Australian PR Migration Points Calculator

Australian Migration Points Calculator 2019

Looking For A Points Calculator for Australian Immigration?

Well, it doesn’t need to be tricky! There are various fun-dangled points calculators available on the internet. You know, the kind that enables you to input numbers in a form where you then click a button and a ‘score’ is automatically calculated and spat out at the end.

Australian PR migration points calculator

This internet wizardry is all very good, however, one issue I have with these automatic Australian points calculators is they give you little insight into the way you have come to your final score as the inner workings are hidden in the background.

This, in turn, can make it difficult for you to identify the areas of focus you will need to concentrate on to increase your points if your ‘score’ is on the borderline of being acceptable.

Sure, you can’t change your age, if only! :) You could, however, spend some time improving the points you receive for your English language capabilities, or factor in more of your partner’s skills and experience (as an example).

Australian Migration Points Calculator Categories

The Australian points calculator allocates points across a number of categories. Some of these categories are pretty straight forward. Eg. How old are you? While others require a little more thought (Australian study requirements is a good example).

The Key Categories covered by the points calculator are:

  • Age
  • English Language Skills
  • Skilled employment Experience
  • Education

There are then what I would classify as potential bonus categories covering

  • Specialist Education
  • Australian Study
  • Completion of a professional year in Australia
  • Credentialed Community language
  • Study in Regional Australia and
  • Partner Skills

So let’s get into it.

Below you will find the current calculations used by the Australian Migration department to calculate the number of points you will achieve when applying for a skilled Australian visa. If Applying for a 189 Visa or other Skilled Visa class. These points will become very important.

So grab a coffee, a pen and a sheet of paper and use the table below to calculate the number of points you’ll gain based on your current circumstances.

Australian Points Calculator

​Points criteria are assessed at the time of invitation.


Age Points
at least 18 but less than 25 years 25
at least  25 but less than 33 years 30
at least  33 but less than 40 years 25
at least  40 but less than 45 years 15

English language skills

English Points
Competent English 0
Proficient English 10
Superior English 20

Skilled employment experience

Overseas skilled employment – (outside Australia)

Number of years Points
Less than 3 years 0
At least 3 but less than 5 years 5
At least 5 but less than 8 years 10
At least 8 years 15

Australian skilled employment – (in Australia)

Number of years Points
Less than 1 year 0
At least 1 but less than 3 years 5
At least 3 but less than 5 years 10
At least 5 but less than 8 years 15
At least 8 years 20
  • You can only claim points for employment if the employment was in your nominated skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation; and you were employed for the relevant periods set out in the table, in the 10 years before you are invited to apply. 

Employed means engaged in an occupation for remuneration for at least 20 hours a week.

Closely-related occupations must be:

  • in the same ANZSCO Unit Group or
  • consistent with a career advancement pathway or
  • recognised by an assessing authority that it is closely related to your nominated occupation, as part of your skills assessment

Under the points test there is a cap on the number of points that can be awarded for employment experience. The maximum number of points that can be awarded is 20, this means that even if you score more than 20 combined points for your employment experience only 20 points will be awarded.

Educational qualifications

Requirement Points
A Doctorate from an Australian educational institution or a Doctorate from another educational institution, that is of a recognised standard. 20
At least a Bachelor degree from an Australian educational institution or at least a Bachelor qualification, from another educational institution, that is of a recognised standard. 15
A diploma or trade qualification from an Australian educational institution. 10
Attained a qualification or award recognised by the relevant assessing authority for your nominated skilled occupation as being suitable for that occupation 10

For points based migration you will receive points for your highest qualification only. 

Recognition of your qualifications

The Australian Migration authority undertaking your skills assessment may determine if your qualifications are comparable to the relevant Australian qualification. Assessing authorities are listed against your occupation in the relevant list of eligible skilled occupations. You must have obtained this recognition at the time you are invited to apply for a visa.

If you hold an overseas qualification at bachelor level or above and your skills assessing authority did not offer an opinion on that qualification then it is open to you to contact Vocational Education Training and Assessment Services (VETASSESS) for advice.

VETASSESS can provide an assessment of the comparative educational level of these qualifications against the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). Advice from VETASSESS should be provided with your application to support your claim for these points.

To obtain an assessment  contact Vocational Education Training and Assessment Services.

Doctoral requirements (PhD)

You can only be awarded points for a doctoral degree if you have completed a qualification at the relevant level, that is,  a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). You cannot claim these points for the award of other qualifications that give you the right to use to the title of Doctor (that is, general practitioner, dentist, vet).

Specialist education qualification

Requirement Points
A Masters degree by research or a Doctorate degree from an Australian educational institution that included at least 2 academic years study  in a relevant field. 5

The postgraduate degree by research (doctorate or masters) must be awarded from an Australian education institution after at least 2 academic years of study in the following science, technology, engineering, mathematics or specified information and communication technology (ICT) fields:

Natural and physical sciences

  • biological sciences
  • chemical sciences
  • earth sciences
  • mathematical sciences
  • natural and physical sciences
  • other natural and physical sciences
  • physics and astronomy

Information technology

  • computer science
  • information systems
  • information technology
  • other information technology

Engineering and related technologies

  • aerospace engineering and technology
  • civil engineering
  • electrical and electronic engineering and technology
  • engineering and related technologies
  • geomatics engineering
  • manufacturing engineering and technology
  • maritime engineering and technology
  • mechanical and industrial engineering and technology
  • other engineering and related technologies
  • process and resources engineering.

To determine whether your qualification is eligible, see the CRICOS website.

Australian study requirement

Requirement Points
Meet the Australian study requirement 5

You must have at least 1 degree, diploma or trade qualification from an Australian educational institution that meets the Australian study requirement.

Professional Year in Australia

Requirement Points
Completion of a Professional Year in Australia 5

At the time of invitation to apply, you had completed a Professional Year. To be eligible for the award of these points your Professional Year must have been in Accounting, ICT/Computing or Engineering, and:

Credentialled community language

Requirement Points
Hold a recognised qualification in a credentialled community language 5

To be credentialled in a community language and eligible for the award of points you must have been accredited at the paraprofessional level or above, certified at the certified provisional level or above, or have a community language credential for interpreting or translating by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters.

Study in regional Australia

Requirement Points
You must have at least 1 degree, diploma or trade qualification from an Australian educational institution that satisfies the Australian study requirement obtained while living and studying in an eligible area of regional Australia 5

To be eligible for the award of points your educational qualification:

  • must meet the Australian study requirement
  • have been obtained while you lived in, and studied at a campus in, one or more of the areas listed as  regional Australia or a low population-growth metropolitan area
  • not include study undertaken by distance education

Partner skills

Requirement Points
Your spouse or de facto partner must also be an applicant for this visa and meet age, English and skill criteria. Check this article about tips to prove your defacto relationship. 5

For you to be eligible for the award of these points your partner must be an applicant for the same visa subclass and must not be an Australian permanent resident or an Australian citizen.  Additionally, you will need to provide evidence that when you were invited to apply for this visa that they:

  • were under 45 years old
  • had competent English
  • had nominated a skilled occupation that is on the same skilled occupation list as your nominated skilled occupation
  • had a suitable skills assessment from the relevant assessing authority for their nominated skilled occupation, and the assessment wasn’t for a Subclass 485 visa.

So how did you go?

Using an Australian Migration Points Calculator to work out your points is often one of the very first stages of the Australian Migration process. Let us know how you got on.

If you have any questions, please post these in our community forums.

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