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Australian Points Test effective 1 July 2011

A new Australian skilled immigration points test is expected to go into effect on 1 July 2011. All people who apply for immigration to Australia through the General Skilled Migration Program under the following visas on and after 1 July 2011 will be subject to this points test.

The following tables show the points that will be awarded under the new points test. It is expected that an applicant will need to score 65 points to pass the test.

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

English Language

Proficiency Points
Competent English - IELTS 6 0
Proficient English - IELTS 7 10
Superior English - IELTS 8 20

Australian Work Experience in a nominated occupation or closely related occupation

Years Points
One year Australian (of past two years) 5
Three years Australian (of past five years) 10
Five years Australian (of past seven years) 15

Overseas Work Experience in a nominated occupation or closely related occupation

Years Points
Three years overseas (of past five years) 5
Five years overseas (of past seven years) 10
Eight years overseas (of past 10 years) 15

Qualification (Australian or recognized overseas)

Qualification Points
Offshore recognized apprenticeship, AQFIII/IV completed in Australia, or Diploma completed in Australia 10
Bachelors or Masters degree 15
PhD 20

Other Criteria

Criteria Points
Recognition of Australian Study (minimum two years full time Australian study 5
Designated Language 5
Partner Skills 5
Professional Year 5
Sponsorship by state or territory government 5
Sponsorship by family or state or territory government to regional Australia 10
Study in a regional area 5