Developer Programmer – ANZSCO 261312
- Interprets specifications, technical designs and flow charts, builds, maintains and modifies the code for software applications, constructs technical specifications from a business functional model, and tests and writes technical documentation.
- Skill Level
- Alternative Titles
- Applications Developer
- ICT Developer
- ICT Programmer
- Communications Programmer (Systems)
- Database Developer
- Database Programmer (Systems)
- Network Programmer
- Software Developer
- Software Programmer
Skills Assessment Requirement
Unless you are exempt in very limited circumstances, you are required to have a positive Skills Assessment to apply for the visas listed above.
Skills Assessment authority for Developer Programmer is Australian Computer Society (ACS). To have a positive skills assessment, you must meet the following criteria:
- Four application types available for Migration purposes
- Pathway A – Temporary Graduate (TG)
- For graduates that have completed an Australian Bachelor degree or higher. This is a qualification only skills assessment and can only be used to apply for a subclass 485 visa
- Your degree must be an ICT major and closely related to your nominated occupation. You are not required to have worked in the field.
- Pathway B – Post Australian Study (PAS)
- For graduates that have completed an Australian Bachelor degree or higher and would like a skill assessment for migration purposes in general. Relevant ICT employment or completion of an ACS Professional Year program is required.
- You will require an Australian bachelor’s degree or higher with a major in ICT which is closely related to the nominated occupation (ANZSCO) plus one of the following requirements for a suitable skills assessment:
- 1 year of relevant work experience completed after the completion date of the relevant Australian degree, or
- Completion of an ACS Professional Year Program
- Pathway C – Skills
- This is a general skills assessment application to assess tertiary ICT qualifications and ICT employment
- You will require a Qualification comparable to AQF Bachelor Degree or Higher with an ICT Major +2 years experience in the last 10 years; OR
- Qualification comparable to AQF Bachelor Degree or Higher with an ICT Minor + 5 years experience in the last 10 years; OR
- Qualification comparable to AQF Diploma or Vendor Certification + 5 years experience in the last 10 years
- Pathway D- Recognition of Prior Learning
- For applicants who hold qualifications with insufficient or no ICT content, or applicants who do not hold any ICT qualifications.
- You will require Non ICT Qualification comparable to AQF Diploma or Higher + 6 years relevant work experience; OR
- No tertiary qualification – work experience only + 8 years relevant work experience
- Pathway A – Temporary Graduate (TG)
Did you know?
For the skills pathway, if your degree/diploma is not closely related to your occupation or your work experience is not in the last 10 years, you will be required to show more relevant work experience. (e.g. 4 years instead of 2 years)
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Potential Visa Pathways for Developer Programmer
|ANZSCO||Occupation||Skills Assessment||189||190||485||491 (State)||491 (Family)||186 (Direct)||407 (Training)||494 (regional Sponsored)||482 (TSS Medium Term)|
Group: 2613 Software and Applications Programmers
- design, develop, test, maintain and document program code in accordance with user requirements, and system and technical specifications.
- researching, consulting, analysing and evaluating system program needs
- identifying technology limitations and deficiencies in existing systems and associated processes, procedures and methods
- testing, debugging, diagnosing and correcting errors and faults in an applications programming language within established testing protocols, guidelines and quality standards to ensure programs and applications perform to specification
- writing and maintaining program code to meet system requirements, system designs and technical specifications in accordance with quality accredited standards
- writing, updating and maintaining technical program, end user documentation and operational procedures
- providing advice, guidance and expertise in developing proposals and strategies for software design activities such as financial evaluation and costings for recommending software purchases and upgrades
- Skill Level
- Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. At least five years of relevant experience and/or relevant vendor certification may substitute for the formal qualification. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).
- Occupations in this Group
- 261311 Analyst Programmer
- 261312 Developer Programmer
- 261313 Software Engineer
- 261314 Software Tester
- 261399 Software and Applications Programmers nec
This 189 visa allows you to live, work and study in Australia permanently. It is a points-tested visa. The minimum score to apply is 65 points. However, based on previous invitation rounds, you would need to achieve a higher score to have a better chance of obtaining an invitation.
In short, to be eligible for visa 189, you need to meet the following criteria:
Subclass 190 visa– Skilled Nominated Visa & Subclass 491 visa – Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa
To apply for visa subclass 190 and visa subclass 491, you need to have a nomination from the state/territory government where you want to live and work. Each State and Territory have individual requirements that must be met in order to receive nomination. (See below)
Another difference between the 190 and 491 visa is that you can only apply for visa subclass 491 if you are living and working in regional areas in Australia, while it is not a requirement if you are applying for the 190 visa.
In summary, to be eligible for 190 visa, you need to meet the following criteria:
To check if the state/ territory government requirements for your occupation, refer to the following links
Links to requirements
|New South Wales||
|Australian Capital Territory (ACT)|
The 485 visa is a work visa available to international students who have completed two years of study in Australia. It is an 18-month visa that has full work rights and full study rights. It also allows you to travel freely to and from Australia throughout the validity of the visa.
To be eligible for visa 485, you need to meet the following criteria:
If you have an employer who is willing to sponsor you, you may be eligible for a Subclass 186 visa. This visa is permanent and will allow you to live, work and study in Australia indefinitely. To be eligible for this visa, you need to have at least 3 years of working experience in your nominated occupation and a positive skills assessment. Alternatively, if you are a holder of a Subclass 457 or TSS visa, you can apply for Subclass 186 after working for your employer for at least 3 years under the Temporary Residence Transition stream.
The 407 visa a short stay visa for individuals to participate in occupational training or professional development in Australia. This visa is generally valid to stay in Australia for 2 years. Please note this visa is subject to condition 8102 which forbids work apart from the training that is specified in the visa application. You are also required to maintain health insurance whilst in Australia.
To be eligible for visa 407, you need to meet the following criteria:
You can apply for subclass 494 if you have a regional employer who is willing to sponsor you. To be eligible for this visa, you must have at least 3 years of working experience in your nominated occupation and have a relevant skills assessment. With this visa, there is a requirement that you must work for the employer who is sponsoring you.
This visa provides pathway to permanent residency through the 191 visa.
The Subclass 482 visa is a Temporary Skill Shortage visa that requires a sponsorship from an Australian employer. This visa allows to your live and work in Australia for up to 4 years. You may apply for as many 482 visas as you want, as long as the employer is willing to sponsor you.
Study Pathway to Developer Programmer
To become a Developer Programmer formal qualifications are not required however are well regarded. Specific certifications through peak bodies, industry associations and other vendors are also available. It should be noted that considering membership with information technology associations or peak bodies may be useful, these include:
- Information Technology Professionals Association
- Australian Computer Society
- Australian Information Industry Association
Bachelor of Computer Science
- Duration: 3 years
- Total Course Cost Approx: $142,944 AUD
- Completion of Australian Year 12 or equivalent
- English proficiency requirement – IELTS 6.5 overall with no band below 6.0
- Previous study in English and Mathematics
- Bachelor of Information Technology
- Graduate Certificate in Application Development
- Bachelor of Science (major in Computing and Software Systems)