The Accounting Professional Year Program (Accounting PYP), is a work readiness program approved by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA). It is available to overseas students with an Australian accounting degree of at least two years study with an Australian university.
The program provides valuable professional experience in an approved Australian workplace and ensures participants complete relevant accounting tasks. The professional development and practical learning focusses on preparing for work, including culture, ethics and expectations.
The Accounting PYP consists of at least 44 weeks' training, including classroom study for 32 weeks and a 12-week internship placement. It is recognised as a pathway to permanent residency under the general skilled migration (GSM) for 485 visa holders.
Successful completion of the Accounting PYP may earn additional points under the GSM points test. Membership of one of the professional accounting bodies is not a requirement to complete Accounting PYP and is independent of any DHA approved pathway to permanent residency.
Partnering to oversee the Accounting PYP are Australia’s leading accounting professional bodies – Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, CPA Australia and the Institute of Public Accountants. These three professional accounting bodies approve all providers registered to deliver the program.
Then you may be eligible to enrol in the Accounting PYP. Go to the Providers page to find out where you can study the Program.
A few other things to consider when deciding if the Accounting PYP is right for you.
Enrolment in any of the accounting bodies' professional programs is independent of an individual's participation in the Accounting PYP or any other DHA approved pathway to permanent residency
While a PY certificate and transcript do not list an expiry date, DHA Migration Regulations 1994 (Volume 3, Schedule 6D, Part 6D.6) require the Professional Year to have been a period of at least 12 months in the 48 months (four years) immediately before the time that the migration applicant is issued an invitation to apply for the visa. Furthermore, only one professional year can be used to claim five points towards migration.