If you are looking to emigrate to Australia your personal circumstances will be analysed by way of a points test with points being allocated against a range of criteria such as your occupation, age and education.
At the time of writing this article. You need 65 points to qualify for the majority of English Visas, however, as we have explained in previous articles, the more points you have, the higher up the ‘queue’ you will appear and the more likely you’ll receive an invitation to apply for an Australian Visa in a timely manner.
If you are on the cusp of 65 points or, you are looking to increase your points to help maximise the chances of receiving an Australia visa invitation; this article might just be what you are looking for.
How To Earn Extra Points On Your Australia Points Test?
There are a number of options available to help you earn extra points on your Australian points test with some options being easier than others.
It’s fair to say that based on your personal circumstances, some of these options may be almost impossible to achieve, however, we’ve included all of the main ways of earning extra points in our list below as we recognise that everyone’s circumstances are different.
If we have missed any options out that you are aware of, we’d love to hear from you in our comments at the end of this article. Please let us know and we’ll update this article so everyone benefits by gaining insight into all the ways to earn extra point! 😊
Earn More Points By Sitting an English Test
Australia wants applicants with a high level of English ability therefore you will need to prove your English language ability as part of the application process. The cool thing is, if you have a really good grasp of the English language, you can receive additional points based on your English language capabilities.
The required level of English depends on the visa subclass you are applying for and there are 4 different levels of English which may be relevant:
- Superior English
- Proficient English
- Competent English: threshold requirement for General Skilled Migration and ENS and RSMS
- Vocational English: previously important for General Skilled Migration and Employer Sponsored Visas
- Functional English: for secondary applicants seeking to avoid paying the English Language Charge
If you are an NZ, UK, Irish, Canadian or US passport holder, you will automatically be allocated a Competent level of English and do not need to provide evidence of English language for the visa. However, even if you are from one of these countries, you can receive additional points by sitting an English test. As such, this remains a popular option for candidates from these countries trying to get additional points on their test.
- Competent English is the threshold requirement for General Skilled Migration and ENS and RSMS (the equivalent of IELTS 6 in all 4 bands or hold a NZ/UK/Irish/Canadian/US passport)
- Proficient English (the equivalent of IELT’S 7 in all 4 bands) – If your test results indicate you have Proficient English, you will gain 10 extra points!
- Superior English (the equivalent of IELT’S 8 in all 4 bands) – If your test results indicate you have Superior English, you can qualify for a whopping extra 20 points!
Please note acceptable English tests include: IELTS, PTE Academic, OET, CAE or TOEFL iBT. IELTS and TOEFL are still the most popular tests options. If you are interested in this option, you can read more about these test in the following articles. TOEFL Scores For Australia – A Definitive Guide and IELTS Score For Australia – A Definitive Guide
If you need help preparing for your English language test, check out our free IELTS preparation Videos.
Earn Extra Points With Your Partner’s Skills
If applying with a Partner, our partner’s skills have presented an option to attract extra points since November 2019
- If your partner is under 45 years of age, obtains a positive skill assessment in a job on the same shortage list as you and has Competent English you will qualify for an extra 10 points!
- If your partner can demonstrate Competent English. (your partner can be over 45 years of age), you will qualify for an extra 5 points!
Complete A Professional Year in Australia
This option applies to students who have recently completed their studies in Australia.
By completing a professional year in Australia in the occupation in which they studied, applicants can gain an extra 5 points.
A professional year is available as an internship based learning program in which applicants are placed at a company. Professional Year programs are available to graduates in the engineering, accounting and computing field.
To apply for a professional year program you will have to meet some professional year requirement:
- Must be under 50 years of age.
- A graduate or master’s degree must be completed at an Australian University.
- The degree should be in computer science, engineering or accounting areas.
- You must have at least 12 months remaining on your temporary graduate visa (subclass 485).
- At least 6 runs on each band on English proficiency test.
- To earn points toward your permanent resident application, you must complete the professional year program within 4 years before getting an invitation to apply for a visa.
Obtain Australian Work Experience for 5 Extra Points
Many students can gain 5 points for 1 year of work experience in the nominated occupation for work completed in Australia. Many applicants gain the 1 years of work experience on either the Graduate Work Visa, Working Holiday Visa or Student Visa.
– The work you undertake must be paid and you must work for at least 20 hours per week
– The work experience can only be counted once you have met the skill level required by the Skills Assessor. For example, in most instances work experience can only be counted once they have completed their qualification.
Become an Accredited Translator
Applicants may receive 5 additional points if they are an accredited translator and interpreter.
You must become accredited as a para-professional interpreter or translator (level 2) by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI). NAATI has introduced a Credentialed Community Language test that gives 5 points to international students for the point-based general skilled migration visas.
The NAATI CCL Test Format includes two dialogue tasks conveyed through recorded materials with alternating segments of a conversation between an English speaker and a Language Other Than English (LOTE) speaker.
Each dialogue task consists of approximately 300 words and each segment is of 35 words. The maximum time allotted for the test is 30 minutes.
A test supervisor is present during the entire test to handle all the electronic equipment along with managing start and finish time of the task and any unanticipated issues.
As a candidate, you are supposed to follow the instructions of a test supervisor every time to avoid being disqualified for CCL testing.
Earn 10 extra points for a STEM Qualification
You can gain an additional 10 points if you have a Masters or PhD level Australian qualification in specific areas (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – STEM). This change is driven by the importance of STEM skills to Australia’s ongoing innovation and economic success.
The qualification must have included the study of at least 2 academic years in Australia and be awarded by an Australian educational institution.
Extra Points If You Receive a Nomination from a State or Territory
State nomination helps you to obtain a skilled migration visa from the Australian Government. The State Governments nominates skilled migrants who are willing to live and work in their state and who have the skills and experience required by the state.
To receive State nomination you must have an occupation featured on the State Nominated Occupation List and meet all the state and federal
You do not need your occupation to be on the MLTSSL to apply for State nomination. Your occupation must be on the state skilled occupation list. Applicants receive additional points for State or Regional Nomination.
- 5 points may be awarded to a Skilled State Nomination (Subclass 190) visa applicant who is nominated by a State/Territory government agency.
- 15 points may be awarded to Skilled Work Regional (Subclass 491) applicant who is nominated by a State/Territory government agency or who is sponsored by a family member.
You can find out more information on the State and Regional Nomination through the individual state websites: New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory
Extra Points For Australia Migration – A Summary
So there we have it. Up to 65 additional points on the table if you meet all of the Criteria (which strictly speaking looks almost impossible) though I hope you get the idea!
Are you looking to earn extra points and do any of the options on this list present new opportunities for you?
Please let us know in our comments below. We’d love to hear from you! 👍