If you wish to work in Australia, the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection will require that you demonstrate your English abilities as part of your visa application.
Most Skilled Visas for immigration into Australia require that applicants achieve a minimum score on the Points Test, which award points for a number of different areas including English language ability. Different visas require varying degrees of English language proficiency, categorised as Superior English, Proficient English, and Competent English. The table below illustrates how IELTS results correspond to the Point Test.
|Points for English Language Ability|
|English Language Ability||Points|
|Superior English - person has a score of 8 or more in IELTS in each of the four test components.||20|
|Proficient English - person has a score of 7 or more in IELTS in each of the four test components.||10|
|Competent English - person has a score of 6 or more in IELTS in each of the four test components.||0|
With IELTS, you can be confident that you are taking a test that is trusted by institutions and organisations throughout Australia. IELTS results are accepted by all professional associations in Australia that have set minimum language requirements for professional registration.
You have a choice of two tests, IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training. Your choice of tests will depend on the requirements set by the organisation. The tests evaluate your English proficiency on a scale of 0 to 9 in each of four skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking.
Find out the language requirements for your work visa application to Australia.