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Payment Evidence


ACS requires sufficient evidence to verify your paid employment and that your pay is commensurate with the skill level for your position. Cash payments will not be accepted as sufficient evidence of paid employment.


Payment evidence requirements


For each period of employment, you must provide:

  • At least two different types of documentary evidence from the beginning of each employment 
  • At least two different types of documentary evidence from the end of each period of employment (or a recent piece of evidence if still in the same employment)
  • For example, if your employment with company “A” is from 01 March 2018 to 20 July 2022, you must provide two different types of payment evidence that confirm the March 2018 start date and two different types of payment evidence that confirm the July 2022 end date



When providing two types of payment evidence, at least one must be from a source other than the employer.



Acceptable payment evidence includes:

  • Payslips citing names of the applicant and employer (see example below)
  • Bank statements citing the name of the applicant showing salary payments from the employer (see example below)
  • Official government tax records like payment summaries or group certificates that mention the company and applicant name (Tax documents completed by the applicant are not accepted)
  • Employment-linked insurance documents citing the name of the applicant and employer
  • Superannuation/provident fund documents citing applicant and employer names 



Documents not in English will need to be translated.


Document requirements




If you provide a payslip as evidence, it must include all the following information.

  1. Employer name, address and logo
  2. Start and end period for the payment
  3. Salary or wages
  4. Tax
  5. Your name
  6. Your job title
  7. Your work address 

Bank statements


Bank Statements submitted as payment evidence must include all the following to be accepted.

  1. Bank Statement on official bank letterhead or stamp
  2. Bank location and address
  3. Your name
  4. Payment dates that align with the Employment Reference (see above)
  5. Deposit with Employer’s name

Document formatting


The original documents to be uploaded in your application may be paper-based or electronic and must be formatted as per the table.

Paper-based original documents
Electronic original documents
Paper-based original documents
Electronic original documents
Upload high-quality colour scans (at least 300 dpi). Scan all documents at the same resolution (dpi).
Upload original files.
Ensure all the edges are visible so that the document does not look cropped.
If documents are digitally signed, do not combine them with any other document.
Consolidate all pages into one PDF document for each qualification.
If original PDFs are password-protected for reading, then attach a separate PDF document with a table containing file names and passwords.



In some cases, payment evidence older than 10 years before the date of submission may be difficult to obtain. ACS will consider this when assessing the overall merits of an application. For countries without income tax, ACS may accept government-issued work permits or residence permits, or other government-issued documents that clearly show the employer’s name and employment date instead of the secondary payment evidence. 


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