Points Calculator for Australian Immigration

If you are looking to move to Australia and work here on a skilled visa under the General Skilled Migration (GSM) program, you will need to first qualify for your visa.

There are points based visas (Skilled Independent, Skilled Nominated or Skilled Regional) and also temporary and permanent non-points based (sponsored) visas available, but if you wish to apply for a points based visa you will need enough points to receive an invitation to lodge an application.

Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) operate a points system and if you want to know if you have a chance of qualifying for one of these points based visas, you will need to see how many points you might get.

Points calculatorThere are lots of points calculators to be found on the Internet and some are quite whizzy. You know, answer some questions selecting your answers from the drop-down menus and all of a sudden, your points total appears at the foot of the page.

No such technology here, but not many of those websites will tell you this…

Australia opens its doors mainly to young, intelligent, skilled and qualified people, people with good English language skills, people that can offer something to Australia. It is a very selective process.

For older people, people without skills, people who do not speak good English, the answer is almost certainly “No”.

That is a very cold and hard view of how the system works, but it is probably a true reflection of how it is for the vast majority of people looking to move to Australia. That said, there are over 130 different types of visas and there will be, as there always have been in the past, exceptions to the above rules.

The list of exceptions is probably quite long, from refugees to the extremely rich. But for the vast majority, it’s all about age, qualifications, skills, understanding of the English language and very often, points.

It can be very difficult working out whether you are in a position to lodge an application or not and if you need professional assistance, do check out my Visa Assessment Service.

Points Calculator

So, grab yourself a low tech pen and an even lower tech scrap of paper and work out how many points you might get right now.


First, you get points for your age:

The basic requirement is that you are under the age of 50, but if you are…

  • Age 45 – 49 you can apply but you get 0 points for your age.
  • Age 40 – 44 = 15 points
  • Age 33 – 39 = 25 points
  • Age 25 – 32 = 30 points
  • Age 18 – 24 = 25 points

Update: Some people are unsure about how many points they get for their age, it’s very simple. Example; somebody who is 39 years and 11 months old still falls into the 33 – 39 years category. Only when they turn 40 do they go into the 40 to 44 category.

Command of the English language:

  • Superior       = 20 points
  • Proficient     = 10 points
  • Competent   =  0 points

Your English language skills are assessed using the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test. There are four parts to this test, speaking, reading, listening and writing. To be superior, you will need to score a minimum of 8 for each. To be proficient, you need to score at least 7 for each part and to be competent you need to score 6 as a minimum for each of the four.

If you hold a passport from the UK, the USA, Ireland, Canada or New Zealand, you automatically qualify as competent, but that still gives you zero points. If you need more points, you will need to sit the test. For other passport holders, even though competent doesn’t score you any points, you still need to take the test toprove your competency to continue.

Please be aware that there are two types of IELTS test; the General test and the Academic test. The general IELTS is the standard English test, and the Academic is required by certain academic or medical/specialist occupations. The test that you take largely depends on what is required by the kind of work that you do and/or the requirement of potential sponsors.

Your skill

To apply for a Skilled Independent visa you do not require sponsorship, but your occupation must be on the Skilled Occupations List (SOL).

To apply for a Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa your skill also has to be on the SOL mentioned above and you need to be sponsored by an Australian relative who lives in a designated area, or your job needs to be on the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) AND the respective state and territory shortage lists and you need to be nominated by a  state or territory government. In either of these two situations you will score an extra 10 points (regional earns higher points).

To apply for a Skilled Nominated visa you will need nomination by a state or territory government and your skill must be on CSOL AND the above-mentioned State/Territory Nominated Skilled list. This will score you an additional 5 points.

Often State and territory lists have special requirements including higher English , minimum work experience, job offers etc which you must meet before they will nominate.

Work experience in your nominated skill:

You can get extra points depending upon how much time you have spent being employed in your nominated skill. How many years experience do you have out of the last 10 years in your nominated occupation? This can sometimes include work in a closely related occupation.

If your work experience is from overseas…

  • Three years =  5 points
  • Five years    = 10 points
  • Eight years  = 15 points

But you will get more points for work experience gained in Australia in your nominated occupation…

  • One year      =   5 points
  • Three years = 10 points
  • Five years    = 15 points
  • Eight years  = 20 points


  • Doctorate degree = 20 points
  • Bachelor degree   = 15 points
  • Australian Diploma or trade qualification = 10 points
  • A successful authorised skills assessment in a recognised qualification = 10 points

Extra points

There are several ways to earn extra points:

  • Studying a course in Australia that meets certain requirements = 5 points
  • By meeting the Australian Study Requirement (above) while studying in a regional area = 5 points
  • NAATI accreditation = 5 points
  • By completing a Professional Year course specified by the Minister = 5 points
  • If your partner meets the basic requirements for a skilled migration visa = 5 points


Having spoken to my MARA agent, I can now clear up the following.

A partner can assist with 5 points if they:

  • were under 50 years of age at the time of the application;
  • had at least competent English (prescribed passport holder or 6 in all 4 IELTS modules);
  • had nominated an occupation on the same skilled occupation list as the main applicant’s nominated occupation (can’t mix and match with SOL and CSOL);
  • have been assessed by the relevant assessing authority as having suitable skills for the nominated occupation (formal assessment).

How many points do you need?

The current qualifying point score to receive an invitation to lodge an application is 60.

If you have lodged an Expression of Interest ( EOI) in any of the points based skilled visas, then you will need a minimum 60 points to receive an invitation, but invitations are issued to the highest scoring EOIs so the qualification score may not guarantee success.

This is a statement I have had verified through official channels:

“The current qualifying point score is 60. If you are applying for a Skilled Independent visa, then you will need a minimum 60 points to do so, but invitations are issued to the highest score.

If you are applying for a Skilled Nominated visa, then you still need 60 points but you will be allocated the 5 ‘nomination‘ points by selecting that nominated visa sub-class so you will meet the minimum 60 points upon lodgement of the EOI.

When you apply for the state sponsorship (which must be approved by the state government or territory) you must include your EOI reference. When the state nomination is approved, the nomination points will be confirmed on the system and the invitation will be issued by DIBP automatically.

If you are applying for a Skilled Nominated visa or Skilled Regional visa, then you must ensure that the score you will achieve, once the nomination is approved (and the points confirmed) meets at least the qualifying score of 60 points. Beware of (usually) age changes which may decrease your points score after lodgement of your EOI as this will mean your score will not meet the qualifying score or you will not be able to support the age points when the application is assessed.

Getting the required number of points does not guarantee you an invitation as it depends upon availability of spaces within the selected ANZSCO occupation quota (ceiling) and also how competitive your score is. Invitations are issued to those with the highest score. Once an invitation has been issued, you will then have 60 days to lodge a visa application based upon your EOI submission (amended where required).”

 If you want the full details you can get them directly by visiting border.gov.au

What if you don’t get enough points?

It’s not always over if you don’t get enough points, there’s often things you can do to improve your tally. Just about the only thing you cannot change is your age, but you could, for example, try and improve your IELTS score, wait until you have a few more years experience or maybe come here to Australia to study.

It is important to also understand that there are many visa types, including skill-based visas that are not points-based, but instead are based on employment sponsorship and also partner visas and parent visas. So if you don’t score enough points, there may be other pathways you can go down.

Want to know exactly how many points you have?

Not only exactly how many points you have, but whether you have a realistic chance of lodging a successful visa application or not. I know this process can be very confusing, I know it can be very difficult to work out how many points your qualifications are worth, how many points you might get for your work experience, whether your skill is on one of the skills lists, none of these things are straight forward.

That’s why I have a MARA registered migration agent working with me on this website who can help you, you’ll be surprised at just how much information you will receive through my…

Visa Assessment Service.

Please DO NOT ask me to calculate your points

Update November 2013

Please read before commenting below:

Many people are asking me how many points they get for their work experience, education, qualifications and even age. This points calculator is a guide only, how many points you actually get can often take a good deal of thorough investigation.

Where did you get your qualifications? Are your qualifications recognised here? Has your work experience been relevant? Do you have any work experience in a closely related environment?

The complications are too numerous to mention.

So it is impossible for me to calculate how many points any of you might be getting no matter how much information you give me.

Up until now I have tried to answer people with these questions, if you look at the answers I have given you will see how difficult or impossible that has been.

Only the questions about age, and maybe IELTS, have straightforward answers. By the way, if you’re not sure how many points you get for your age, please see my answers to those with the same questions below.

More useful links…

All About Visas for Australian Migration
Australian Visas and Expression Of Interest (EOI): Caution!

Important: Please read before commenting…

And for those looking for professional assistance…

It's good to share...Share on Facebook401Tweet about this on Twitter15Share on Google+20Share on Reddit0Pin on Pinterest0Share on StumbleUpon0
Open a bank account in Australia
{ 1162 comments… add one }
  • mustufa qureshi March 12, 2017, 6:16 am | Link

    Hi…im mustufa im 10 pass and i have done welder iti 1.5 year and 1 year apprentice ship and i have 7 year exp…and im not give.ielts exam .and i m interested to put file Australia pr…..so wht i do i have dream Australia. …

  • Parul March 9, 2017, 2:29 am | Link

    Hi, my brother applied For PR of Australia. He gave ielts and other PPE exam also many times but didn’t score as required. He has been to Australia for giving interviews but companies are saying without PR we won’t entertain you. He applied for a exam many many times. He couldn’t make it. Please advise the best possible solution.

    • Kartik March 26, 2017, 12:55 am | Link

      Hi mate,

      Are u writing ielts in India. Mail me I have some options for u.

  • Yuzhen March 7, 2017, 1:46 am | Link


    My husband (US citizen)and I (Chinese citizen, US permanent resident) are looking at options to move to Australia. We are 28 and 30, both have about 5 years of professional work experience, he has a bachelor’s degree and I am finishing up my Ph.D. within the year. We want to use a MARA agent to help us with the move, but feel unsure about the employment situation once we move. Ideally, we’d like to have jobs lined up before moving, is that something a professional consultant can help us with?

    Thank you for your reply!

    • Mark March 7, 2017, 8:08 am | Link

      Yes of course they would however you’d be quite capable of it yourselves…I agree the MARA agent makes sense but finding a job using a job agent ???…You may put off prospective employers if they find a fee involved and likely there will be. Get your résumé CV changed to Aussie style and apply for jobs yourself, many have done so many been successful using skype interviews.

      • BobinOz March 7, 2017, 8:23 pm | Link

        As Mark has said, a MARA agent will help you with the visa, but you would need a recruitment agent to help you find a job. Personally I don’t think anybody can really help someone else get a job, and anybody suggesting that they can is probably just after your money.

        At the end of the day, it’s you that has to go to the interview and impress the employer, nobody else can do that for you. My page Getting a Job or a Sponsorship might help you further.

  • Gurpreet Singh February 12, 2017, 2:21 am | Link

    I am a civil engineer. I have 13. 8 year experience in construction. Mu qualification is 3 year diploma in civil engineering. I am looking for Australia PR.
    Gurpreet Singh

  • Aleks February 11, 2017, 8:13 pm | Link

    Hi There,
    It would be also nice if you could add dates underneath each post – when the content has been updated. The issue here is that Visa Requirements change so often that it’s hard to distinguish whether your info is valid or if it needs to be double checked 🙂 🙂

    Nice blog though! 🙂
    All of Best

    • BobinOz February 12, 2017, 8:42 pm | Link

      Well, being as you asked, I have pages AND posts, the posts are all dated, the pages are not. However, I do update the pages if I notice that anything is out of date. The posts are also sometimes updated, but they are more like a diary thing, a true blog.

      This page, the points calculation, is up-to-date and still valid.

  • Thway February 7, 2017, 6:24 pm | Link

    can i apply for any visa ? i worried about my age . 43 years old . i want to move to Austrilla with my family .Please reply me . thanks .

  • Ankita February 7, 2017, 11:27 am | Link

    My husband is applying for Australian PR, he is from Mechanical background so he didn’t score much from ECS and now he gave PTE but he is not confident in that also.
    What we can do to get the remaining points, if he didn’t score the points needed from PTE.
    Please advice.

  • Manny February 5, 2017, 11:04 am | Link

    Would like to apply for Australian PR. Currently working in Bangalore as S/W architect. In past I was working in US on a H1B visa for more than 4 years.

  • Sahaj Patel February 5, 2017, 1:20 am | Link

    Hello. I am 31 years old. My total working experience is 7 years. And I want to go Australia for PR visa. So, how many ielts band require for me? Pls suggest me? And can I get it PR visa in Australia?

    • Jo February 5, 2017, 5:27 am | Link

      The information on the following page of the ‘Australian Government Depeartment of Immigration & Protection’ website will hopefully help to answer your question (I beileve there is also clear information about this available to read on the BobInOz website too, which will hopefully help you to easily find much of the information you require):

    • Ram February 5, 2017, 5:47 am | Link

      Hi bro its must to take ielts with min score 6 in all modules either in General or Academic

  • RAKESH January 31, 2017, 12:02 pm | Link


    My query is i have 9 years exp telecom and my qualification computer science different from My job profile

    can i loose any points

  • Farhan Ivan January 30, 2017, 9:04 pm | Link

    Hey admin.. I have gained 70 points according to my assessment… so let me inform what will be next procedure.

  • Key January 29, 2017, 9:39 am | Link

    Hey do you know how many marks need to get pr for doing accounting?

  • Feby January 28, 2017, 3:52 pm | Link

    I have graduated from Uk(MSc), so my query is Do I get extra point for this while my skilled assessment process?

  • Daniel January 23, 2017, 3:37 am | Link


    I got ielts test results :
    listening 6.0
    writing 5.5
    reading 6.0
    speaking 6.5

    Can I apply for 489 skilled visa ?

    • Chamstheman January 23, 2017, 9:11 am | Link

      Sorry Daniel, you need to have achieved at least Competent English (band score 6.0) in all four test. You will need to retake IELTS. Good luck!

  • Okafor Ukamaka Dorathy January 19, 2017, 6:40 am | Link

    Hi. I would like to know if a dependant(brother) who is aged 28years can qualify to be a dependant on me.

  • Hossam January 2, 2017, 11:17 pm | Link

    I claim 55 point in Australian migration due to the age(30), English competence(10) , and the qualification(5), and i have never been in Australia before, i need further 5 points somehow, but unfortunately i dont have sufficient work experience to apply for a nomination , and i am also not ready to set to NAATI exam because it`s difficult for me , by the way my brother lives in Perth now , could you help me and advise me about how can i get extra 5 points according to my case
    many thanks in advance

    • Boo Ty January 19, 2017, 1:58 pm | Link

      that’s only 45 points, you can aim for higher English points, that would give a total of 55, if your brother is PR or citizen he can gain you the rest of the points providing you live in the same state (I think)

  • deepika December 18, 2016, 12:01 am | Link

    I got 60 points please let me know the process

    • jeewan sapkota December 24, 2016, 1:50 pm | Link

      please update me about this site

  • Faizan December 10, 2016, 2:05 pm | Link

    hello, i will be applying for PR in Australia during my masters studeies. I have 3 years audit firm experience but my graduation completed when i already had worked for 2.2years. i want to ask whether my experience will be counted for 5 points in PR or not? DO they need post qualification experience?

  • Chun Kiu Wong November 3, 2016, 7:08 pm | Link

    Hello, My name is Chun Kiu Wong, and I have been studying in Adelaide about 10 year now, I have start studying from high school, and I still in student visa, I want to see is there have any way I can get PR or any visa, so I can stay in Adelaide for long time, because I have find a job and I have been working with them for long time, I want to find to way to stay in Adelaide.


    Chun Kiu Wong

  • Sarah Restoink October 16, 2016, 4:02 pm | Link

    Fantastic comments . BTW if others are searching for a AU Form 80 , my business filled a sample document here https://goo.gl/tqFsJt

Leave a Comment

If your comment doesn’t get answered, find out why…..
FAQs and Comment Policy.