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New Points Test

Effective 16th Nov 2019

The changes will affect subclass 491 applicants as well as applications for other skilled migration visas that have not been assessed at that time (in a way that is beneficial for applicants, by providing extra points). Awarding other points for age, qualifications, overseas and Australian work experience, Australian study and English language ability points will apply. The new points details are for age, qualifications, overseas and Australian work experience, Australian study and English language ability points will apply. The new points details are:

  • 15 points for nomination by a State or Territory government agency or sponsorship by a family member residing in regional Australia, to live and work in regional Australia;

  • 10 points for certain Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) qualifications;

Partner Points
  • 10 points, if one of the following applies:

skilled spouse or de facto partner (Skills assessment and Competent English); or

applicants without a spouse or de facto partner (single) or

  • 5 points:  if your partner has Competent English.

  • Your partner can be over 45 years of age and does not need a Skills Assessment.