The department accept the following English language tests:

Score requirements

English Language
proficiency level
Test component IELTS TOEFL
iBT
PTE
Academic
Cambridge English:
Advanced (CAE)*
OET
Functional Average/total/overall across test components only 4.5 32 30 147 n/a
Vocational Listening 5.0 4 36 154 B
Reading 5.0 4 36 154 B
Writing 5.0 14 36 154 B
Spea​king 5.0 14 36 154 B
Competent Listening 6.0 12 50 169 B
Reading 6.0 13 50 169 B
Writing 6.0 21 50 169 B
Speaking 6.0 18 50 169 B
Proficient
(for points tested Skilled visas)
Listening 7.0 24 65 185 B
Reading 7.0 24 65 185 B
Writing 7.0 27 65 185 B
Speaking 7.0 23 65 185 B
Superior
(for points tested Skilled visas)
Listening 8.0 28 79 200 A
Reading 8.0 29 79 200 A
Writing 8.0 30 79 200 A
Speaking 8.0 26 79 200 A

​*From 1 January 2015 and only for a Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test taken on or after 1 January 2015.

Score requirements

English Language proficiency level: FUNCTIONAL

  • Test component: Average/total/overall across test components only
    • IELTS : 4.5 | TOEFL iBT: 32 | PTE Academic: 30 | Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)*: 147 | OET: n/a

English Language proficiency level: Vocational

  • Test component: Listening
    • IELTS : 5.0 | TOEFL iBT: 4 | PTE Academic: 36 | Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)*: 154 | OET: B
  • Test component: Reading
    • IELTS : 5.0 | TOEFL iBT: 4 | PTE Academic: 36 | Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)*: 154 | OET: B
  • Test component: Writing
    • IELTS : 5.0 | TOEFL iBT: 14 | PTE Academic: 36 | Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)*: 154 | OET: B
  • Test component: Spea​king
    • IELTS : 5.0 | TOEFL iBT: 14 | PTE Academic: 36 | Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)*: 154 | OET: B

English Language proficiency level: Competent

  • Test component: Listening
    • IELTS : 6.0 | TOEFL iBT: 12 | PTE Academic: 50 | Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)*: 169 | OET: B
  • Test component: Reading
    • IELTS : 6.0 | TOEFL iBT: 13 | PTE Academic: 50 | Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)*: 169 | OET: B
  • Test component: Writing
    • IELTS : 6.0 | TOEFL iBT: 21 | PTE Academic: 50 | Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)*: 169 | OET: B
  • Test component: Spea​king
    • IELTS : 6.0 | TOEFL iBT: 18 | PTE Academic: 50 | Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)*: 169 | OET: B

English Language proficiency level: Proficient (for points tested Skilled visas)

  • Test component: Listening
    • IELTS : 7.0 | TOEFL iBT: 24 | PTE Academic: 65 | Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)*: 185 | OET: B
  • Test component: Reading
    • IELTS : 7.0 | TOEFL iBT: 24 | PTE Academic: 65 | Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)*: 185 | OET: B
  • Test component: Writing
    • IELTS : 7.0 | TOEFL iBT: 27 | PTE Academic: 65 | Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)*: 185 | OET: B
  • Test component: Spea​king
    • IELTS : 7.0 | TOEFL iBT: 23 | PTE Academic: 65 | Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)*: 185 | OET: B

English Language proficiency level: Superior (for points tested Skilled visas)

  • Test component: Listening
    • IELTS : 8.0 | TOEFL iBT: 28 | PTE Academic: 79 | Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)*: 200 | OET: A
  • Test component: Reading
    • IELTS : 8.0 | TOEFL iBT: 29 | PTE Academic: 79 | Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)*: 200 | OET: A
  • Test component: Writing
    • IELTS : 8.0 | TOEFL iBT: 30 | PTE Academic: 79 | Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)*: 200 | OET: A
  • Test component: Speaking
    • IELTS : 8.0 | TOEFL iBT: 26 | PTE Academic: 79 | Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)*: 200 | OET: A

​*From 1 January 2015 and only for a Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test taken on or after 1 January 2015.

For 457 visas the following English scores are required

English test Minimum band score

Minimum scores for English test components

Listening

Reading

Speaking

Writing

IELTS test

Overall band score 5.0

4.5

4.5

4.5

4.5

OET

B

B

B

B

TOEFL iBT

Total band score 36

3

3

12

12

PTE

Overall band score 36

30

30

30

30

CAE

Overall band score 154

147

147

147

147

For 457 visas the following English scores are required

English test: IELTS test

  • Minimum band score: Overall band score 5.0
      • Minimum scores for English test components
        • Listening : 4.5 | Reading: 4.5 | Speaking: 4.5 | Writing: 4.5
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