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ANZSCO 261313 - Registered Migration Australia

A software engineer designs, develops, modifies, documents, tests, implements, installs and supports software applications and systems. In Australia a software engineer is a Skill Level 1 occupation.




Software Engineer Alternative Titles


  • Software Architect
  • Software Designer





  • Computer Applications Engineer
  • Database Designer
  • Systems Architect



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Group: 2613 Software and Applications Programmers






Software Engineer job description - Registered Migration Australia

The job of a software engineer in Australia is to design, develop, test, maintain and document program code in accordance with user requirements, and system and technical specifications.



  • researching, consulting, analysing and evaluating system program needs
  • identifying technology limitations and deficiencies in existing systems and associated processes, procedures and methods
  • testing, debugging, diagnosing and correcting errors and faults in an applications programming language within established testing protocols, guidelines and quality standards to ensure programs and applications perform to specification
  • writing and maintaining program code to meet system requirements, system designs and technical specifications in accordance with quality accredited standards
  • writing, updating and maintaining technical program, end user documentation and operational procedures
  • providing advice, guidance and expertise in developing proposals and strategies for software design activities such as financial evaluation and costings for recommending software purchases and upgrades


Skill Level

Most occupations in the software engineer unit group (Group 2613) have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. At least five years of relevant experience and/or relevant vendor certification may substitute for the formal qualification. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).


Occupations within the Software Engineer Group



Related information


More group occupations specifically related to ICT, ICT Management and ICT Engineering can be found here.


Note: Whilst a similar occupation may appear in the same software engineer group, if not specifically listed in the STSOL or MLTSSL, the ANZSCO description should be used for reference purposes only.


English Requirement


  • IELTS result with a minimum score of 6 (L, R, W), 7 in speaking and 7 overall;
  • OET result with a minimum grade B in all sections;
  • TOEFL iBT with a minimum score (L:12 R:13 W:21 S:23 overall L93);
  • PTE Academic with a minimum score of 50 (L, R, W), 65 in speaking and 65 overall


  • Australian Graduate exceptions apply in some states/territories
  • Priority Skilled Lists may apply a specific requirement in some states/territories
  • Countries exempt from submitting IELTS or OET include the UK; Canada; New Zealand; US; and Ireland


Where mandatory licensing or registration is required you must demonstrate a level of English either sufficient to meet licensing / registration or a minimum IELTS, or equivalent, whichever is higher.



Assessment Authority


  • Software Engineer is currently assessed with ACS - (Australian Computer Society); more info regarding assessment bodies.


Average Income

The average salary for a Software Engineer in Australia is $ 100,885 for male employees and $ 86,964 for female employees per year. Average Age: Males: 36.9 Females: 38.8 Persons: 37.3

Source: (Group 2613) Software and applications programmers - Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2016



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