Australia Points Calculator: Calculate Your Score
In order to make an Expression of Interest for any visa in the General Skilled Migration category, including the 189, 190 and 491 subclass an applicant requires a minimum of 65 points on the following calculator.
To calculate your points, you need to consider the following factors:
- 18-24 years: 25 points
- 25-32 years: 30 points
- 33-39 years: 25 points
- 40-44 years: 15 points
- 45-49 years: 0 points
English language proficiency
- Superior English: 20 points
- Proficient English: 10 points
- Competent English: 0 points
The maximum score of 20 points is awarded to applicants who achieve a superior level of English on an approved English language test, such as the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scoring 8 or more in each band. Proficient English, which requires a score of at least 7 in each band is worth 10 points. Competent English requires a score of at least 6 in each band and is worth 0 points.
- Doctorate: 20 points
- Bachelor’s or Master’s degree: 15 points
- Diploma or trade qualification: 10 points
Skilled employment experience
- At least 8 years: 20 points
- 5-7 years: 15 points
- 3-4 years: 10 points
- 1-2 years: 5 points
Relevant work experience is defined as work experience in the applicant’s nominated occupation or a closely related occupation. To be considered skilled employment the work must be at a level that requires the same level of skill and experience as the nominated occupation. Skilled work experience points are awarded during an applicants Skill Assessment that they complete with the designated Skill Assessment authority for their nopminated occupation.
Partner skills and qualifications
- Partner has competent English and skilled occupation: 10 points
- Partner has competent English but no skilled occupation: 5 points
Partner skills are another factor that can earn points in the Australian immigration points system. If the applicant has a partner who also meets the requirements for skilled migration to Australia they can earn additional points for their partner’s skills.
To be eligible for points for partner skills the applicant’s partner must meet the requirements for skilled migration to Australia including having a skilled occupation and/or competent English proficiency. The partner’s skills and qualifications must be assessed and recognized by the relevant assessing authority in Australia.
State or territory sponsorship
- State or territory nomination: 5 or 10 points (5 for the 190 visa and 10 for the 491 subclass)
State or territory government nomination is another factor that can earn points in the Australian immigration points system. It is a process by which state or territory governments in Australia can nominate skilled migrants to fill skill shortages in their region.
The number of points awarded for state or territory government nomination depends on the visa subclass and the nomination requirements of the specific state or territory. For example, under the Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa, nomination by a state or territory government is worth 5 points, while under the Skilled Work Regional (subclass 491) visa, nomination by a state or territory government is worth 10 points.
To be eligible for state or territory government nomination the applicant must meet the specific nomination requirements of the state or territory in question which means having a particular occupation or English level. The state or territory also considers the applicant’s commitment to living and working in the region.
State or territory government nomination is an important factor in the Australian immigration points system because it indicates that the applicant has been identified as a skilled migrant who can contribute to the regional economy. This can increase the applicant’s chances of being invited to apply for a visa and can also provide additional support and resources for settlement in Australia.
Specialist education qualifications
- A Masters degree by research or a Doctorate in an area specified by the Minister: 5 points
Period of Australian study
To be eligible for points for Australian study the applicant must have completed a course of study in Australia that was at least two academic years in duration. The course must have been conducted in English and must have been undertaken at an Australian educational institution registered with the Australian government.
Community language qualifications
- A recognized qualification in a community language: 5 points
Credential community language is another factor that can earn points in the Australian immigration points system. It refers to the ability to speak a language other than English that is in demand in the Australian labor market.
To be eligible for points for credential community language the applicant must have a recognized qualification in a language other than English that is in demand in the Australian labor market. The qualification must have been obtained through an accredited institution, and the applicant must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in the language through a recognized language test.
Credential community language indicates that the applicant has skills and experience that are in demand in the Australian labor market.
Professional year in Australia
- Completion of a professional year in Australia: 5 points
A Professional Year Program is another factor that can earn points in the Australian immigration points system. It is a program designed to provide international students who have completed their studies in Australia with practical work experience and training in their field of study.
To be eligible for points for a Professional Year Program the applicant must have completed a Professional Year Program in Australia in their field of study. The program must have been approved by the Australian government and conducted by a recognized institution.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) qualifications are highly valued in the Australian labor market and are therefore a factor that can earn points in the Australian immigration points system. The exact amount of points awarded for having a STEM qualification under the Australian immigration points system is as follows:
- A Bachelor’s degree or higher degree in a STEM field: 10 points
To be eligible for points for a STEM qualification, the applicant must have completed a Bachelor’s degree or higher degree in a field of study that is classified as a STEM field by the Australian government. The degree must have been obtained from an accredited institution and must be recognized by the relevant assessing authority in Australia.
Having a STEM qualification is an important factor in the Australian immigration points system because it indicates that the applicant has skills and knowledge that are in demand in the Australian labor market. This can increase the applicant’s chances of finding employment and settling successfully in Australia.
Take a Free Assessment for a full breakdown of your Australia Points score for Immigration and to check your eligibility.