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
  Anil Gupta    Updated  2 Jun, 21

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.


Written by Anil Gupta
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Recent discussion on forum

  1. Naseer_Rana

    Hello Anil

    I hope you can give me better idea regarding ACS skills assessment. How many years of experience can I get based on ACS calculation(after deduction)?

    I am going to apply for 262113 (Systems Administrator) since my job duties matches with this occupation.

    I have
    B.Sc(2 years program, major in Mathematics and Physics), 2003 - 2005

    MCS(Master of Computer Science(2 years program)) [Actually, B.Sc +MCS = Graduation(16 years education)], 2009 - 2011

    MSCS (Software Engineering, 2 years program[18 years education] ), 2013 - 2015

    Company 1:
    19 September, 2006 to 31 January, 2012 as Junior Executive (IT).

    Company 1:
    1 February, 2012 to (To Date) as Senior Executive (IT).

    Please advise

  2. anil_am22

    Hi @Naseer_Rana
    Sorry, i cannot do calculations for individual cases.

  3. Sandeep_Mandal

    Dear Anil,

    Thank you for nicely articulating the facts in the article.
    Just one doubt, I have 13 years of IT exp with BE Electronics. So should my profile be evaluated by ACS as 9 years relevant (i.e 4 years decution from overall exp) or 6 years ( i.e 4 years deduction from last 10 years).
    Appreciate your response in advance.


  4. anil_am22

    Hi @Sandeep_Mandal

    I cannot say how ACS will evaluate as they look at many more details of your work experience than just the years.

  5. Sandeep_Mandal

    Many thanks for your reply @Anil.Gupta.
    My only worry is whether I will fall under 8+ or 5-8 years of experience, which impacts my overall score and the 5 points are very crucial to me. Currently, I have all 7 in IELTS and preparing for 79+ in PTE.


  6. anil_am22

    Hi @Sandeep_Mandal

    The only way to find out is to get assessment done.

  7. ruchi_langa

    Hi @Anil.Gupta,
    I am software engineer and working in IT.
    my experience is
    from 01/2010-07/2011 ( 1 year 6 months)
    from 08/2011-08/2012 ( 1 year 0 months)
    from 08/2012- 06/2015 (2 years 10 months)
    from 06/2015-present ( 4 years 8 months) (as i am planning to resign in February, 2020, i.e end of this month with an immediate relieving)

    Q1. Could you please tell me how many points will i get for work experience for Australian PR?
    Q2. Does my not being on the job while filing for ACS, makes any difference?

  8. anil_am22

    Hi @ruchi_langa

    I cannot count days or time for you.

    ACS will only count the period for assessment that you have worked. Non work period will be skipped.

  9. ruchi_langa

    Hi @Anil.Gupta , PFA my expired acs

    I will be resigning from my last mentioned designation by Feb,2020 end.all I need is your help to understand that if I will fall in 8 years experience for Australian PR.
    Will I get 10 points or 15 points for my experience if I get the new assessment done.
    Also, Does my resign affect it in any other way?

  10. anil_am22

    Hi @ruchi_langa

    You can check the points yourself by entering this data in your EOI. It will show you how many points can be claimed.

    You can keep the end date of your most recent employment (from ACS letter) and if it same as current employment to claim the extra time without any re-assessment.

  11. anil_am22

    Hi @ram_cloud

    You need a new assessment if you change Employer and want to claim points for that new work experience.

    Officially, ACS advises you to get reassessment done for every single case but it is not really required.

    My suggestion is to file it only if you change Employer after ACS assessment.

  12. ram_cloud

    Hi Anil,

    ACS validity is 2 years only and if I do the reassessment after 1 year as I changed my company, the remaining 1 year will be continue or it will continue as a fresh and what about EOI?

  13. anil_am22

    Every reassessment is same as new assessment and is valid for 2 years.

  14. Praveen_Kumar

    Hi Anil,

    I have my full time diploma and Btech(part time), i have 12 yrs of experience in Computer networks.
    How can i proceed with acs with diploma or btech?
    If i proceed with diploma for acs can i add education as btech during EOI?

  15. Vik1

    Hi Anil,
    My Acs shows after April 2015 month. I filed ACS application on 20 June 2020.
    What date I should enter while submitting the EOI.


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