English language requirements- Competent English

Competent English, is required for some different visa categories. To prove you have Competent English, you will have to take one of approved English tests or qualify for exemptions.

Below you will find a list of different, approved for immigration tests scores, you must achieve to evidence Competent English.

RESULT IELTS OET TOEFL PTA CAE EXEMPTION
Competent English At least 6 for each of the 4 components At least B for each of the 4 components At least 50 for each of the 4 components At least 12 for listening, 13 for reading, 21 for writing and 18 for speaking ​​At least 169 in each of the 4 components you are a citizen of and hold a valid passport from the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland

Competent English – When you must have taken your test and how long the test result is valid

Subclass Applicant Validity
Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) Main/primary Test cannot have been undertaken more than 3 years before the date of application
Regional Sponsor Migration Scheme (subclass 187) – Direct Entry pathway Main/primary Test cannot have been undertaken more than 3 years before the date of application
Business Innovation and Investment (provisional) subclass 188) (Entrepreneur stream) Main/primary Test cannot have been undertaken more than 3 years before the date of invitation
Skilled Independent (subclass 189)(Points tested stream) Main/primary Test cannot have been undertaken more than 3 years before the date of invitation
Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) Main/primary Test cannot have been undertaken more than 3 years before the date of invitation
Skilled Regional (provisional) (subclass 489)(first provisional stream) Main/primary Test cannot have been undertaken more than 3 years before the date of invitation

English language tests and exemptions from testing for applicants:

  • holding valid passports for certain countries
    who have completed 5 years full time study at secondary education or higher education level where the instruction conducted in English
    nominated by an SBS sponsor in relation to an occupation that will be performed at a diplomatic or consular mission of another country or Office od Authorities of Taiwan located in Australia
    nominated in an occupation that requires occupational licensing, registration or membership to perform the occupation and was required to demonstrate proficiency in English
    employed by a company operating an established business overseas and nominated by an SBS sponsor of that company or an associated entity of that company and who is paid at least $96,400 pa
    The applicants must have achieved the test results required in the approved test on the test day in a single attempt at the test
  • The test must not be more than 3 years old on the day on which the applicant provided the evidence of the test

To evidence Competent English following exemptions are allowed:

If you are a  citizen of and hold a valid passport from the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland