ACS Work Experience 2, 4 or 6 year Deduction Calculation

ACS work experience 'After month' date means the day in same month can be used as start date in Australia EOI, not the next month. 2 or 4 yrs deducted.

Written by Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta          Updated  13 Aug, 19


ACS assessment is required for Australia PR using 189, 190 visa. ACS is Australia Computer Society and is the official agency for assessing the 2613 category job codes for permanent residency application.

ACS assesses your education to match your degrees with Australia’s educational system and provide a certificate to claim ICT major or Minor status including your work experience.

A positive ACS assessment is required to claim education, work and spouse points on Australia PR application.

ACS 2, 4 or 6 year Deduction

ACS deducts minimum 2 years and maximum 6 years from your total work experience. 2 years are reduced from all candidate’s work experience as ACS considers initial 2 years as training period.

The number of years that will be deducted depends on how closely your education matches with your job profile.


#1 B.E in computer science, ANZSCO code 261313

If you have done Bachelor or Engineering in Computer science and apply for ACS assessment with code 261313 as software engineer, you will see a deduction of 2 years.

The B.E. in computer science is considered ICT major because of its course subjects giving software training which matches with job code 261313. 

#2 B.E. in Electrical and Electronics, ANZSCO code 261313

If you completed your education as Bachelor of Electrical and Electronics and are now working in I.T sector as software developer, you will see 4 years deduction from your total work experience.

The B.E. in Electronics is not considered an ICT major as it does not have the software training subjects a major. 

ACS ‘AFTER’ Start Date

Your work experience is marked as relevant from a specific month and year in ACS report.

Check this sample ACS assessment report for an example:

The most important date is ‘AFTER month‘ that’s mentioned on the second line.

Since, they have only specified the month and not specific date, the biggest confusion is over what date to use in Australia SkillSelect EOI (Expression of Interest).

The official ACS guidance is that you can use the start DAY in EOI as the day of the date you filed your ACS application.

Example, in the sample ACS report, AFTER April 2010 is the start month for relevant work experience and this application was filed on 3 April 2018.

You can use the start DATE while filing EOI as 3rd April 2010.

Lot of forums and people might ask you to use the next month’s first day as start date due to the word ‘AFTER April 2010′. But, this is NOT true.

Not sure why ACS does not clearly write the full date in their letter to avoid any confusions. That’s how it is and we can’t change it.

Relevant Work Experience Calculation

  • ACS deducts 2 years from your last 10 years work experience OR
  • ACS deducts 4 years from your TOTAL work experience.

This deduction criteria is in addition to the one mentioned earlier based on education degree.

In sample report above, person has 11 years 6 months relevant work experience starting from June 2006.

Assuming degree is considered as ICT Major and relevant to your nominated occupation, these rules will apply:

ACS will deduct 2 years from last 10 years or 4 years from total experience, whichever gives you EARLIER ‘AFTER START DATE

  • If 2 years from last 10 years are deducted (Go back 10 years from 3 April 2018, you get 3 April 2008), then add 2 years as a deduction to reach at 3 April 2010 – Called as Skill Applicability date.
  • If 4 years from total experience are deducted, this date would come out as JUNE 2010. How? Count the relevant years from ACS report starting June 2006, you reach June 2010.

The second option results in an earlier ‘AFTER DATE’ for your work experience, and hence ACS will award you April 2010 date.

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Recent discussion on forum

  1. HSS


    I am very confused with my case. I am sure this might confuse you too. So here it is:

    Employment History : Full Time job from March 2003 till today

    Education History is as below:
    Graduation : (Correspondence) B.A. Hons Economics - completed in Nov 2009
    PG: (Correspondence) Msc(IT) - completed in Jan 2012

    I am interested to apply for 263111: Computer Network and Systems Engineer

    All my experience from March 2003 till today is at least 70 to 80% related to the above job code. I also have done some certifications like PMP, Cloud computing foundation, MCSE, MCDBA and CCNA(expired).

    I have total of 16 years of experience. How many years will get deducted in my ACS assessment in my case.


  2. Arnab_Chakraborty

    Hi ,
    I have a current experience of over 8 Years, working on Networking Domain. My query is will my experience be deducted by 2 making it 6 which falls on 5-7 work experience and will be awarded 10 points?

  3. Anil.Gupta

    Hi @Arnab_Chakraborty

    You have to first choose your job code and then I can suggest anything.

  4. manisha_g

    Hi Anil,

    I got my ACS assessment result today and need to know whether I have 8 years of experience according to the result. Also, I have 4 months of gap between my third and fourth employment and a total of 2.7 years have been deducted. I’ve read your blog and understand that as I had 10 years of experience they’ve considered from 2011 but my queries are:

    Does the start date take account of the gap of 4 months that I have?
    which date should be considered while calculating points? 12th June 2011 according to the letter or should sum up the years and months in bracket after 12th June 2011 and calculate the points accordingly?

  5. Anil.Gupta

    Hi @manisha_g

    While entering the dates in EOI, you should use the start date for first employment as 13 June 2011 and then the individual start and end dates as mentioned in ACS letter for each employment.

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