ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS FOR WORK VISA

FUNCTIONAL ENGLISH

RESULTIELTSOETTOEFLPTACAEEXEMPTION
FUNCTIONAL ENGLISHAn average band score of at least 4.5 for each of the 4 test componentsNAA total band score of at least 32 based on the 4 test components of speaking, reading, writing and listeningAn overall band score of at least 30 for each of the 4 test componentsAn overall band score of at least 147 for each of the four test componentsSee below*

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 Functional English following exemptions are allowed:

The part-time equivalent of 1 year of full-time study towards an award you are a citizen of and hold a valid passport issued by the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland

InstitutionStudy time
a primary school and secondary school where all instruction was in English in or outside AustraliaAll years of primary and at least 3 years of secondary study
a secondary school in or outside Australia where all instruction was in EnglishAt least 5 years of study
an institution in Australia where all instruction was in EnglishAt least 1 year of full-time study towards an award
an institution in Australia where all instruction was in EnglishThe part-time equivalent of 1 year of full-time study towards an award

VOCATIONAL ENGLISH

RESULTIELTSOETTOEFLPTACAEEXEMPTION
VOCATIONAL ENGLISHAt least 5 for each of the 4 test componentsAt least B for each of the 4 test componentsAt least 4 for listening, 4 for reading, 14 for writing and 14 for speakingAt least 36 for each of the 4 test components​At least 154 in each of the 4 test componentsyou 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

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 Vocational 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

COMPETENT ENGLISH

COMPETENT ENGLISH

RESULTIELTSOETTOEFLPTACAEEXEMPTION
COMPETENT ENGLISHAt least 6 for each of the 4 componentsAt least B for each of the 4 componentsAt least 50 for each of the 4 componentsAt least 12 for listening, 13 for reading, 21 for writing and 18 for speaking​​At least 169 in each of the 4 componentsyou 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

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

PROFICIENT ENGLISH

RESULTIELTSOETTOEFLPTACAEEXEMPTION
PROFICIENT ENGLISHAt least 7 for each of the 4 componentsAt least B for each of the 4 componentsAt least 24 for listening, 24 for reading, 27 for writing and 23 for speakingAt least 65 for each of the 4 test components​​​​At least 185 in each of the 4 test components​NA

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 Proficient English following exemptions are allowed:

NA

SUPERIOR ENGLISH

RESULTIELTSOETTOEFLPTACAEEXEMPTION
SUPERIOR ENGLISHAt least 8 for each of the 4 componentsAt least A for each of the 4 componentsAt least 28 for listening, 29 for reading, 30 for writing and 26 for speakingAt least 79 for each of the 4 test components​​​​At least 200 in each of the 4 test components​NA

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 Superior English following exemptions are allowed:

NA