English language requirements- Functional English

Functional English, is required for some different visa categories. To prove you have functional 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 Functional level of 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*

Functional English – in the 12 months before you applied for the visa.

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 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