ANZSCO 261313 Software Engineer

ANZSCO 261313 Software Engineer

Software Engineer Job Details

Software engineers develop, modify, sustain, monitor, validate, implement, integrate, and manage software systems and applications.

Skill Requirement

Skill Level: Level 1 or Equivalent

Skills Assessment Authority: ACS (Australian Computer Society)

Alternative Titles: 

1. Software Architect

2. Software Designer


1. Computer Applications Engineer

2. Database Designer

3. Systems Architect

Occupation list information

Occupation on the skill listOccupation not on the skill list
Combined Skilled Occupations List (STSOL MLTSSL)Labor Market Testing Required for 457 List (LMTL)
Medium Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)
Labor Market Testing Required for 457 List (LMTL) 

Visa Provision

Software Engineer/Programmer positions are on the MLTSSL occupation skill list, indicating that there is a significant demand for them. As a result, candidates for these positions can apply for any visa through the General Skilled Migration Program.

Visa in this category for people in this job

  1. Skilled Independent 189
  2. Skilled Nominated 190
  3. Skilled Regional Nominated 489
  4. Skilled Regional Sponsored 489

If you have a firm job offer, you can apply for a visa that is sponsored by your employer.

Unit Group: 261313 Software and Applications Programmers

Occupations in this Category

1. 261311 Analyst Programmer

2. 261312 Developer Programmer

3. 261313 Software Engineer

4. 261314 Software Tester

5. 261399 Software and Applications Programmers (NEC)

Skill Requirement

At least a bachelor’s degree is necessary for the majority of the positions in this unit category. A formal qualification may take the place of vendor certification or experience in the field of at least five years. Formal training might not always be sufficient. It may be necessary to have prior experience or on-the-job training (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).

What do Software Engineers do?

They manage the entire software development life cycle (SDLC) and create documentation outlining plans and specifications as well as flowcharts and templates to ensure efficiency.


  1. The need for system program testing, consulting, interpretation, and evaluation
  2. Identifying technical issues and vulnerabilities in current systems and associated devices, processes, and procedures
  3. Verifying that programs and applications adhere to the requirements by checking, debugging, diagnosing, and repairing problems and flaws in the programming language of software under specified testing methodologies, requirements, and consistency standards.
  4. Producing and maintaining software code that complies with system requirements, system architecture, and technical specifications in accordance with standardized, recognized norms.
  5. Creating, maintaining, and updating technical documentation, user guides, and operating procedures
  6. Share your ideas, criticism, and personal experiences on how to create plans and techniques for software design activities, such as how to calculate the cost of purchasing and upgrading software.

English Requirement

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


  • There are Australian Graduate exceptions in some states and territories.
  • In some states and territories, Priority Skilled Lists can be used to meet a certain requirement.
  • The United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, the United States, and Ireland will not be allowed to take the IELTS or OET.

Where a license or registration is required, you must show that you know enough English to meet the requirements for the license or registration, or that you have a minimum IELTS or equivalent level of English.

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