What is RPL Report and its requirement for Australia Immigration?

RPL Report and its requirement for Australia Immigration

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the report written to the Australian Computer Society as a part of skill assessment by information and communication technology (ICT) field applicants. However, the RPL report for migration skill assessment is required only for candidates without sufficient ICT content or no ICT content at all.

Demand for ICT Professionals in Australia

Computer technology is the mainstay of the financial development of a nation. It results in renovating quality of life, innovative advancements, and easy workflow in the organizations. Recent reports by the Australian computer society(ACS) reveal that by 2024, Australia requires more than 100,000 employees in the ICT fields. This means people in the ICT sector have a fair chance to migrate to this country and find better career opportunities.

As the country demands ICT professionals, it also expects them to have a certain skill set to be an asset to the ICT industry. Hence, the ACS or Australian Computer Society conducts a skill assessment of every applicant to migrate to Australia.

RPL is a skilled assessment of a person not having ICT qualifications. The Australian Computer Society requires that such an applicant possesses requisite skills before migration. The work experience and qualifications have to be shown. The ICT professionals must submit the ACS for Australian Skills Migration, and thus ACS RPL Report form has to be submitted by the applications that do not have any tertiary ICT qualification.

RPL Skills Assessment Suitability Criteria

There are two kinds of applicants that are required to submit an RPL report. Both types of applicants must nominate an occupation listed by ANZSCO. The following are the suitability criteria for RPL report preparation: 

1. Non ICT Qualification related to AQF Diploma or Higher

Suppose your qualification is an AQF Diploma or higher with inadequate ICT content. In that case, you’ll need six years of relevant work experience completed at any point in your previous employment history, as well as a valid Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) application to fulfil the suitability criteria.

2. No tertiary qualification – work experience only 

If you don’t have a higher education, you’ll need eight years of relevant work experience and a successful Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) application to fulfil the suitability requirements.

Suitability Criteria Notes: 

  • Suppose you finish your work experience before your qualification is completed. In that case, the Skill Level Requirement Met Date will be the earliest date on which BOTH the relevant work experience and the qualifications are completed.
  • The previous ten years of work experience are decided by the ten years before the date on which you submitted your online skills application.
  • Work experience closely connected to the specified occupation (ANZSCO) and done at a professional ICT level is referred to as “relevant work experience.”
  • The ICT Major and Minor evaluations are based on the number of units with appropriate ICT content and the number of ICT units that are closely related to the chosen career.
  • The Advanced Diploma and Associate Degree criteria are the same as for the Diploma and Vendor Certification.
  • Not Recognised qualifications 
    • Qualifications are those that are deemed to be similar to less than an AQF Diploma.
    • Australian education standards or worldwide comparable organizations do not recognize the educational institution.

ACS RPL Report Format

RPL is a standard document for Australian Immigration. Australian Computer Society assigns the format of writing RPL reports. All applicants must ensure that they prepare the report as per the assigned format provided by the ACS. The Recognition of Prior Learning comprises of two sections-

Section 1: Key areas of knowledge

The keys areas of knowledge are divided into two categories:

Essential core ICT knowledge includes topics every ICT professional must possess:

  • ICT professional knowledge
  • ICT problem-solving skills

General ICT knowledge includes topics that provide information about the ICT industry:

  • Technology Resources
  • Technology Building
  • ICT Management

Section 2: The project Report Forms

Candidates have to submit two project reports in the RPL report. These project reports show how the candidate performed as an ICT professional in their job. In this report, applicants have to reflect on how they implemented the key area of knowledge in ICT. The length of this report is only four or five pages only. 

For the RPL report, applicants must submit one project report within the past three years and another within the past five years. In the project report, applicants must include the System Analysis and Design, Network topologies, Project management, ICT managerial activities, Programming paradigms about the related project you submit within the past 3 and 5 years. Australian Computer Society provides all the necessary templates and format of the project report and submitting format to the applicant.

Component of the project report

Project Summary includes

  • Identification
  • Duration
  • Resources
  • Personal involvement
  • Roles and Responsibilities

Business Opportunity or problem

  • Business opportunity in the project


  • Your preset to the solution of the project
  • Design and analysis solving method


  • Your role in implementing the project
  • The overall success of the project
  • What you learn from the project

Tips for ACS RPL Report

Above, we have discussed the RPL report and its requirements. You know about the format of the report and its components. But before we have to prepare the RPL Report, we must know how to enhance the quality of an RPL report. Here are some guidelines on how to make an RPL report standard in quality.


To prepare an RPL report, you need a proper plan and strategy. If you think it to be made within a day if you give full time, it does not fall into the strategic plan. To make the report, you need time to research, to make the complete report format. Also, you need to understand the RPL assessment guidelines provided by the ACS. You must give the required time and attention to prepare it.

Understand about RPL and CDR documents- 

RPL and CDR are two different documents, but applicants are confused between the two reports. To understand the difference between CDR and RPL, engineers prepare CDR, and ICT professionals prepare ACS. Learn about RPL report qualification criteria for the skill assessment.

Correct ANZSCO Code- 

ANZSCO is the code that provides the complete list of occupations with jobs and responsibilities. If the ANZSCO code is wrong, then it leads to prepared incorrect RPL reports.

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