ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

VOCATIONAL ENGLISH

Vocational English is the required level to obtain:
• a 457 visa, and
Through the Temporary Residence Transitional Stream for people who have held a 457 visa for 2 years with and employer, namely:
• Employer Nominated Visa
• RSMA visa

Required scores to establish vocational English are as follows:

TestListeningReadingWritingSpeaking
IELTS 5555
TOEFL iBT 441414
PTE Academic 36363636
OETBBBB
Cambridge (CAE)154154154154

COMPETENT ENGLISH

For the majority of the skilled visas applicants will need to show that they have Competent English as a minimum to meet the threshold criteria.
If the applicant holds a passport from one of the 5 countries listed below, the applicant can establish Competent English without completing an English test:

• Canada
• Ireland
• New Zealand
• United Kingdom
• United States of America

Should an applicant not hold a passport from one of the above countries they will need to complete a recognised English language test and obtain the following score as a minimum:

TestListeningReadingWritingSpeaking
IELTS6666
TOEFL iBT12132118
PTE Acacemic50505050
OETBBBB
Cambridge (CAE)169169169169

Competent English gives the applicant 0 points in the Skilled Migration Points Test, but is an essential requirement to be able to lodge a skilled visa.

PROFICIENT ENGLISH

If the applicant can demonstrate Proficient English, this will give them 10 points for English Language ability.
Even native English speakers must undertake English Language testing to obtain points for Proficient English or higher.

Scores required for Proficient English are as follows:

TestListeningWritingReadingSpeaking
IELTS7777
TOEFL iBT24242723
PTE Academic65656565
OETBBBB
Cambridge (CAE)185185185185

SUPERIOR ENGLISH

If an applicant can demonstrate Superior English, this will give the applicant a maximum of 20 points for English language ability.

Minimum scores for Superior English are:

TestListeningReadingWritingSpeaking
IELTS8888
TOEFL iBT28293026
PTE Academic79797979
OETAAAA
Cambridge (CAE)200200200200

SPOUSE/PARTNER

If the applicants spouse or partner has less than functional English, then the applicant would need to pay the “English Education Charge” to cover English language tuition in applying for skilled migration.

They can provide evidence of Functional English by providing evidence of one of the following:
1. Completion of a degree, higher degree, diploma or trade certificate that required at least 2 years of study in English medium; or
2. Completion of all years of primary education and at least 3 years of secondary education in English medium; or
3. Completion of at least 5 years of secondary education in English medium; or
4. Scoring at least 4.5. averaged over the four components of the IELTS test within the last 12 months before application; or
5. Completion in Australia of at least 1 year full time study or equivalent part time study towards a degree, higher degree, diploma or associate diploma in English medium.
6. In some circumstances, Functional English can be established via interview

They can also demonstrate Functional English by completing an English test and scoring as follows:

TestAverage across the test components only
IELTS4.5
TOEFL iBT32
PTE Academic30
OETN/A
Cambridge (CAE)147