English Level Requirement - Office of Immigration Australia

English Language Level Requirement

At the time of invitation, you must have at least competent English.

Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)

Points-tested stream

This visa lets invited workers with skills Australia need, to live and work permanently anywhere in Australia.

Covid-19 and at home language tests

Some testing centres are providing versions of their tests that you can take at home, such as TOEFL iBT – Special Home Edition, OET@Home and IELTS Indicator. The Department of Home Affairs does not currently accept these tests.

See the tests they do accept in the tables below.

At the time of invitation, you must have at least competent English.

Points attributed toward EOI:

Competent English/ IELTS Band 6 = 0 points toward EOI

Proficient English/ IELTS Band 7 = 10 points toward EOI

Superior English/ IELTS Band 8 = 20 points toward EOI

*Test cannot have been undertaken more than 3 years before the date of invitation.

*If you are claiming partner points then your partner must also have at least Competent English at time of invitation.

As an Active member of the Australian Immigration Bulletin, you are entitled to gain FREE access to the comprehensive IELTS Express learning platform provided by Career Wise English School. This course is designed to help you pass the IELTS test on the first go, preparing you for all the components tested (reading, writing, listening and speaking).

You can set up your free ‘IELTS Express’ account here.