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The SkillSelect Points Test

How does the Points Test work?

The Points Test awards points for skills and attributes considered to be in need in Australia.

The pass mark is the total amount of points required to be eligible for the grant of a SkillSelect visa. It is currently set at 65 points.

 

Points are calculated as follows;

Points for age

  • The following points are awarded for age, at the time of invitation to apply for the visa:
    • 18-24 (inclusive) – 25 points
    • 25-32 (inclusive) – 30 points
    • 33-39 (inclusive) – 25 points
    • 40-44 (inclusive) – 15 points

Applicants must be under 45 to be eligible for a SkillSelect visa.

 

Points for skilled employment in your occupation

Points are awarded for employment at a skilled level in your skilled occupation, either in Australia or overseas.

Points for Australian employment.

    • Length of employment in Australia In your occupation at a skilled level in the last 10 years:-
      • At least 1 but less than 3 years – 5
      • At least 3 but less than 5 years – 10
      • At least 5 but less that 8 years – 15
      • At least 5 but less than 8 years – 20

Points for overseas employment

    • Length of overseas employment In your occupation at a skilled level in the last 10 years:-
      • At least 3 but less than 5 years – 5
      • At least 5 but less than 8 years – 10
      • At least 8 and up to 10 years -15

 

Points for Completion of a Professional Year in Australia

Candidates who completed an approved Professional Year in Australia in their nominated occupation or a closely related skilled occupation in the last 4 years are awarded 5 points.

Points for Professional Year (P/Y) – 5 points

 

Points for Education

Points are awarded for the highest qualification you have attained. If you have more than one qualification you only get points for the highest qualification you have attained.

 

Points awarded for education are:

Australian or overseas Doctorate (PhD) – 20

Australian or overseas bachelor Degree (including Honours and Masters Degrees) – 15

Australian or overseas Diploma – 10

Australian or overseas Trade Qualification – 10

All candidates must have their skills assessed by the nominated Australian Skills Assessment Authority for their occupation, to confirm that their skills and qualifications are equivalent to the Australian standards for their occupation.

 

 Points for Australian Study

Candidates who have completed one or more registered degrees, diplomas or trade qualifications in Australia, which totalled at least 16 calendar months of study and which comprises at least two years of academic study, while studying in English, on a student visa in Australia are awarded 5 points in the skill select points test

The study must be closely related to the applicant’s nominated skilled occupation.

Points for Australian Study – 5

 

Points for Credentialed Community language skills

Candidates who are accredited as an interpreter or translator by NAATI (National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters), in certain specified languages are awarded 5 points for Credentialed Community Language Skills.

Points for Credentialed Community Language Skills – 5

 

Points for Studying and Living in Regional Australia

Candidates who are entitled to points for Australian study are awarded an additional 5 points if they were living in Regional Australia (as defined by the Migration Regulations) while you were studying.

Points for studying and living in Regional Australia – 5 points

 

 Points for Partner Skills  

Candidates who have a spouse or de facto partner that meets the criteria for a SkillSelect visa similar to the one they are applying for, are awarded 5 points.  There must meet the age requirement, meet the English language requirement and hold a positive skills assessment in their occupation.

Points for Partner skills – 5

 

Points for State or Territory nomination for a Subclass 190 visa

Candidates who are nominated by a State or Territory government for a subclass 190 visa are awarded 5 points.

Points for State or Territory nomination for a subclass 190 visa – 5

 

 Points for State or Territory nomination for a Subclass 489 visa

Candidates who are nominated by a State or Territory government for a subclass 489 visa are awarded 10 points.

Points for State or Territory nomination for a subclass 489 visa – 10

 

 Points for a Designated Area Sponsor for a subclass 489 visa

Candidates who are sponsored by a close family relative living in a Designated Area, for a subclass 489 visa, are awarded 10 points.

Points for a Designated Area Sponsor for a subclass 489 visa – 5

 

Points for English language skills

Applicants must at least have Competent English to be eligible for a SkillSelect visa. Competent by definition, requires a minimum score of 6 in each of the four components of an IELTS English language test, or other equivalent test. Applicants who hold a passport from the UK, Canada, NZ, USA or Ireland are deemed to meet competent English language requirement without undertaking an IELTS test.

Applicants who can demonstrate they have Proficient English are awarded 10 points in the SkillSelect Points Test. By definition, applicants with Proficient English must score a minimum of 7 in each of the four components of an IELTS English language test, or other equivalent test.

Applicants who can demonstrate they have Superior English are awarded 20 points in the SkillSelect Points Test. By definition applicants with Superior English must score a minimum of 8 in each of the four components of an IE LTS English language test, or other equivalent test.

To claim points for Proficient or Superior English language skills all applicants, including applicants with “exempt” must complete an English language test. The test must be completed before the EOI is submitted.

  • Summary of points awarded for English language ability:
    • Superior English (IELTS 8 minimum score) – 20
    • Proficient English (IELTS 7 minimum score) –  10