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The first step to applying for general skilled migration (Subclass 189 or 190) is passing a skills assessment and obtaining at least 60 or more points in the Immigration Points Test .

The most common way applicants gain points are by 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 points


Ways to Gain Points


Australia Study Requirement

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 16 calendar months of class study), you can gain an extra 5 points.


Regional Study

If you 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, the Central Coast and Wollongong. STUDYING IN PERTH DOES NOT ALLOW YOU TO GAIN POINTS.

Some trade schools which offer study in regional Australia include:

Tafe QLD

  • Tafe QLD (East Coast/Bundaberg) – Courses Available include – Automotive, Engineering Fabrication and Trade, Engineering Mechanical Trade
  • Tafe QLD (North/ Cairns) – Commercial Cookery, Childcare
  • Tafe QLD (Sunshine Coast) – Commercial Cookery, Childcare
  • Tafe QLD (West) – Automotive,Commercial Cookery, Childcare

Tafe SA

  • Automotive, Commercial Cookery

University

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

Professional Year

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.


Below are some examples of ways someone study can help an applicant gain extra points

Example 1 –  Ben is a 26 year old Malaysian factory worker. He 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 20 more points. Ben decided to undertake a 2 year automotive package at Tafe QLD in Bundaberg. This is a two year course:

  • By completing a automotive course he would get 10.
  • By studying this course in Australia for at least 2 years, he would get an extra 5
  • By studying this course in a regional area, Ben would get an extra 5

With the additional 20 points, Ben would have a total of 60 points.

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Example 2 –  Wendy is from China. She is 25 years old and has just graduated from a bachelor of Engineering in China. She has competent English (IELTS 6). Wendy would have a total of (30 points for her age) and (15 points for her education). A total of 45 points. Wendy has decided to study a Masters of Engineering at a university in Adelaide. This is a 2 year course.

  • By studying a Masters or Bachelors in Australia for at least 2 years she gains 5
  • By studying in Regional Australia, Wendy gains an extra 5
  • After she finished her course, Wendy decided to undertake a professional year and gains an extra 5

With the additional 15 points, Wendy would have a total of 60 points

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Example 3 –  Tim is from the UK. He is 29 years old and 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 15 more points to be eligible for general skilled migration. 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.

  • By completing a 2 year trade course in Australia, Ben would gain 5
  • By sitting the IELTS test and obtaining 7’s, Ben would gain 10

With the additional 15 points, Tim would have a total of 60 points.


If you are interested in studying a course that maximises your points feel free to contact Pathway to Aus:

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