass mark.   

As part of our evaluation, we want stakeholders, including current and former students, to tell us how useful the program is and what sort of improvements can be made. The first part of the evaluation will be a short online survey. The survey will collect general demographic information, and asks questions to capture each individual’s experience of the PY program. The results will contribute to a discussion paper, which we expect to be completed in early 2012. 

All survey responses will remain anonymous, and will have no bearing on the outcomes of any current or future visa applications, or other dealings with the department.  This also means we can’t follow up your comments directly with you. 

It would be great if all current Professional Year students and graduates complete this survey, because it is a good way for those who have experienced the program to pass on their views and feedback.  For those who are reading this who have completed or are completing a PY, please check your email for details of this survey.  For those who have already responded – thank you very much for your input.

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It would be interesting to discover how many have chosen PY just for the points with no intention on working in skill need fields, and how many genuinely want a career in their chosen profession - and if this is a distinction that is relevant to migration policy.



This sort of data is of interest, and we regularly look at the labour market outcomes of recent migration to determine what proportion are working and of those, what proportion are working in skilled occupations. You might be interested in reading the results of the most recent Continuous Survey of Australia’s Migrants. Information can be found on our website: http://www.immi.gov.au/media/publications/research/_pdf/csam-results-201...