‘The purpose of this instrument is to update the name of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia to Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand’
The new Migration (LIN 18/170: Professional Year Programs) Instrument 2018 was registered on 14 December 2018 and commences on 15 December 2018. It repeals IMMI 12/029.
Under item 6D61 of Schedule 6D of the Migration Regulations 1994 (Cth), a person scores 5 points if, at the time of invitation to apply for a points-tested GSM visa (subclasses 189, 190 and 489), the applicant has completed a ‘professional year’ in Australia in the nominated occupation or a closely related occupation for a period totalling at least 12 months in the 48 months immediately before that time.
‘Professional year’ is defined under reg 2.26AC(6) for the purposes of Schedule 6D of the Regulations. It means a course specified by the Minister in an instrument. The purpose of both the repealed and new instruments is to specify professional year programs for the purposes of the definition of ‘professional year’.
The new instrument makes a minor change, as explained by the explanatory statement:
6. The purpose of this instrument is to update the name of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia to Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand…
The new instrument provides as follows:
For the purposes of the definition of professional year in subregulation 2.26AC(6) of the Regulations, any of the following professional year programs are specified courses:
(a) The Professional Year Program provided by the Australian Computer Society which is available to information technology graduates;
(b) The Professional Year Program provided by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, the Certified Practising Accountants Australia and the Institute of Public Accounting which is available to accounting graduates;
(c) The Professional Year Program provided by Engineers Australia which is available to engineering graduates.
The repealed instrument also made references to regs 2.26AA and 2.26AB. Given that those provisions no longer exist, the new instrument refers only to reg 2.26AC.
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