What score must be obtained?
Individuals interested in applying for skilled migration must achieve a score of at least 60.
When must the Skilled Migration Points Assessment be done?
The Skilled Migration Points Assessment should be completed prior to the expression of interest. It is your first step in the migration process.
Who should complete the Skilled Migration Points Assessment?
You have the option of completing one yourself, as there are some free online tools. Do be cognizant of the fact that this is the most important step of your emigration process, in essence the step that says immigration to Australia is, or is not, an option for you.
Professional help is available, but please note the following important points to ensure you only pay for help from the right experts:
- Only deal with licensed immigration agents. Intergate Emigration has a fully licensed agent – Katrin Maja Maehl. You can view her details on the official Migration Agents Authority website here. Unlicensed advisors do not offer you the security of being endorsed by the Australian Government and you are in essence dealing with an unregulated agent.
- Beware of ‘advisors’ outside of Australia with a DIBP Offshore ID. This looks very official and gives you a sense of security – but do not be fooled! Migration agents operating outside Australia do not have to be registered with the Office of the MARA. These unlicensed agents are issued with an identification number for administrative purposes only and it does not represent an endorsement of the agent by the Australian Government. This is easy to check, as such agents are not listed on the MARA website.
What the Skilled Migration Points Assessment covers
PART 1 – Age
|18 – 25||25|
|25 – 32||30|
|32 – 39||25|
|40 – 44||15|
|45 – 49||0|
|Superior English – IELTS 8 or more in all 4 components or OET ‘A pass’||20|
|Proficient English – IELTS 7 or more in all 4 components or OET ‘B pass’||10|
|Threshold English: Competent English (IELTS 6 or more in all 4 components or certain passport holders)||0|
PART 3 – Overseas employment experience
|36 months (3 years) in the last 10 years||5|
|60 months (5 years) in the last 10 years||10|
|96 months (8 years) in the last 10 years||15|
PART 4 – Australian employment experience
Points are available if an applicant has worked in Australia in their nominated occupation or closely related skilled occupation as follows:
|12 months (1 year) in the last 10 years.||5|
|36 months (3 years) in the last 10 years||10|
|60 months (5 years) in the last 10 years||15|
|96 months (8 years) in the last 10 years||20|
PART 5 – Aggregating points for Australian and overseas work experience
A maximum of 20 points can be awarded for a combination of Australian and overseas work experience.
PART 6 – Australian professional year
5 points are awarded if the applicant has completed a professional year in Australia, in the applicant’s nominated occupation or closely related occupation.
PART 7 – Educational qualifications
Points are awarded for the completion of qualifications either through an Australian educational institution or an overseas qualification for which the Minister is satisfied is of a recognised standard:
|Doctorate (PhD) – Australian institution or recognised overseas institution||20|
|Bachelor degree or higher – Australian institution or recognised overseas institution||15|
|Diploma – Australian institution||10|
|Trade certificate – Australian institution||10|
|Qualification or award recognised by the relevant assessing authority for the applicant’s nominated occupation||10|
Applicants only receive points for their highest single qualification – it is not possible to claim points for more than one qualification under this part.
Australian qualifications usually attract points without further inquiry. Qualifications can attract points even if they are not closely related to the applicant’s nominated occupation.
Applicants who have met the two-year Australian study requirement can obtain 5 points.
PART 9 – Credentialed community language
5 points are available for NAATI-accredited translators and interpreters at the paraprofessional (level 2) or higher. No list of languages is specified, so by implication any language assessed by NAATI at the paraprofessional level or higher should be acceptable.
PART 10 – Study in a regional or low-population growth metropolitan area of Australia
The relevant regional areas are all parts of Australia, excluding: greater Brisbane area, the Gold Coast, Newcastle, the Central Coast, Sydney, Wollongong, Melbourne metropolitan area, Perth and surrounding areas and the Australian Capital Territory.
PART 11 – Partner skill
|Applicant’s spouse or defacto partner:
PART 12 – State or Territory nomination
The factors below only applies to the subclass 190 visa.
This part applies to applicants for a Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) (subclass 489). Schedule 6D provides:
To find out more about the Skilled Nomination Programs and to get assessed, you are welcome to call us on + 27 (0) 21 202 2800 or e-mail us here.
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