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.

835 comments

  • Drashti Thaker

    Hello sir ,

    I need guidance about ielts band. I need to know that m age of 33 ..how many bands i need to score for PR in Australia

  • manpreet kaur

    hlo
    sir/mam

    I got overall 5.5 bands in ielts each so. 5.5
    R.6 L.5.5 w.5.5 and I completed my graduation in 2015 in b.schi (it) with 62% and +2 in commerce stream with 70%so I can apply for australia visa pls reply me fast

  • Parminder Singh

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  • Shy

    Hi! Good evening!

    My name is Shyluck and i’m planning to migrate in Australia. I’m a graduate of BS. Industrial Engineering since 2011 and with a total of more than four years of experience. I would like to know the IELTS band score that i need prior submitting my requirement.

    Looking forward to hear from you.

    Best regards,

    • Immigration Experts

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  • Hello sir ,i scored overall 6 bands in IELTS with 6 in speaking,6.5 in writing,6.5 in listening and 5.5 in reading ..so can i apply for pr in Australia

  • Sagun Shrestha

    Hi,

    I have completed my Bachelor of Information Technology(BIT) – 4 years and have been working as a System Engineer in IT company of Nepal for more than 3 years. Also i have scored 6.5 in general training of ielts not less than 6 in each band. Am i eligible to apply for the PR or working visa for Australia ? Your response will highly appreciable.
    Looking forward hearing from you soon.

    Thank you

    • Immigration Experts

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  • Satbir singh

    Dear Sir/madam,
    i have diploma in civil engineering with six years full time work experience in construction field.i want to apply for Australia PR .Please advice me either i am eligible or not and i got 6 bands in ielts exam

  • Namratha

    Hello,

    I have around 9 years experience in IT working as a developer and now a technical writer.
    I want to apply for PR to Australia. Can you tell me should which exam is better for me to take-iltes and PTE exams or anyone would be enough?

  • Naina

    hello sir ,
    i am form india. i have done M.C.A (Masters in Computer Application) in 2013 and i am having 3 years experience as a Web developer ,i have done ielts(general) with 6.0 bands overall( 6.5 L ,5.5 R ,6.0 w, 6.5 s) ,i want to apply for Australia PR and i want ask that, is ielts Acedamic is valid for PR program in australia ?? and is PTE is valid for IT proffessionals who come under ACS ???????

  • Hello sir Iam from Sangrurn PB.I have 18 year exp.in fitter job now I am working in Cadbury India ltd. in Baddi (HP) I want to PR in Australia. pl. tell me requried documents.

  • hi,

    I am Sreeram. Bommi i have done Master of Accounting from Sydney , Australia in the year 2008. On personal reasons i came back to my home country India in March 2009 . After that i am working as Senior Accounts Executive in different organizations. I am having 6+ years experience in Accounting Field and still i working in the same Field.

    Kindly let me know if i want to migrate to Australia, Whether i need to write Academic or General IELTS . And what is the required Band Score in each module.

    Please do let me know at the earliest. So can start preparing for respective module.
    Thanks & Regards
    sreeram

  • Randeep Kumar

    Hello Sir
    I have completed the Diploma Of Bakery & Confectionary with 8years experience in Hospitality
    And I got 5.5 band in academic IELTS I want to get the SIR Visa Can I also apply & whats the procedure

  • mandeep

    Hi sir, i am from india i had done bsc nursing and three year experience in hospital without any gap can u tell me how many bands are required to apply for job in australia

  • Nisha

    Hello sir/mam
    I have done MBA in finance and I have 4 years experience as a accountant and now I want to apply for PR visa. Could u please tell that in which Country can I apply for direct PR and how much bands are required

  • Yogesh

    Hi sir, I hv done M.Sc. in Industrial chemistry. N I got 10 years of experience in pharmaceutical R&D.. How much score is required for me for PR in Australia?

    • Immigration Experts

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  • Anthony

    Hi please help me I scored ielts l:6.5;R:6.5;S;7;W-7, overall 7 can I apply for migration but CPA needs assessment all 7 in each component are there any exceptions..please help I’m struggling..

    • Immigration Experts

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  • Harvinder Singh

    Sir, i am having 7+ yrs of experience as mechanical design engineer, completed my B.tech mechanical in 2008. My General IELTS score is 7.5(L8.5, R8.0, W6.5, S6.5). I am married and having a child of 1yr. I want to apply for PR in Australia, please suggest…do i need to reappear for IELTS, if yes, for which module General or Academic…What will be the processing time????

  • Surendar

    Hi Sir,

    I want to apply for Skilled Independent Subclass 189 or Skilled Nominated Subclass 190, i got average of 5 band in IELTS and i am having 8years of experience in IT. would there a chance of applying PR visa with 5 band?? if so please let me know the assessment process.

  • nida

    Hello sir I ec diploma student I am complete my study since 2012 I have within 3 year experience in my fild what bAnd score is required for s.I.r. Visa for Australia plzz give me ans positivy sir

  • L.K.SANDEEP KUMAR

    HELLO Sir/Madam,

    Iam a Graduate indian my sister she is PR of australia , Is she can sponsor PR for me and what should i do for applying PR.

  • Gagan

    hello sir/madam
    i have completed my +2 in 2011 with 60%
    then i have done my bachelors of hotel management in 2014 with 65% ..now i have 5 band’s in pte academic 38 score overall … can i eligible for Australia visa ?

  • Anuma

    Hello sir, I m B.Sc.B.Ed and have 3year experience in teaching and I’m planning to apply for Australia PR.Can u plz tell me it’s details like what things do I need for this purpose,how many bands , about my kids ,abt my spouse.Thanks in advance

  • RUPINDER kaur

    Hi sir my name is RUPINDER am living in nz last 6 year am PR in nz I have 2 kids so am apply to Australia pr

  • Rufi

    Hi Sir
    I m a teacher having 6+yrs experience nd M.A. Bed.I got L8.5 R7 W&S 6 and overall 7.My first blood relatives are the citizens of India.am I eligible for Australian PR?
    Plz help and reply.
    Thanks.

    • Immigration Experts

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      Thanks for your comment. Sure we will assist you but for that I need few of your details. Kindly send us updated resume of self and spouse(if married) at mustaqali@abhinav.com for further guidance.

  • Ajay kumar

    Dear sir, I have done 3 year diploma in mechanical engineering and I have 5 year experience so please suggest me how much I need to score in ielts

  • DEEPAK NARANG

    HELLOO SIR.
    I HVE GOT S 8.0 , R 8.0 , W 8.5 , L 8.5 BAND SCORE IN IELTS .
    I HVE DONE B.COM IN 2014
    now I i want to do study there and i want to confirm that is there any option for me by which i can direct apply for PR with study in australia plz reply me as soon as possible .

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  • Hisaan

    Hello sir I’m a undergraduate student of bs(IT) networking last semester I need to know about the whole process of immigration . What will be the very first step . Is there any points of my graduation ?

    • Immigration Experts

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  • Amarjit

    Dear Sir/Mam
    i have scored 5.5 in general ielts and also looking for migration to australia.
    i have uploaded my cv also plz inform me if their is another option to migrate to another countries too.
    thaxxx

  • Ramanjeet kaur

    Hello sir…i have done bca in 2010(regular). And mca in2014 (correspondes) and i have 5 year experience as vocational instructor.. My ielts score is S 5.5 r 5.0 l 6 w 6.5 gt module.., is there any possibility for apply ?

  • gagan

    Hello Sir i have a three years teaching experience & 3 years C.A. training experience,my qualification is M.com,U.G.C. net,C.A. I want to migrate Autralia,so pls help me in know how much i need to score in IELTS or PTE

  • ravinder

    I have done M.Sc(industrial chemistry) and i have got 52 in PTE.I have 2 year experience as a vocational lecturer.Am i eligible for canada or australia???

  • Navjot

    Hello sir,

    I an a post graduate in mathematics (2011) and b.ed(2015 )and working as a lecturer and secured 7 , 7, 7, 6 in ielts. .is there any possibility of applying a p.r for australia

    • Immigration Experts

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  • mar

    I am working as an accountant having more than 12 years of experience in Saudi Arabia. age is 36 years know and married my husband age is know 46yrs, my qualification is M. Com , I studied from LKG to PG through English medium , my brother is an Australian citizen and working as an accountant in Australian electric company. I am very much hesitant to write ielts .
    I just want to know how much the minimum score I need to apply for pr, and how much you wiil charge for the process.

  • Ramandeep Kaur

    Hlo sir I have done my b. Tech.. And got overall 6 band… Reading 6, listening 6, writing 6, but 5 in speaking can I apply for Australia with lecos with my spouse…..

  • avi gill

    Hi sir/mam
    I scored overall and each 5.5 bands. I have done b.sc(csc) and b.ed.can I apply to australia with elecos for masters .

  • Ramesh Babu

    Hello there,
    just got my ielts gen. scores, got 6 bands and 6.5 in speaking, am i eligible to apply for Aus PR

  • Chaithanya

    Hi I scored 7 overall in IELTS General . 7 in reading , writing , listening, but 6 in speaking. I’ve done masters in electronics and have 2.5 years of experience. To which country am I eligible to immigrate?

    • Immigration Experts

      Hello Chaithanya,

      Thanks for your valuable reply. First, you have to send your updated CV at mustaqali@abhinav.com, if you are eligible than our consular contact with you and give you the all details about Australia permanent residency.

  • karm

    I have done plumbing ITI and 4 year exp. I got 5:5 in ielts ( moreover I m doing BA in final year through distance eduction ) am I apkkh for canada or Australia for PR or work ( my blood relation in Australia )

  • Mahesh Reddy

    Respected sir/mdm
    I m mahesh reddy i have done ITI FITTER i m working in Toyota Kirloskar Motor in India i have 4yrs experience now I want to go australia for work so how much bands required can u suggest me?

  • jomsed hossain

    Hi
    dear sir
    I m a diploma in shipbuilding engineer, I have three years working experience. now I m working in Singapore in a shipbuilding company.I have no ielts credit.how can I proceed to apply for Australia gsm visa

    tnx

  • Chicku Elsa

    Respected sir/madam,

    I had done Bsc computer Science,after I had done COPA and private PGDCA and MSC computer science,Now I have got Ielts score 5.5. So, I have any chance for working in Australia.An also,is there any option for me by which I can apply for PR in Australia.

  • SANGITA

    dear sir/madam
    i am a staff nurse having 3 years experience.what is the band requirement for PR Australia for me?

    • Immigration Experts

      Thanks for your valuable reply. First, you have to send your updated CV at mustaqali@abhinav.com, if you are eligible than our consular contact with you and give you the all information about the Australia PR process.

  • Sumaira

    I am an early childhood educator and having masters in English literature. My work experience is 5 years. I did not achieve 6 band in each area..my band is over all 5.5 ,do I am eligible for skilled worker.

    • Immigration Experts

      Dear Sumaira,

      You need to reappear for Academic IELTS and score at least 8.0 in Speaking and Listening and a score of at least 7.0 in Reading and Writing to qualify for Australia.

  • haider

    hi i am spouse i want to know how much band i require in Ielts for AUSTRALIAN IMMIGRATION.

  • JAVED AHMAD

    How is the job market for automobile service for exp graduate engineer in Australia

  • fatima

    How many bands are required to apply for Australia????

  • mandeep kaur

    Respected sir/madam ,
    i had done bsc with math, eco. ,after that i had done pgdca and msc(it) .i have expericene of 4 years in IT .now i want to confirm that is there any option for me by which i can apply for PR in australia plz reply me as soon as possible .
    Thanks Sir.

  • Ateeque shaikh

    I am aautomobile technician i want to go Australia so what should I do for this process

  • vidya

    i am M.A B.ed working as an high school teacher in on of the corporate school in India now i am looking for Pr Australia for teaching. can you suggest me that I am eligible or not and what are the requirements. now i am preparing for ielts. should i go for general or academic module to satisfy the needs for application on skilled occupation list

  • Manyika

    Hi,

    What is the band score required for second applicant ?

    • Immigration Experts

      Hello Manyika,

      All over 4 bands is required for second applicant.

      • Hegde

        Hello sir am from Dubai Iti fitter I have 14 years work experience. I want to migrate Australia, can you please tell me how much ielts band score required.

        • Immigration Experts

          Minimum 6.5 ielts band score is required for Australia Immigration.

        • balbeer singh

          dear sir/madam
          i am a Indian chef I have 14 years work experience.about Indian food show i want to work in Australia i work also Dubai 6 year Hilton hotel and 7 year India and now i m working in Kuwait show sir what i do because i want to work in Australia restaurant chef

          • Immigration Experts

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