Point Requirement for Skilled Independent Permanent Visa for Australia

To receive skilled Independent Permanent Visa for Australia you need to be under the age of 45 and be able to score 65 points towards your Australia PR application process.  The following lists give a detailed account on which criterions points would be awarded.



  1. Nominated occupation
  2. Age
  3. English language proficiency
  4. Skilled employment
  5. Educational qualifications
  6. Australian qualifications
  7. Regional study
  8. Community language skills
  9. Spouse/partner skills and qualifications
  10. Professional year



Going forward we would be discussing how points are awarded for Skilled Independent Permanent Visa for Australia:






  1. For age applicants are awarded according to the age group in which they fall during the time of their application.
  2. The maximum points are awarded for applicants in the age group of 25-32.



Age Points
18-24 25
25-32 30
33-39 25
40-44 15
45-49 0




English language proficiency



  1. For English language proficiency applications are required to take an IELTS examination. You could also give an equivalent examination such as PTE.
  2. The minimum IELTS requirement is 6 bands.


IELTS score Points
Superior (IELTS score of 8 or more) 20
Proficient (IELTS score of 7 or more) 10
Competent (IELTS score of below 6 ) 0



 Skilled Employment



  1. Candidates are awarded employment experience in a skilled occupation in Australia or native country.
  2. Your experience must be in a nominated occupation in Australia Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List.
  3. You could earn points for skilled employment which should be in the last 10 years. Points are awarded for skilled employment gained within Australia and native country separately.
  4. Points in both the categories can be combining but total maximum points awarded are 20 points.


Length of skilled employment in Australia (in last 10 years) Points
1 year 5
3 years 10
5 years 15
8 years 20
Length of skilled employment outside Australia (in last 10 years Points
3 years 5
5 years 10
8 years 15





Educational qualifications




  1. For your educational qualification points are awarded based on your highest qualification.
  2. In case you have a master’s degree or a doctorate degree then you would be awarded for the higher degree that being the doctorate.
  3. You would have to ensure that to be awarded points your qualification matches the nominated occupation and is recognized as compared to Australian qualification.



Degree Points
Doctorate 20
Bachelor’s or Master’s degree 15
Australian Diploma or trade qualification 10
Award or qualification accepted by the assessing authority in assessment of the skilled occupation 10



Australian qualifications



  1. In case you have an Australian qualification from Australian educational institute then you can get 5 points for the same.
  2. Your qualification must have been earned during your prior stay in Australia.
  3. The duration of your course must have been for a minimum two years in length.


Australian Qualification Points
Any degree, diploma, or trade qualification obtained in Australia after at least 2 years of study 5




Regional study




  1. In case you have live lived and studies in a regional Australian area and you meet the two-year study requirement you could get another 5 points.



Regional Study qualification Points
Any degree, diploma, or trade qualification obtained  in Australia after at least 2 years of study in a regional Australia/low population growth metropolitan area 5





Community language skills




  1. Applicants can gain 5 points if they have interpreter level language skills in one of Australia’s designated community languages.



Community language skills Points
Recognized translator/interpreter level skills in a community language 5




Spouse/partner skills and qualifications



  1. If the applicant’s spouse is included on the visa application, and is not an Australian resident their skills can count towards the point’s total. You could get points for – age, English language proficiency, and nominated occupation.



Spouse/partner skills and qualifications Points
Spouse/partner meets basic requirements 5




Professional year



  1. Applicants also score 5 points if they have completed an approved Professional Year in Australia in the last 4 years. Your Australia immigration consultant would guide you for the same.



Professional year Points
Completed a professional year in Australia in the last 4 years 5





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