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  25 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. 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?

  4. 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.

  5. Anil.Gupta

    Hi @prem_stephen

    The ACS will consider the date you submit the letter or the letter issuance date as the ‘to date’ for the Employment.

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  129 Useful Questions & Answers

  1. Soni Rai
    Soni Rai 4 Jun, 19 at 11:42 pm

    Hi, want to get acs skil assessment for spouse points, i have engineering degree in electronics and the 4 years experience as testing engineer in IT, after that I did MBA and now working as business analyst for last three years in an IT company. Kindly help me will i get positive assessment as my degree and both work experience are no matching. And should I apply as test engineer or as per my current role business analyst.

  2. vasanth rajendran
    vasanth rajendran 15 May, 19 at 8:59 pm

    Hi anil,

    Asking this question for my friend. He is an ICT-major with following working experience.

    Company 1 – June 1st 2007 to Oct 20th 2012.

    After that he is on break, How many years for work experience will be considered in this case?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 15 May, 19 at 9:07 pm

      Deduct 2 years from last 10 years counting back from today.

      • vasanth rajendran
        vasanth rajendran 15 May, 19 at 9:23 pm

        so June 1st 2007 to may 15th 2009 doesn’t count?

  3. Ragini gupta
    Ragini gupta 21 Apr, 19 at 10:33 pm

    Hi Anil,
    Thanks for help.
    Per above rule of deducting 4 years from total experience, my work experience comes as 7 years, 8 months. If I go for a skill assessment and later file EOI, I would get 10 points for work experience. How I will be to update work experience to 8+ after 4 months in the EOI portal, so that my points increase to 15 or points calculated while filing EOI are final?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 21 Apr, 19 at 10:59 pm

      You can leave your current employment date blank while filing Australia EOI.
      Then, EOI will update itself automatically to give you extra points as and when your experience reaches next level.

      • Ragini gupta
        Ragini gupta 21 Apr, 19 at 10:59 pm

        Thank you so much for help

  4. Devinda De Zoysa
    Devinda De Zoysa 31 Mar, 19 at 12:55 am

    Hi Anil, I still can’t figure out how the calculation works. My ACS assessment considers employment after June 2014 as skilled experience. I filed for ACS assessment on 18th January 2019. When filing the EOI,which Start date I should mention?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 31 Mar, 19 at 1:34 pm

      If you are not sure, then use 1st July 2014 as start date.

  5. Manwant Gill
    Manwant Gill 28 Mar, 19 at 10:43 am

    Hi Anil,

    Actually wanted to know that what documents they require for work Experience for ACS ?

  6. Cheek
    Cheek 25 Mar, 19 at 8:32 am

    Hi Anil

    Please help me if you can.(you definitely can).

    I have Total of 10 Years 3 months experience as software engineer(web developer). from 01/November/2007 to 15/Mar/2019 in 5 different companies.

    I started my 3 year diploma in computer science(Govt. recognised) on 2005. (2004-2007). Because of pending papers, I got the certificate only on April 2011.

    Last exam Date – December 2010
    Date of announcement of result – March 2011
    Seal Date – April 2011

    What date will be my skill assessment Met Date?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 25 Mar, 19 at 9:41 am

      I cannot give detailed analysis with dates. You should do the calculation yourself based on above article.

      If you want detailed analysis, you should opt for private consultation and i can look into your education documents and suggest the dates.
      Let me know if you are interested.

      • Cheek
        Cheek 25 Mar, 19 at 11:25 am

        Please privide your email address for later communications.

        I am sorry for asking the exact date. i just wanted to know whether course completed date or ceriltificate awarded date is considered for skill assessment

  7. Rushil Sharma
    Rushil Sharma 21 Mar, 19 at 4:24 am

    assuming one has no prior work experience and completes masters in IT in australia, following with a professional year, does that leads to positive skills assesment?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 21 Mar, 19 at 7:29 pm

      ACS requires minimum 2 years of work experience to give positive assessment.

      • Rushil Sharma
        Rushil Sharma 25 Mar, 19 at 7:10 am

        but the information mentioned in the guideline is contradicting.

        1)It mentions that either we should be working for a year or should complete a professional year program.
        2)If you degree is assessed as AQF bachelors or higher with ICT major, you need 2 years of work experience.

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 25 Mar, 19 at 9:41 am

          Not sure why are you asking question if you already know the answer.

          I answered earlier based on general ACS guideline as I do not know about your degree and its evaluation result.

  8. Awadh
    Awadh 12 Mar, 19 at 1:14 pm

    Dear Anil
    Hope you can help me, how many of experience year can I get based on ACS calculation (after deduction).
    I am applying for ANZSCO 263111: Computer Network and Systems Engineer.
    I have:
    B.Sc in Computer Engineering, Oct 1997-June 2001
    M.Sc of Information Technology, Mar 2004- July 2008 (by research)
    Ph.D in Wireless Communication Engineering, July 2008- Sept 2013

    Company 1: 10/07/2001 to 31/12/2002 (IT technical support)
    Company 1: 01/01/2003 to 28/02/2004 (promoted to Network and System Engineer)
    Unpaid leave: 01/03/2004 to 15/11/2006.
    Company 1: 16/11/2006 to 30/06/2008 (Network and System Engineer)
    Unpaid leave: 01/07/2008 to 16/12/2010.
    Company 1: 17/12/2010 to 28/02/2019 (Senior Network and System Engineer)
    Please advise.
    Thanks a lot for your effort

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 12 Mar, 19 at 1:31 pm

      Add up all months excluding the gap periods.
      The, deduct 2 years from total and you should be able to reach the work experience years that ACS will calculate.

      Count the full weeks you have worked. ACS goes by the working weeks where you have completed full 40 hours working.

      Any gaps of work are simply not counted.

      • Awadh
        Awadh 12 Mar, 19 at 1:52 pm

        Thanks a lot for your quick reply.
        I have calculated all the months after excluding the gap periods, they are almost equal to 147 months = 12 years and 3 months.
        Number of working hours per week are 45 hours.
        So if they will deduct 2 years from total, it will be 12 – 2 = 10 years that I claim, Am i correct?
        once again thanks a lot.

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 12 Mar, 19 at 3:54 pm

          They will either deduct 2 years from the last 10 years or 4 years from the total depending on which one give you more ‘relevant’ experience.

          • Awadh
            Awadh 12 Mar, 19 at 10:38 pm


  9. Shahida Syed
    Shahida Syed 12 Mar, 19 at 2:03 am

    Hi Anil, I have around 14 year of experience and I have worked in 9 companies. I have all relevant document. But do not have in the format which you have mentioned. So is it necessary to get the experience in format specified for all the companies, more over in some office the leads with whom I have worked,are currently left working. Can I get the documents signed from them?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 12 Mar, 19 at 11:18 am

      Your question is out of scope of this article. I have added your question on our forum here and answered there too.

      You can ask your follow up question there itself.

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