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.

Age

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

Qualifications

  • 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

Partners:

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!

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  • chitransh July 26, 2016, 9:43 pm | Link

    I contact you once but didnt replied now please reply..if i got 60 points and i am on a student visa now what are the options for me and what can i do

    • BobinOz July 27, 2016, 4:08 pm | Link

      Of course I didn’t reply, please read the above article in full, including those special notices, and you will understand why.

  • Haya July 21, 2016, 4:38 am | Link

    Hi Bob,
    Great work!!! tons of info. Have never seen a place like this detailing the Australian immigration process and everything about Australia from an independent view.

    I have a question about the skill assessment and job title. I have an overall work experience of 12 yrs of which first 8 yrs with one designation and rest 4 yrs with a different designation (of course the responsibilities and nature of job is also a bit different but in the same sector). So I assume I can not consider myself as person with 12 yrs as part of the skill assessment process. In case if could pass the assessment with my 4 yrs exp against a job title matching from the SOL and if finally I have a PR via 189, would I be able to choose any job after landing Australia or I will have to search a job which is exactly same as the job title which I applied during skill assessment?

    Than you

    • BobinOz July 21, 2016, 8:19 pm | Link

      I wish I could help you, but I can’t. These are questions for a MARA registered migration agent, please read my important notices above at the foot of the article.

  • TB July 13, 2016, 7:44 pm | Link

    Great efforts and detailed info for all immigration candidates. Thanks!
    I have a simple question and I have been looking up on different websites for an answer but could not find it though!
    Have there been any changes to the point-based visa system with respect to the required point threshold during the last review cycle in June/July 2016?
    I am quite confident I can guarantee 60 for sub class 189 and need to know if this score could get me through or not.

    • BobinOz July 15, 2016, 4:50 pm | Link

      Hi TB, good question.

      I’ve just finished speaking to my MARA migration agent about this, he tells me there have been no significant changes to the points based visa system or the threshold for this new year commencing 1 July 2016.

      So all the information above is still correct and accurate. Whether or not 60 points will be good enough for you, I really couldn’t tell you.

      Good luck though, Bob

  • Omar Ortiz July 9, 2016, 6:35 am | Link

    Hi, I have a doubt about the equivalent of a Bachelor Degree and Australian Diploma or trade qualification. Could you please establish some kind of relation between them and, say, engineering degree or masters degree? Thanks in advance!
    Have a good day!

  • Vairav July 8, 2016, 1:41 am | Link

    Thanks for your valuable information i am trying to get pr in Australia .. right now i have one doubt how about work experience calculation are they expecting overseas experience rather than native country ??

  • Kuldeep Kaur July 6, 2016, 11:22 pm | Link

    Hello sir, myself Kuldeep Kaur . Qualifications – B.sc Nursing and 1 year experience still working . No gap till now . My brother in Australia he is studying . I want to go on. PR visa. Please help me how I will proceed to attain mine Aim.

  • Vikas Singh July 6, 2016, 2:48 am | Link

    Hi
    I am Vikas Singh from Delhi India. I did MBA Finance and having 2+years of experience as Assistant Accounts Officer. Now i want to migrate in Australia can u please let me know what are my chances for getting Australian PR under skilled Visa.

  • Vinay reddy July 3, 2016, 5:03 am | Link

    Hello sir, i am little bit confused in what type of a visa to apply and how to apply. I have a great passion coming to australia and work overthere. My current age is 24 years, i hold an experience in United health group company(health care) for 2 1/2 years as on today. I am married and my wife also completed her batchelor’s degree and holding an experience of 4 years in IT industry. My IELTS score is 6 each. Kindly suggest how to apply for a PR and what type of a visa to be applied. I will be very thankful to you…!

  • Ashish June 24, 2016, 3:59 am | Link

    Hello sir,
    My name is Ashish. My Ielts score is 6 each and having an exp of More than 5 years. I have Sent my documents for vettassess in April last week and still I’m waiting for the response. please let me know how much time it will take to get the complete assessment. If I got my result after July then do I need to wait for next year or states could be open after intervals??

  • Qasim June 23, 2016, 1:07 pm | Link

    Great info. Thanks

  • Elbert Paul Fuerte June 23, 2016, 6:03 am | Link

    I would say that this is the best guide I have ever read online. I have been in Melbourne last month and I love going to place. Now I am considering to migrate in Australia through the skilled visa. Thanks for sharing!

    • BobinOz June 24, 2016, 1:07 am | Link

      Thank you, I very much appreciate your comment. Made my day 🙂

  • vishal June 21, 2016, 10:47 pm | Link

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  • vishal June 21, 2016, 10:45 pm | Link

    I had done three years diploma in electrical engineering and currently working as a junior engineer in Government department since 2007 . my wife had done masters in commerce and BEd(regular) , with MBA finance (part time) having three years experience as a commerce teacher . we are interested for australian PR .

  • chitransh June 21, 2016, 4:33 pm | Link

    i score only 60 points i am on student visa so what should i do next to get pr in australia

  • anu bahl June 16, 2016, 8:06 pm | Link

    Hello sir I am from delhi ( india) I have done m.a english , b.ed, m.ed and pgdca .pls tell me is I am eligible to get australia pr I am 33 years old and have 3 years teaching experience

  • Syed Muhammad Shoaib June 15, 2016, 5:29 pm | Link

    I am from Pakistan. Have 60 points with 6.5 bands ielts score. Can I have a chance of getting Australian Immigration.

  • Ravneet kaur June 15, 2016, 3:35 am | Link

    Hi , i have 6 years of indian nursing experinece and i have also got Australain nursing registration. I have applied for anmac assessment. I just want to know about how many points i need to apply for independent 189 skilled category visa. I will lodge my EOI in july 2016 probably, so how many points would i need then

    • Shubham June 24, 2016, 1:22 am | Link

      Dear friend i am also looking for pr in Australia i have 3 year experience m mechanical engg

  • Anees June 14, 2016, 9:20 pm | Link

    Hi,

    Please advise me, I am 32y, MBA and CPA-from Pakistan , with over seas experience 5years.
    Currently hold Internal Audit position from last 18months. Yest IELTS not finish how much points i have now.
    Thanks
    Anees

  • Anees June 14, 2016, 9:18 pm | Link

    Hi,

    Please advise me, I am 32y, MBA and CPA-from Pakistan , with over seas experience 5years.
    Currently hold Internal Audit position from last 18monts. Yest IELTS not finish how much points i have now.
    Thanks
    Anees

  • Mayuri June 14, 2016, 1:44 pm | Link

    Hi,
    I am Mayuri Mody and I am from India.
    I have over 6years of teaching experience as a Primary Teacher with a Diploma and Bachelors in Education.
    Currently,I am in Melbourne and pursuing Master of Education from La Trobe University.I am here since 3monthd and I have my husband with me as my dependent and he is an Electronics and Telecommunications Engineer by profession.
    We were wondering as to whom out of us should be more better to apply for a PR visa.I am currently on Student Visa for 2years as I am doing my Masters.
    Can we still show an interest for a PR Visa?

  • karade kiran June 13, 2016, 7:53 am | Link

    I am from india and working in bsnl as an architect my age is 57 years my both children are citizen of australia i want to work in austalia how i can

    • bajrangi July 14, 2016, 3:50 pm | Link

      why don’t you ask your children?

      • sattu July 27, 2016, 2:12 pm | Link

        That’s absolutely correct

  • Lalit June 8, 2016, 7:54 pm | Link

    I am from India , age 40 yrs 2 months, edu is bechular of Technlogy civil engineering , exp 10 yrs, PTE score 6 each and 57 overall , my assessment from vettasses is positive for civil engineer technician (312212), please tell me what r my chances for this for immigration my brother is also citizen in Brisbane , plz guide me , if how can I get extra points. pllllllllzzzzz sir

    • Kalaiarasan June 9, 2016, 2:20 am | Link

      Hi Lalit,

      Congratulations on the positive skill assessment result

      Can you update what kind of supporting documents you provided for skill assessment in VETASSESS, I am looking forward for submitting very soon…..

  • Mahesh patel June 4, 2016, 3:10 am | Link

    I have done BSC nursing and have 3 year experience in medical line I won’t to PR in astrelia so guide for me ?

  • Elango June 2, 2016, 4:46 pm | Link

    My age is 51 yrs and could I apply for a work visa in Australia and could u provide me to obtain a work visa in field of Sales and Marketing (31 yrs exp)

  • Boni Patel May 28, 2016, 6:38 pm | Link

    I have done Diploma Computer Engineering and 4.5 years of experience in Same Filed. let me know I am Eligible or not

  • Prava CHUDAL May 26, 2016, 7:40 pm | Link

    Hello, i am a RN back to overseas with work experience and studying Bachleor of Nursing in SA.. can i apply for skilled visa as a RN if i am already in Australia for study? could you please clearify it to me? Many thanks!

    • Sanju June 27, 2016, 10:55 am | Link

      Hello Prava,
      To apply for skilled visa with overseas qualification and experience, first u need to assess through APHRA.

  • Bhatta May 25, 2016, 3:46 pm | Link

    i have only 2 years of work experience and i am civil engineer…
    i allocate nearly 60 points do i have a surety of getting PR

    • Joe May 26, 2016, 3:34 am | Link

      You need 60 points to apply for a points based visa. This does not ensure that you will get the bisa either.

  • Vikas Kumar Rajput May 24, 2016, 10:47 pm | Link

    I want apply for PR Visa of Australia

    Thanks
    Vikas
    +91 9319300506

  • Roop May 21, 2016, 6:57 pm | Link

    Hi
    I am able to get 55 points but my ovearseas RN experience is 2 years and 11 months i am lacking only 5 points … What can i do??

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