Australia Professional Year Program

Australia has a professional year program (PYP) designed for overseas students who have graduated from an Australian university and wish to apply for permanent residence. The PYP helps these students to explore a career path by providing the relevant practical training. This internship program is approved by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). The PYP was developed to help overcome the shortage of skilled workers in various important sectors in Australia. It was developed to promote the supply of skilled workers in sectors such as engineering, IT, and accounting.  The PYP is open to students who have completed a degree in an Australian university, but the degree must not be more than two years old. The program has a duration of 44 weeks. It combines 32 weeks of course work and 12 weeks of internship.

The internship should be in the field of the applicant’s nominated skilled occupation or an occupation that is closely related to it. The professional year program is designed to help international students gain valuable work experience and develop skills specific to their field of study. The program helps them to prepare for a career in Australia.


Valuable work experience in an Australian company: The internship opportunities provided by the PYP helps international students find rewarding jobs in Australia. Many reputed universities in Australia provide internships to their students under the PYP. Candidates can hope to get a permanent position in these companies once they complete the program.

Expand network of professional contacts: The PYP provides an opportunity for students to expand their list of professional contacts. It provides an opportunity to meet professionals in their field and network with people who have similar career goals and interests.

Familiarize with Australian work culture: Students will be able to understand the workplace culture in Australia. It helps them to infer the Code of Conduct in Australian workplace. This will be of value once they get into a full-time job.

Eligible for extra points: They will be eligible to receive five extra points from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) in the ‘points test’ when they apply for a Skilled Independent (Subclass 189) visa.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants should have completed an undergraduate or postgraduate degree from an Australian university

They should have a Skilled Graduate (Temporary) Visa (Subclass 485), which allows them to remain in Australia for 18 months after the completion of their degree

They must have a minimum score of 6.0 in all the bands of IELTS

They must have completed a valid skills assessment from an assessing authority

Documents Required
  • Completed application form
  • Copy of passport
  • Resume of the candidate
  • IELTS certificate to prove English language proficiency
  • Proof of current visa status
  • Attested copies of academic documents
  • Skill assessment certificate from the relevant assessing bodies

The professional year program provides an internship opportunity for international students once they complete their degree in Australia. It helps them to grow professionally. It also improves their chances of getting a permanent residence in the country.

The PYP helps students to develop industry specific skills through study and work experience and prepares them for a successful professional career.

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