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Getting more points in Immigration Points Test

The most common way applicants gain points on the points test are for: Age, Education, English ability, Australian and overseas work experience, studying in Australia and studying in Regional Australia. Below is a short overview of some common ways to gain additional points.

Australia Study Requirement

In order to encourage applicants to study in Australia, applicants can receive 5 additional points if they have studied in Australia. Please note these 5 points are in addition to the points you would receive for your highest education qualification.

Additional 5 points

You will receive an additional 5 points by completing a Degree, Diploma or Trade Qualification in a courses/courses that were completed in:

at least 2 years of academic study in Australia and
the study is completed over at least 16 calendar months. You must have been physically in Australia for this period.
Your study is not required to be relevant to your nominated occupation.

Regional Study

The Australian Government wants to encourage foreigners to study in regional areas. As such, if you both live and study in a regional area for at least 2 years, you gain an extra 5 points.

Please note areas that are not classified as regional include:  Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Perth, Newcastle, Wollongong and Perth does not allow you to gain extra points. The postcodes that allow you to gain extra points require to to study and live within those postcodes are specified here (IMMI 12/015). 

Tafe QLD
Additional Trade Course:
  • Adelaide – Automotive Mechanical and Commercial Cookery
  • Northern NSW – Carpentry and Commercial Cookery
  • Cairns – Electro Instrumentation and Control and Commercial Cookery
  • Tasmania – Commercial Cookery
Many universities offer courses that may qualify for regional study including:

  • Southern Cross University
  • James Cook University
  • University of Sunshine Coast
  • University of Adelaide
  • University of Tasmania
  • Flinders University
  • Charles Sturt
  • University of New England
  • Charles Darwin University

Ways to Gain Points

Sit an English Test

Immigration wants applicants with a high level of English ability. Therefore you can receive additional points for your English level.

NZ, UK, Irish, Canadian and US passport holders are all automatically allocated Competent English and do not need to provide evidence of English language for the visa. However many native speakers sit an English test in order to receive additional points. 

  • Competent English (equivalent of IELTS 6 in all 4 bands or hold a NZ/UK/Irish/Canadian/US passport)
  • Proficient English (equivalent of IELT’S 7 in all 4 bands) – 10 points
  • Superior English (equivalent of IELT’S 8 in all 4 bands) – 20 points

Please note acceptable English tests include: IELTS, PTE Academic, OET, CAE or TOEFL iBT.

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 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.

Applicants can receive additional points if their partner (Spouse or De Factor) is skilled in a relevant occupation.

You may receive 5 extra points if your partner is skilled. The points may only be awarded if the spouse or de facto partner of the primary applicant:
  • is also an applicant for the same subclass of visa
  • is not an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident
  • was under 45 at the time the primary applicant was invited to apply for the visa
  • nominated a skilled occupation
  • had a suitable skills assessment in their nominated occupation on the MLTSSL from a relevant assessing authority at the time of invitation and
  • had competent at the time of invitation to apply for the visa.

Obtain Australian Work Experience

Many students can gain 5 points for 1 years work experience in the nominated occupation for work completed in Australia. Many applicants gain the 1 years 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.

Receive a Nomination from a State or Territory

Applicants can be invited to apply for a Skilled State Nomination (Subclass 190) or Skilled Regional (Subclass 489) visa if they have been nominated by a State/Territory agency. 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.
  • 10 points may be awarded to Skilled Regional (Subclass 489) 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:

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

Ben (26) Malaysian factory worker

Ben would like to come to Australia to live and work, he has no experience in an occupation that is on the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List. By studying a course that is on the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List, Ben may be able to allow himself to pass a skills assessment. Ben only has (30 points for age) and (10 points for proficient English).

Ben would have a score of 40 in total. Ben would need 25 more points to submit an expression of interest.

Additional points

Ben decided to undertake a 2 year automotive package at Tafe QLD in Bundaberg.


10pts for completing an automotive course


5pts for studying this course in Australia for at least 2 years


5pts for studying this course in a regional area

5pts with State Nomination

With the additional 25 points, Ben would have a total of 65 points.

Wendy (25) from China

Wendy has just graduated from a Bachelor of Engineering in China. She has proficient English. Wendy would have a total of 30 points for her age, 10 points for English and 15 points for her education. A total of 55 points.

Additional points

Wendy has decided to study a Masters of Engineering at a university in Adelaide.

5pts for studying a Masters or Bachelors in Australia for at least 2 years

5pts for studying in Regional Australia

5pts for finishing her course and undertaking a professional year

With the additional 15 points, Wendy would have a total of 70 points

Tim (29) from UK

After graduating from university with a Bachelor in Business, he is now working as a store manager. Ben’s occupation is not on the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List. At the moment, Ben would have (30 points for age) and (15 points for completing a bachelor degree).

Ben would need 20 more points to be eligible for general skilled migration. 

Additional points

By studying a course that is on the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List, Tim may be able to allow himself to pass a skills assessment. Tim decided to study Carpentry in Brisbane.


5pts for completing a 2 year trade course in Australia


5pts for post qualification work experience

10pts for sitting the IELTS test and obtaining 7’s

With the additional 20 points, Tim would have a total of 65 points.

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How to gain extra points on immi points test was last modified: August 16th, 2018 by Nick Yock