ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS FOR WORK VISA

FUNCTIONAL ENGLISH

RESULT IELTS OET TOEFL PTA CAE EXEMPTION
FUNCTIONAL ENGLISH An average band score of at least 4.5 for each of the 4 test components NA A total band score of at least 32 based on the 4 test components of speaking, reading, writing and listening An overall band score of at least 30 for each of the 4 test components An overall band score of at least 147 for each of the four test components See 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

Institution Study time
a primary school and secondary school where all instruction was in English in or outside Australia All years of primary and at least 3 years of secondary study
a secondary school in or outside Australia where all instruction was in English At least 5 years of study
an institution in Australia where all instruction was in English At least 1 year of full-time study towards an award
an institution in Australia where all instruction was in English The part-time equivalent of 1 year of full-time study towards an award

VOCATIONAL ENGLISH

RESULT IELTS OET TOEFL PTA CAE EXEMPTION
VOCATIONAL ENGLISH At least 5 for each of the 4 test components At least B for each of the 4 test components At least 4 for listening, 4 for reading, 14 for writing and 14 for speaking At least 36 for each of the 4 test components ​At least 154 in each of the 4 test 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

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

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

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

RESULT IELTS OET TOEFL PTA CAE EXEMPTION
PROFICIENT ENGLISH At least 7 for each of the 4 components At least B for each of the 4 components At least 24 for listening, 24 for reading, 27 for writing and 23 for speaking At 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

RESULT IELTS OET TOEFL PTA CAE EXEMPTION
SUPERIOR ENGLISH At least 8 for each of the 4 components At least A for each of the 4 components At least 28 for listening, 29 for reading, 30 for writing and 26 for speaking At 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