The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has announced a review of the Professional Year Visa Program to start in early 2012.
The Professional Year program which has been in place since 2008 is a structured development program, available to former overseas students who have graduated as Engineers, Accountants and IT Professionals.
The Professional Year program is offered by providers approved by professional bodies and includes workshops, skills training and a professional placement.
In essence, the purpose of the Professional Year is to :
- Familiarise participants with the norms and values in the Australian workplace as well as the Australian employment market and workplace culture
- Teach participants how to communicate effectively and professionally in the Australian workplace with colleagues, managers and clients
- Include an internship (work experience) to educate participants about all aspects of work practices in an Australian company.
The program may help graduates find employment and on completing the Professional Year, graduates can be awarded five points towards meeting the points test pass mark.
As part of the DIAC’s evaluation, they will be contacting current and former students, to tell them how useful the program is and what sort of improvements can be made.
The survey will collect general demographic information, and asks questions to capture each individual’s experience of the Professional Year program. The results will contribute to a discussion paper, which is expected to be completed in early 2012.
We’ll provide more updates on the Professional year program when they become available next year.