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Posted on December 28 2022

How many points are required for an Australia PR visa in 2023?

By  Editor
Updated May 01 2024

Why Australia PR?

  • Can work for any employer from any industry.
  • Eligible for Australian citizenship
  • Migrant cap doubled for parent & skilled visas
  • Right to the free healthcare system
  • Eligible for getting first homeowners grant

Australia PR Visa

Australia has always been a famous destination for individuals who wanted to settle down in another country due to its quality of life, peace, and multi-culture. A permanent resident visa is designed for individuals who are not citizens of Australia. An individual who obtains PR in Australia can live in Australia indefinitely. The most common PR visas that are issued to foreign citizens are skilled worker visas and family visas. The validity of an Australian PR visa is 5 years. Once an individual work for 4 formal years can convert the status to a citizen of Australia.

Benefits of an Australia PR Visa

There are a lot of benefits for an individual to have an Australian PR visa. They are:

  • An Australian PR visa holder can have the privileged freedom of studying any course that they prefer.
  • Can avail of free education and government health insurance.
  • Australian PR holders have the freedom to sponsor their family members which can be either temporary or permanent.
  • A PR visa holder can have the privilege of having the benefits of social security.
  • Possess the right to work for any job under any employer.
  • An Australian PR visa holder will be eligible for Australian citizenship if they meet certain criteria.

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Evaluate your score for Australia PR

Australia offers an opportunity to foreign individuals like skilled professionals and business entrepreneurs for migrating and settling in the country based on their skills, work experience, and educational qualifications. By taking up the general skilled migration self-assessment test, one can evaluate their possibility of chances for Australian immigration. The individuals will get a high score if their age is under 50 years. And they must have better English language proficiency, work experience under the nominated occupation and more over that occupation must be listed in the Skilled Occupation List (SOL).

Skilled migration points in Australia

 Australia uses a points-based immigration system for evaluating the score for Australia PR. The individuals need to acquire the necessary Australian migration points which prove that the candidates have met the required eligibility criteria. The following table depicts the different eligibility criteria for scoring points  Age:    The applicants with age between 18 - 44 years will score points up to 30 based on their age.

Age Points
18-24 years 25
25-32 years 30
33-39 years 25
40-44 years 15
45 and above 0

   English proficiency: The applicant needs to provide the necessary competency in the English language by submitting the language proficiency test results. The Australian authorities allow the applicants to take up English proficiency tests like PTE, IELTS, TOEFL, etc. The applicants have to get the required score on any of the tests. The following table shows the criteria and the required points:

English Language Scores
Criteria Points
Superior (8/79 on each band in IELTS/PTE Academic) 20
Proficient (7/65 on each band in IELTS/PTE Academic) 10
Competent (6/50 on each band in IELTS/PTE Academic) 0


Work experience

Work experience varies depending on whether the applicant staying in Australia or outside Australia. Skilled employment outside Australia A skilled individual with 8-10 years of work experience will fetch you 15 points for a PR application.

Skilled employment outside Australia Points
Less than 3 years 0
3-4 years 5
5-7 years 10
More than 8 years 15

Skilled employment in Australia A skilled individual with 8-10 years of work experience from the date of application will fetch you a maximum of 20 points.

Skilled employment in Australia Points
Less than 1 year 0
1-2 years 5
3-4 years 10
5-7 years 15
More than 8 years 20

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The immigration points that are given to the individuals depends on their educational qualification. Australian authorities provide maximum points given to a Doctorate degree from an Australian university or a doctorate degree from any university that is outside the country but is recognized by the government.

Qualifications Points
A Doctorate degree from an Australian university or institute outside Australia. 20
A Bachelor (or Masters) degree from an Australian university or institute outside Australia. 15
Diploma or trade qualification completed in Australia 10
Any qualification or award recognized by the relevant assessing authority for your nominated skilled occupation. 10
Niche skills such as Doctorate or master’s degree in Australia 5
Specialist Education qualification (Master’s degree by research or a Doctorate degree from an Australian educational institution) 10


Spouse application:

The individual or the primary applicant can also score points based on partner/spouse skills if they meet the basic requirement of the human capital factors like age, education, English language proficiency, and skill assessment.

Spouse qualification Points
Spouse has a PR visa or is an Australian citizen 10
Spouse has competent English and has a Positive Skill Assessment 10
Spouse has only competent English 5

   Other qualifications An individual can also gain points if meets the following criteria.

Study in a regional area 5 points
Accredited in community language 5 points
Professional year in a skilled program in Australia 5 points
State sponsorship (190 visa) 5 points
Minimum 2 years fulltime (Australian study requirement) 5 points
Specialist Education qualification (Master’s degree by research or a Doctorate degree from an Australian educational institution) 10 points
Relative or regional sponsorship (491 visa) 15 points


Points required to apply for Australia PR

An individual who is willing to migrate to Australia by satisfying the required eligibility for a PR visa will need to score a minimum of 65 points under the Points Grid. To be eligible to apply for skilled visas, one must:

  • Score 65 points or higher for Australian PR
  • Get an ITA (invitation to apply)
  • The individual’s job must be listed on the Australian Skilled Occupation List
  • Must possess suitable skills assessment for the job

The following table shows the minimum points required to obtain an Australian PR:

Category   Maximum Points
Age (25-32 years) 30 points
English proficiency (8 bands) 20 points
Work Experience outside Australia (8-10 years) 15 points
Work Experience in Australia (8-10 years) 20 points
Education (outside Australia) – Doctorate degree 20 points
Niche skills such as Doctorate or master’s degree by research in Australia 10 points
Study in a regional area 5 points
Accredited in community language 5 points
Professional year in a skilled program in Australia 5 points
State sponsorship (190 visa) 5 points
Skilled spouse or de facto partner (Age, Skills & English language requirements to be met) 10 points
Spouse or de facto partner with ‘competent English’ (No need to meet Skills requirement or age factor) 5 points
Applicants without a spouse or de facto partner or where a spouse is an Australia citizen or PR holder 10 points
Relative or regional sponsorship (491 visa) 15 points

How to calculate my Australia PR score?

To calculate Australia's PR score, one requires an immigration point calculator. Y-Axis provides updated and accurate points on the immigration calculator before even you apply for the PR. With this, you will get an idea, of whether you are eligible for Australian PR or not. Based on the results, you can take a step forward, or with the help of our expert consultant, you can take the necessary steps. *Check your eligibility to migrate to Australia through Y-Axis Australia Immigration Points Calculator

Tips to improve my Australia PR score

There are a few common areas for the applicants to boost their Australian PR points.

  • Enhance your English language skills by re-taking the language proficiency test before the application date, so that it will help you fetch a maximum of 20 points.
  • Get highly valued work experience within the nominated skilled occupation or similar to this. A minimum of an extra year of work experience can help you earn an additional 5 points. A maximum of 20 points are awarded to an employee with experience.
  • Foreign students who study in Australia which is associated with the Australian skilled occupation list can apply for PSWP (Post-study work program). This program helps a student to stay and work in the country for 2-4 years. Also, it is always good to take a vocational course that is recognized by the Australian government and adds value to one’s educational qualification.
  • Age is one of the great factors to gain points for obtaining Australia PR. The individuals whose age is between 25 and 32 score the highest points. Whereas people with age 45 or above will not get any points.
  • If an individual is nominated by a state or territorial government under a skilled visa will score extra 5 points. The international students who have studied in a regional area of Australia for at least 2 years will get an additional 5 points.

 Additional ways to improve Australian PR points

If the individual knew a community language will get an additional 5 points for Australia PR. If an individual is a State Nomination holder under a skilled visa, will get an extra 5 points. It has already completed a professional year in Australia in one of the nominated skilled occupations for at least a year, before obtaining an ITA (Invitation to Apply) will get an extra 5 points. Also read…

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Steps to apply for Australia PR

Following are the simple steps to apply for Australian PR.

  1. Check if you are eligible for a specified pathway or program (Subclass 189/Subclass 190/Subclass 491) and ensure that you have met the mandatory criteria.
  2. Appear for valid English proficiency tests like IELTS, PTE, and TOEFL from an authorized body.
  3. Complete the skill verification of educational documents & work certificates by an accredited institution as per Australian standards.
  4. Create and submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) along with the mandatory documents and Statement of purpose (SOP) on the ‘SkillSelect’ Australian PR platform.
  5. After the successful completion of the profile creation, Australian immigration authorities will send an invitation to the qualified applicant.
  6. When you receive an ITA, you need to submit a final PR application with clearance certificates and conduct certificates.

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