Wondering if anyone here might be able to provide me with some input to this query? I've received a document from NZIS this morning about the rule changes to the SMC on February 4th, and as such have written to NZIS as follows to see if the new rules (ie, using ANZSCO) will help me claim bonus points for experience in an area of absolute skills shortage or not:-


Hi, I was wondering if you could clarify something for me please?

Under the changes due to the SMC on February 4th, my occupation falls under ANZSCO Skill Level 1, as defined here:-

1220.0 - ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations, First Edition, 2006

I have three questions, in relation to whether I can bonus points for qualifications & experience in an area of absolute skill shortage (IT), but with no job offer:-

1. The ANZSCO link above states "Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification." I have a BA (Hons) degree, but it is not wholly IT specific, although partly IT related. Would I be permitted to use my BA (Hons) degree to claim bonus points under the qualifications in a skills shortage area?

2. The ANZSCO link above also states "At least five years of relevant experience and/or relevant vendor certification may substitute for the formal qualification." I have 8 years experience in my field, as well as a number of Cisco Systems vendor accreditations. Would either the experience or accreditations (CCNP / Firewall Specialist) be acceptable allowing me to claim bonus points under experience in a skills shortage area? My understanding from the new rules would be that even if I cannot claim my BA (Hons) degree (if it is deemed non-IT specific) and cannot claim my vendor accreditations, I should still be able to claim the bonus points for a experience in a skills shortage area based on my 8 years (5+ required)? Please confirm.

Many Thanks,


Any comments appreciated (as I may have gotten this all very wrong!)