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English language IELTS requirements for Australia General Skilled Migration Visas

Australian Department of Immigration and citizenship has fixed the English language norms keeping in mind a simple fact that Immigrants who are fluent in the English language will be able to find a job in the Australian economy soon. Not to mention, this will also help the new immigrants in social networking in a distant land. However, poor language skills can be devastating to the likelihood of their career success, even if they qualify through all the necessary requirements of the job.

Skill levels based on the IELTS score

Accordingly, Australia requires all prospective economic migrants to take an IELTS test. Speaking, reading, writing and listening are the four main components of this test, on the basis of which, the language skills of the applicants is evaluated. To be eligible to apply for one of the permanent General Skilled Migration (GSM) visa categories, the main applicant must have ‘competent’ English or ‘vocational’ English, if they nominate for a skilled trade occupation.

The Australian immigration regulations identify seven English skill levels after assessing the fluency and competence of the applicant in the Queen’s language under the General Skilled Migration (GSM) visas:

1. Proficient English – Applicants who score a minimum of 7 points in their IELTS test score in each of the 4 components of the test are honoured to be included in this skill level, which is the highest in the test score. The applicant of this level are awarded 25 points in the GSM points test.

2. Competent English – Applicant of this level are the ones who have an IELTS test score of at least 6 points on each of the 4 components of the test. They are granted 15 points in the GSM points test.

3. Concessional Competent English – This level comprise in the applicants with the average band score of 5.5 in their IELTS score. The applicant is given 15 points in the GSM points test, if they have applied for the Skilled – Regional Sponsored visa and has paid a fee to attend English language tuition in a participating State or Territory.

4. “Vocational” or “Better than functional” English – Applicants with an IELTS score of at least 5 points in each of the 4 components of the test are included in this level. The applicant gets 15 points in the GSM points test, if they nominate for a skilled trade occupation. This is the minimum English requirement for Skilled sponsored applicants and a requirement for the Employer nomination scheme.

5. Functional English – Applicants who obtain an IELTS average band score of at least 4.5 points is listed under this skill level. These applicants do not get any points in the GSM points test.

6. Limited English – An IELTS average band score of at least 4 based on the 4 test components causes the applicant to be included under this skill level and not get any points benefit in the GSM points test.

7. No English – Applicants listed in this level usually have very limited understanding of English language skills. These applicants are not given any points in the GSM points test.

An IELTS report is normally valid for two years only and the Australian Immigration regulations require that the applicants undergo a fresh test if his earlier test report has expired and is more than two years old.

It is important to note that some occupations have minimum prescribed IELTS score requirements and applicants must obtain that minimum score to be eligible to apply for visa for such a nominated occupation. Two of such most common occupations are Engineers and teachers.

While Engineers need to have a minimum band of 6 in each of the IELTS testing modules in general training test, the minimum requirement for teachers is a band of 7 in each of the IELTS testing modules in Academic training test. These two occupations also require the applicant to appear in and provide the IELTS result as a part of the immigration assessment process.

Visa Application Charge

Anyone who is 18 years or above and have less than ‘functional’ English and applied under the below mentioned visa classes, is required to pay a second instalment and any other charge due, before they are granted a visa. The visa officer will tell you when and how to pay.

  • – Skilled – Independent
  • – Skilled – Sponsored
  • – Skilled – Regional Sponsored
  • – Business skills
  • – Employer nomination (excluding religious workers)
  • – Labour agreement (excluding religious workers)
  • – Distinguished talent
  • – Former resident
  • – Former citizen
  • – Family of New Zealand citizen

It is thereby strongly recommended that the applicant take preparatory classes before appearing in an IELTS test.

Summary: IELTS test is an integral part of the Immigration process under the Australia General Skilled Migration Visa. This test is required for the principal applicant as well as spouse and adult dependents above 18 years of age, unless you are lucky to be included in the category of people who are exempted to appear for the IELTS test.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.immigration.net.in/2009/04/30/english-language-ielts-requirements-for-australia-general-skilled-migration-visas/


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  1. Ashish

    I applied under subclass 190 for australia immigration.
    My IELTS score is L-7, R-5.5, W6.5, S-6 . Overall -6.5
    Can i apply with this score? if not .

    In my Next IELTS exam will they consider my bands of other modules except Reading .As i know i have to give test for all the module again but my query is do i need to get now 6 Bands in Reading module only or again in all modules as i already got 6 bands in L,W&S ?

  2. Leendah Haguzar Buko

    Dear sir,
    I just got my ielts test results back august 2014
    I got listening 5, reading 6, writting, 6 and speaking 7.5
    overall band score 6.0. Am i eligible for student visa for
    post graduate study in Australia

    Please advise



    1. sanam

      Dear Linda,

      Please note that “We are an immigration consulting company and do not assist in student visas, work permits, overseas or domestic jobs for any country.”

  3. Prince

    dear sir i have done ielts with 5 bands speaking reading 5 listening 6 and writing 4.5 can i apply for aus please reply me on Gmail

    1. sanam

      Dear Prince,

      To qualify for Australia Immigration minimum 6 in each component is a must requirement.

  4. sona john

    Dear sir madam.. I completed Bse nursing and I have 1 year experience and 23 yrs old, I want 2 go 2 Australia on PR basis. .how much point have required ? and I have one brother he completed auto mobile mechanic.2 yr experience also 4 go 2 Australia on PR basis. How much point point have required 4 ielts?plz reply me sir…thanku

  5. Samit Paul

    I want to apply GSM visa subclass 189. What module of IELTS test I should have to appear?

  6. venkatachala

    Dear sir madam
    I have done iti & i have 10 years experience in industrail field please let me how much band score required for immigration.

  7. nitin shankar pawar

    Dear sir or Madam,
    i am as chef working in 5 star hotel and i have 8 years exeperience, i am 28 years old.
    I gave ielts i got in reading 3.5,Speaking 5,writing 4.5,listeining 5.so over all score 4.5

    I want to known Is I am eligible to apply for Australias PR visa or working visa

    \Your Faithfully,
    Nitin Pawar.

  8. sally

    Good morning
    i wanted to ask if i need to do the general or academic module for immigration to australia
    and what should be my minimum score
    my profession is
    medical laboratory technologist

  9. deepak upadhyaya

    Dear sir I got listining 5 writing 5 reading 5 and speaking 4.5 . Overall band 5 can I apply skill sponcer visa plz kindly reply me

  10. Ivin Koshy

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    Am a Mechanical Engr. with QC certification in oil field & I ‘ve one year gulf experience, want to get a better opportunity in Australia. How much should I score in IELTS?
    Expecting your quick response.

    1. sanam


      For Australia one need 7 in each component of IELTS to claim English language points.
      Kindly send us your detailed resume for assessment and we shall let you know the case specific requirement.

  11. Puujee


    I’m an accountant and 11 years work experience. I’m planning to work in Australia. How many IELTS band in required. Please give me some advice.

    Best Regards

    1. sanam

      Accountants requires an Academic IELTS 7 in each component.

  12. Dr Ratinder kaur

    Hello everyone. I am a dentist and I did MBA in health care from India. I have two queries:-?
    1) I want to apply for PR in Australia. Under which SOL list shall I get my degree assessment done? (I want to get my MBA degree assessed?
    2) I have 1 year 2 months experience in Dentistry and 1 year 8 months experience in MBA-health care which makes my total work experience equal to 2 year 10 months. Will I be able to get 5 points for experience? And also will my 1 year of dental internship be counted as work experience?
    Kindly revert back. I shall be very thankful for the same.

  13. amalraj

    I am writing to you this email, I got ielts score band each in 4.I have completed ITI mechanic and 15 years experience. I want to your advice

  14. John Jerome Giray

    I’m planning to apply as a teacher in Australia. I would like to know whether I need to take the academic or general training in the IELTS. Thank you.

  15. sunil


    I have master degree in chemistry with four years working experience in pharmaceutical industry after graduation.

    Can I go to Australia for working visa with ielts score 5.

    pls suggest

  16. karam

    Dear sir/madam
    I did 1 year plumbing course 3 year experience .
    My sister is living in Australia , She can sponsor me
    Can I get PR visa os aus , and how much Ielts requirement for me , I’m taking coaching of Ielts ,,
    Please reply early !!!

  17. Edward

    I have received my IELTS scores as below:

    Reading – 5.5
    Writing – 6
    Speaking – 6.5
    Listening – 7
    Overall – 6.5

    Is it possible for me to apply for PR Visa for Australia under Skilled Migration Visa – subclass 190?

    Could someone guide me?


    1. billu

      no As they need 6 each for subclass 190

  18. saab

    My ielts GT score
    l 6.5
    R 5.5
    W 5
    S 5
    I have PR of italy. And have a 3 year
    work experience of construction work
    my qualification civil engineering diploma in first division
    after metric am I eligible for PR Canada or Australia.

    1. sanam


      Please note that minimum 6 in each component is required and to claim points for Language Proficiency you need to score 7 in each component.

  19. akash

    I received my IELTS result on 16th
    Aug-2014 and the score is as follow:
    Overall band-5.5
    Should i eligible for Permanent
    Citizenship of Australia

  20. Bhattacharya

    I have 7 yrs of exp and I am working in power utility company . I am a married person.
    Then can I get PR as a skilled independent category for Australia If I get 6 in each section .?

    1. sanam


      Kindly send us your detailed resume for assessment at sanam@abhinav.com and we shall advise you further.

  21. shruti more

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I received my IELTS result on 16th Aug-2014 and the score is as follow:
    Overall band-5.5
    Should i eligible for Permanent Citizenship of Australia/Canada?
    If not, then how many score band is required for Australia/Canada?

    Kindly suggest me.


    1. sanam

      Dear Shruti,

      For Canada/Australia minimum 6 in each component is a must requirement.

  22. Vinay M L

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I received my IELTS result on 1st Aug-2014 and the score is L-7, R-6, W-6.5, S-5.5 Overall band-6.5
    Can I get some details whether this band (6.5) is eligible for Canada / Australia / New Zealand.

    Kindly suggest me.

    Vinay M L

    1. sanam

      Dear Vinay,

      As on date we are not providing any services for NZ visas..Please note that Minimum 6 in each component is required for Canada/Australia.

  23. Savi

    Sir how much band of IELTS is required for teaching ICT/ Computer in Australia. And IELTS General or Academic

  24. Simran

    I want to ask u we can not applied 5.5 band for skilled visa
    After get visa we can join other English curse
    Pls have any solution
    Because I have got vetasess approval but my ielts score is listening 5.5
    Speaking 5.5 writing 5.5 reading 5

  25. shashi


    I have completed Post graduation and have 3 years of IT Experiance., i am preparing for IELTS., what is the Score required to apply for Australia PR Visa


  26. Archana


    I got my IELTs results today , I scored 6.5 overall score. And I have done BE in computer engineering – 2007 and have 6 yrs and 3 months of IT experience . and My Age is 28 yrs. I want to know that am I eligible for Australian PR or i need to appear for IELTS again to score 7 ?

  27. Sha

    Dear Sir / Madam,
    I am a Software Developer. I have already passed the skill sets for Australian Immigration. I am preparing for IELTS exam and i am going to write on July. My question is, “is it mandatory to obtain 7 bands in each module for australian immigration?”. Please let me know

  28. vaishnavi

    I am planning to take up my IELTS exam to migrate to australia… shall i take academic training test or i should take general for work visa???

    thanks in advance…..

    1. sanam

      Dear Vaishnavi,

      IELTS module depends up on the occupation.
      Kindly send us your profile at sanam@abhinav.com and we shall guide you further.

  29. Shivendra Choudhary

    I got
    OVERALL- 6.5 bands in I.E.L.T.S.
    My question is that, how many bands are required for the Permanent Citizenship of Australia?

    Thank you.

    1. sanam

      Dear Shivendra,

      Please note that minimum 6 in each component is a must requirement.
      However, to claim points for language one should have 7 in each component.

  30. vidhya


    My husband got a U 457 visa to work in australia.I am working as a software engineer with 4 years of experience.I will be migrating with my husband on dependent visa.Am i eligble to work in australia?If yes do i need to write ielts exam?how much do i need to score?

    Please advise me on this.

  31. dinesh prakash pal

    dear sir/madam i have done refrigeration n air conditioning .also done ilets n got 7 in listening,5 in reading,6 in writing,6 in speaking.i want to know do i qualify for pr for Australia

    1. sanam

      Dear Dinesh,

      Please note that minimum 6 in each component is a must requirement.

      1. dinesh prakash pal

        dear madam can i go to australia and do my english test because i have done 3 times and i failed in fiji.

  32. Hardik Shah


    I have recently got the result for IELTS as below

    R- 7
    L -6
    S- 5.5
    W – 5.5
    On Average – 6.

    I have done B.E computer Eng. and 6 + years of experience in Software development.
    Age – 32 running
    should i eligible for apply PR 189/190 or any or any how need to get at least 6 in each ?

    Please reply.

    1. sanam

      Dear Hardik,

      Please note that minimum 6 in each component is a must requirement.

      1. Hardik Shah

        thanks for the response… so in cascade another query.. my wife has overall education from non-English stream so do she also require to give IELTS or not require if i am scoring enough 65 points .

        1. sanam

          IELTS is required for spouse as well.

          1. priya

            Hi Sanam,

            my husband is plannign to migrate to australia. As you have mentioned dependent should also take IELTS can you please let me know if we need to score 6 in each component for dependent or overall 6 is sufficicent?

            my current IELTS score is L – 7.5, W-5.5, R-7, S-6.5 and overall – 6.5

  33. madhanraj

    Hi sir,
    I have applied skilled immigration visa 489.i have got in ielts speaking-6,listening-5.5,reading-6,writing5.5.is that enough band?

    1. sanam


      Please note that minimum 6 in each component is a must requirement.

  34. Mohan Kumar

    Dear Sir,
    I am getting 61 points when checking in the site, so should i attend the IELTS exam?. If yes, how many marks should i get or what band is enough to get the Australia PR.

    1. sanam

      Dear Mohan,

      Yes, you need to appear for IELTS..if you are scoring 60 points without language skills 6 in each component shall work.

  35. Jaspal Singh

    Dear all,

    Please clarify me required general IELTS score for work in Aus & NZ .

    please email me


    1. Shaikh Shabbir Ahmed

      Hello Sir/Madam,

      I have completed my B.com, and I have 7 years of experience in accounting filed, I am 30 years, I want to do job in Australia, so I must write ielts fot this, so I want to know Is shall i write ielts in genreal and how many bands i requred for immigration for Australias.

      kidly guide me as early as you read it

      Thanking you

      1. sanam

        For Accountants Academic IELTS is required.

  36. Malliga

    Hi i am staff nurse. i want to go to austalia on PR basis . my experiance is about 9 years. age is 32.how much points have required. how much band in ilets i have required.

  37. Pratap

    I want know how long is Ielts valid for? I had given my ielts in 2012 how long does it valid for as I’ve heard it is valid for 3 years.

  38. sukhwinder kaur

    Dear Sir/Mam,
    I am writing this email to know more about the PR of Australia from India. My sister is teacher and want to come in Aus. so what is the band requirement and the how much experience is needed?
    Can you please reply with the fee and procedure also.
    I will be thankful to you.
    Your’s faithfully,

    1. sanam

      Dear Sukhwinder,

      Kindly mail us your details at sanam@abhinav.com and we shall guide you further.

  39. adish

    i completed my b.tech in textile plant engineering.. i have 2 years of experiences in textile field.. so i just to know i am eligible to apply for australias PRvisa

    1. sanam

      Dear Adish,

      Please write us at contact@abhinav.com with your detailed resume for appropriate advice on Immigration.


    dear mam/sir,
    i am chemist. i want to go to austalia on PR basis . my experiance is about 5 years. age is 29. how much points have required. how much band in ilets i have required.

    1. sanam

      Dear Rahul,

      Kindly mail us your details at sanam@abhinav.com and we shall guide you further.

  41. Barath Chellayya

    I I completd diploma in Civil Engineering and got 12 years of experience and I am 32 years. I got IELTS R-8, L-7.5, S-6 W-6. I want to known Is I am eligible to apply for Australias PR visa

    1. sanam

      Dear Barath,

      As per the details mentioned you may look at State Sponsorship.
      We request you to kindly send us your detailed resume at sanam@abhinav.com for an appropriate advice on Immigration.

    2. vinod

      Dear sir
      i competed B.Tech in civil engineering and got 3 years experience ,i am 24 years old, please suggest me how to prepare for IELTS
      Can you please reply me
      I will be thankful to you.
      Your’s faithfully,
      R vinodkumar reddy

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