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Under the latest Australian immigration regulations, you will need at least 60 points to submit an Express of Interest Statement (EOI) and apply for a skilled migration visa (including subclasses 189, 190 and 489).

The Point Test is a tool to help Australian immigration select foreigners who can bring economic benefits to the country. The purpose of the point test is to make the selection process more transparent and objective. This system will also help to eliminate unworthy individuals and focus on recognizing other positive skills and contributions, including:

  • English level is higher
  • Skill level is higher
  • High academic attainment in Australia and abroad
  • The best working age

Points will not be counted towards a specific occupation, although all applicants for Residence Visa must register in one of the professions included in MLTSS and STSOL, along with all skills associated with that occupation.

Australian Integrated Workbook (latest updated on 1/7/2017)

Point group Describe Scores
Age 18 – 24 25
25 – 32 30
33 – 39 25
40 – 44 15
English proficiency IELTS 6.0 for each skill 0
IELTS 7.0 for each skill 10
IELTS 8.0 for each skill 20
Work experience  in Australia  by immigration or related occupations (within 10 years from the date of application) Less than 1 year experience 0
1 – 2 years of experience 5
3 – 4 years of experience 10
5 – 7 years of experience 15
8 -10 years of experience 20
Work experience  outside Australia  by immigration or related occupations (within 10 years from the filing date) Less than 3 years experience 0
3 – 4 years of experience 5
5 – 7 years of experience 10
8 – 10 years 15
Qualifications (issued in Australia or in a recognized foreign institution) Awards or certificates are recognized by the Australian Assessment Body 10
A degree or diploma in Australia 10
Bachelors and Masters degrees 15
Doctor 20
Meet the Australian study requirements Have at least a degree / certificate from a recognized Australian institution 5
Special qualification A master’s degree or a PhD by an Australian institution that has at least 2 academic years in the relevant field 5
Community language 5
Spouses of the same industry 5
Completion of vocational programs 5
Government guarantee (for visa 190) 5
Family or state government sponsorship to live in a small population (for 489 visa) 10
Study in a small population 5
1. Age

Points for age will be determined based on the age of the applicant as of the date of registration. If applicants are between the ages of 45-49, they can still apply for a visa, but will not be counted for age:

Age Point
18-24 25
25-32 30
33-39 25
40-44 15
45-49 0


2. English proficiency

For all persons applying for a permanent resident visa, the minimum English level required to achieve is Competent English (equivalent to at least 6 IELTS scores for all skills) or other English accredited by goverment. Although the Competent English qualification score is 0, they can still apply for Visa if they meet all other eligibility criteria.

Scores for English proficiency are calculated as follows:

English level Point
Competent English – IELTS 6.0 all skills 0
Proficient English – IELTS 7.0 all skills 10
Superior English – IELTS 8.0 all skills 20


3) Work experience in Australia and abroad

Points will be added to those occupations in the occupation list, both in Australia and outside Australia.

For the purpose of this section, the experience of the applicant is to be experienced in the profession, or closely related to the occupation. Applicants can earn points for both work experience in Australia as well as other countries.

Applicants will be awarded points based on past work experience in the past 10 years as follows:

  • Working in Australia
Number of years of experience Point
1 year 5
3 years 10
5 years 15
8 years 20
  • Working abroad
Number of years of experience Point
3 years 5
5 years 10
8 years 15
4. Education

Additions will be made according to the highest level of education the applicant has placed. Example: If the applicant has completed a university course and a Ph.D. course, they will only be awarded points based on their Ph.D. Points are awarded according to the educational level calculated as follows:

Qualifications (granted in Australia or accredited foreign institutions) Point
A degree or diploma in Australia 10
Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees (credits) 15
Doctorate (Doctorate) 20

To earn points based on a degree issued by a foreign organization, this certificate must be accompanied by a degree certificate issued in Australia.

5. Special degree
Describe Point
Special qualification 5

Individuals can earn points if they have special qualifications as follows:

  • A master’s degree or Ph.D.
  • Specialized in the following disciplines:  Science,  Technology,  Engineering and Mathematics (STEM),  Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
6. Meet the requirements of study in Australia

To qualify for a degree in Australia, applicants must demonstrate that the qualification is received after a period of study in Australia for at least two academic years (equivalent to 92 weeks already enrolled). on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students). Two courses can be combined to qualify for two years, including all undergraduate, collegial and vocational courses.

Describe Point
At least 2 years of full-time study 5
7. Study in a small population

5 points will also be given to those who have lived and completed their course in less populated areas of Australia. Evidence such as rent papers, utility bills, school transcripts, and letters of offer will also be required to prove that the applicant has studied in a small area.

Describe Point
Complete your studies in Australia in a small area 5
Postcode of the study area is less populated
Minorities Postcodes
New South Wales (except Sydney, Newcastle, Central Coast and Wollongong) 2311 to 2312
2328 to 2411
2420 to 2490
From 1993 to 2008
2575 to 2594
2618 to 2739
2787 to 2898
Northern Territory All Postcards in the North
Queensland (except Brisbane and Gold Coast) 4124 to 4125
4270 to 4272
4307 to 4499
4517 to 4519
South of Australia All postcards in South Australia
Tasmania All postcode of Tasmania
Victoria (except Melbourne area) 3211 to 3334
3340 to 3424
3430 to 3649
3658 to 3749
3753, 3756, 3758, 3762, 3764
3778 to 3781
3783, 3797, 3799
3810 to 3909
3921 to 3925
3945 to 3974
3981 to 3996
Western Australia (except Perth and surrounding areas) 6041 to 6044
6083 to 6084
6121 to 6126
6200 to 6799
8. Completion of the Professional Year Program

Applicants will be credited for completing the four year career guidance program within four years of their application for a settlement visa. This program must last for at least 12 months.

Describe Point
Professional Year 5
9. Points for translators

Points will be added to individuals who are recognized as professional translators by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI).

Describe Point
Translation technician 5
10. Spouse / Partner / Partner Scores

Eligibility to earn Partner Skills:

  • Study in the same field
  • Partner has enough Skill Assessment
  • Must have a marriage certificate (Civil Partnership Certificate)
  • Have at least English level of Competent English
  • Under 50 years old
Describe Point
Partner Skills 5


11. Guaranteed by state government (for visa 190)
Describe Point
Guaranteed by the state government (for 190 visa 5
12. Family or state government guarantee for living in less populated areas (for 489 visa)
Describe Point
Family or state government sponsorship to live in a small population (for 489 visa) 10


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