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POINTS TEST

Overview
Points criteria are assessed at the time of invitation. For more information please visit Department of Home Affairs. 

Point table for Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189/190/491)

Age

AgePoints
At least 18 but less than 25 years25
At least 25 but less than 33 years30
At least 33 but less than 40 years25
At least 40 but less than 45 years15

English language skills

EnglishPoints
Competent English (IELTS At least 6 for each of the 4 components)
PTE At least 50 for each of the 4 components) or equivalent
0
Proficient English (IELTS At least 7 for each of the 4 components)
PTE At least 65 for each of the 4 components) or equivalent
10
Superior English (IELTS At least 8 for each of the 4 components)
(PTE At least 79 for each of the 4 components) or equivalent
20

Skilled employment experience

One can only claim points in this category if the employment was paid work in one’s nominated skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation for 20 hours each week claimed; and one was employed for the specified period set out in the table, within the 10 years before you are invited to apply.
The maximum number of points awarded in this category are capped at 20 including Overseas and Australian experience. 

Overseas skilled employment – (outside Australia)

Number of yearsPoints
Less than 3 years0
At least 3 but less than 5 years5
At least 5 but less than 8 years10
At least 8 years15

Australian skilled employment – (in Australia)

Number of yearsPoints
Less than 1 year0
At least 1 but less than 3 years5
At least 3 but less than 5 years10
At least 5 but less than 8 years15
At least 8 years20

Educational qualifications

For points-based migration you will receive points for your highest qualification only, however, it should be equivalent
to Australian Qualification Framework level. 

RequirementPoints
A Doctorate from an Australian educational institution or a Doctorate (PHD only) from another educational institution, that is of a recognised standard.20
At least a Bachelor degree from an Australian educational institution or at least a Bachelor qualification, from another educational institution, that is of a recognised standard.15
A diploma or trade qualification from an Australian educational institution.10
Attained a qualification or award recognised by the relevant assessing authority for your nominated skilled occupation as being suitable for that occupation10

Specialist education qualification

RequirementPoints
A Masters degree by research or a Doctorate degree from an Australian educational institution that included at least 2 academic years to in a relevant field (STEM).10

Australian study requirement

Two academic years of study equals 92 weeks that contribute towards 1 or more acceptable qualification undertaken and completed
at the visa that allows you to study.

RequirementPoints
Meet the Australian study requirement5

Professional year in Australia

RequirementPoints
Completion of a Professional Year in Australia (IT/Accounting/Engineering)5

Credentialled community language

RequirementPoints
Hold a recognised qualification in a credentialled community language5

Study in regional Australia

RequirementPoints
You must have at least 1 degree, diploma or trade qualification from an Australian educational institution that satisfies the Australian study requirement obtained while living and studying in an eligible area of regional Australia5

Partner skills

You can only claim points in one of the below mentioned criteria.

RequirementPoints
Your spouse or de facto partner must also be an applicant for this visa and meet age, English and Skills criteria10
Your spouse or de facto partner must also be an applicant for this visa and has competent English5
Your spouse or de facto partner must also be an applicant for this visa and meet age and skill criteria5

Nomination or Sponsorship

RequirementPoints
You were invited to apply for a Subclass 190 (Skilled — Nominated) visa and the nominating State or Territory government agency has not withdrawn the nomination5
You were invited to apply for a Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) because you were nominated, and the nominating State or Territory government agency has not withdrawn that nomination
or
You are being sponsored for a Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) by a family member and the Minister has accepted that sponsorship
15

You must be nominated to be invited to apply for these visas. Provided your nomination remains in effect,
you may be eligible for the award of these points. 

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POINTS TEST

Overview
Points criteria are assessed at the time of invitation. For more information please visit Department of Home Affairs. 

Point table for Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189/190/491)

Age

AgePoints
At least 18 but less than 25 years25
At least 25 but less than 33 years30
At least 33 but less than 40 years25
At least 40 but less than 45 years15

English language skills

EnglishPoints
Competent English (IELTS At least 6 for each of the 4 components)
PTE At least 50 for each of the 4 components) or equivalent
0
Proficient English (IELTS At least 7 for each of the 4 components)
PTE At least 65 for each of the 4 components) or equivalent
10
Superior English (IELTS At least 8 for each of the 4 components)
(PTE At least 79 for each of the 4 components) or equivalent
20

Skilled employment experience

One can only claim points in this category if the employment was paid work in one’s nominated skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation for 20 hours each week claimed; and one was employed for the specified period set out in the table, within the 10 years before you are invited to apply.
The maximum number of points awarded in this category are capped at 20 including Overseas and Australian experience. 

Overseas skilled employment – (outside Australia)

Number of yearsPoints
Less than 3 years0
At least 3 but less than 5 years5
At least 5 but less than 8 years10
At least 8 years15

Australian skilled employment – (in Australia)

Number of yearsPoints
Less than 1 year0
At least 1 but less than 3 years5
At least 3 but less than 5 years10
At least 5 but less than 8 years15
At least 8 years20

Educational qualifications

For points-based migration you will receive points for your highest qualification only, however, it should be equivalent
to Australian Qualification Framework level. 

RequirementPoints
A Doctorate from an Australian educational institution or a Doctorate (PHD only) from another educational institution, that is of a recognised standard.20
At least a Bachelor degree from an Australian educational institution or at least a Bachelor qualification, from another educational institution, that is of a recognised standard.15
A diploma or trade qualification from an Australian educational institution.10
Attained a qualification or award recognised by the relevant assessing authority for your nominated skilled occupation as being suitable for that occupation10

Specialist education qualification

RequirementPoints
A Masters degree by research or a Doctorate degree from an Australian educational institution that included at least 2 academic years to in a relevant field (STEM).5

Australian study requirement

Two academic years of study equals 92 weeks that contribute towards 1 or more acceptable qualification undertaken and completed
at the visa that allows you to study.

RequirementPoints
Meet the Australian study requirement5

Professional year in Australia

RequirementPoints
Completion of a Professional Year in Australia (IT/Accounting/Engineering)5

Credentialled community language

RequirementPoints
Hold a recognised qualification in a credentialled community language5

Study in regional Australia

RequirementPoints
You must have at least 1 degree, diploma or trade qualification from an Australian educational institution that satisfies the Australian study requirement obtained while living and studying in an eligible area of regional Australia5

Partner skills

You can only claim points in one of the below mentioned criteria.

RequirementPoints
Your spouse or de facto partner must also be an applicant for this visa and meet age, English and Skills criteria10
Your spouse or de facto partner must also be an applicant for this visa and has competent English5
Your spouse or de facto partner must also be an applicant for this visa and meet age and skill criteria5

Nomination or Sponsorship

RequirementPoints
You were invited to apply for a Subclass 190 (Skilled — Nominated) visa and the nominating State or Territory government agency has not withdrawn the nomination5
You were invited to apply for a Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) because you were nominated, and the nominating State or Territory government agency has not withdrawn that nomination
or
You are being sponsored for a Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) by a family member and the Minister has accepted that sponsorship
15

You must be nominated to be invited to apply for these visas. Provided your nomination remains in effect,
you may be eligible for the award of these points.