Points Test

Factor Description Points
Age 18–24 25
25–32 30
33–39 25
40–44 15
45–49 0
English language * or equivalent standard in a specified test) Competent English - IELTS 6* 0
Proficient English - IELTS 7* 10
Superior English - IELTS 8* 20
Australian or overseas skilled employment in nominated occupation or a closely related occupation undertaken in the past 10 years
Note: Maximum points that can be awarded for any combination of Australian or overseas skilled employment is 20 points
One year in Australia 5
Three years in Australia 10
Five years in Australia 15
Eight years in Australia 20
Three years overseas 5
Five years overseas 10
Eight years overseas 15
Qualifications (Australian or recognised overseas) Australian Diploma or trade qualification or other qualification recognised by a relevant Assessing Authority 10
At least a Bachelor degree 15
Doctorate 20
Australian study requirement Minimum two years full-time (Australian study requirement) 5
Study in a regional area Must meet the Australian Study Requirement while studying in a regional area 5
Professional Year Completion of a recognised Professional Year 5
Credentialed Community language NAATI accreditation 5
Partner skills Primary applicants partner meets threshold requirements for skilled migration visa 5
Nomination by state/territory government (subclass 176 or 886 visa) Nomination by a state or territory government under a state migration plan 5
Designated area sponsorship or nominated by state/territory government (subclass 475 or 487 visa) Sponsorship by an eligible relative living in a designated area or nomination by a state or territory government under a state migration plan 10

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