Australia Permanent Residency (PR) Points System 2024

The myriad Australia immigration Programs have been conceptualised to strategically select only the most qualified applicants. Certain filters have been designed to ensure that only desirable profiles that can significantly contribute to the economy are invited to pursue the Australia PR Process. One such tool is the Australia points calculator, which allocates points to the candidate based on several factors to determine their potential. This tool is also useful for immigration aspirants to estimate their ability to fulfil the Australia PR requirements. Candidates who can score 65 or more Australia PR points may lodge their application in SkillSelect – the Australian government portal that determines eligibility of applicants. 

Points-tested Visa Categories

There are four visa subclasses that evaluate the eligibility of applicants based on the Australia PR Points Calculator. Two of these points-tested visa categories are direct pathways to permanent residency Australia, while two are provisional visas which can eventually lead to securing Australia PR.

Australia PR Points Calculator System

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Selection Factors of the Australia Point System

The criteria under each points-tested visa subclass is distinct, designed specifically to assess the aspirant’s ability to fulfil the purpose for which they are being granted a visa. Under each stream, points are granted based on targeted parameters which determine the potential of an applicant to contribute to the local and national economy. The assessment criteria and minimum requirements of the point system are detailed below:

Australia Permanent Residency Points Table:

Factor Description Points
Age: 18-24 25 points
25-32 30 points
33-39 25 points
40-44 15 points
45-49 0 points
English Language: Competent English - IELTS 6 in each
TOEFL iBT Listening – 12, Reading – 13, Writing – 21 and Speaking – 18
PTE Academic -  Listening – 50, Reading – 50, Writing – 50 and Speaking – 50
0 points
Proficient English - IELTS 7 in each
TOEFL iBT Listening – 24, Reading – 24, Writing – 27 and Speaking – 23
PTE Academic -  Listening – 65, Reading – 65, Writing – 65 and Speaking – 65
10 points
Superior English - IELTS 8 in each
TOEFL iBT Listening – 28, Reading – 29, Writing – 30 and Speaking – 26
PTE Academic -  Listening – 79, Reading – 79, Writing – 79 and Speaking – 79
20 points
Australian Work Experience in nominated occupation or a closely related occupation One year Australian (of past two years) 5 points
Three years Australian (of past five years) 10 points
Five years Australian (of past seven years) 15 points
Overseas Work Experience in nominated occupation or a closely related occupation Three years overseas (of past five years) 5 points
Five years overseas (of past seven years) 10 points
Eight years overseas (of past 10 years) 15 points
(Australian or recognised overseas)
Offshore recognised apprenticeship
AQFIII/IV completed in Australia
Diploma completed in Australia
10 points
Bachelor Degree (including a Bachelor degree with Honours or Masters) 15 points
Ph.D 20 points
Recognition of Australian Study Minimum two years fulltime (Australian study requirement) 5 points
Designated Language 5 points
Partner Skills 5 points
Professional Year 5 points
Sponsorship by State or Territory Government 5 points
Sponsorship by Family or State or Territory Government to Regional Australia 10 points
Study in a Regional Area 5 points


Australia Points System Changes

With effect from 16th Nov 2019, the Points System for Australian General Skilled Migration Visas (Subclass 189 visa, Subclass 190 visa and Subclass 491 visa) experienced certain changes. Below are the changes:

  • Specialist education qualification: Candidates with Master’s Degree by research / Doctorate degree from an Australian educational institution, can obtain 10 points now. Earlier, it was 5 points.
  • Partner skills: Candidates having skilled spouse under the age of 45 can acquire two set of points:
    • Spouse Language & Skill Assessment: If you spouse competent is having competent language skills and positive skill assessment along with his/her occupation falling under Skilled Occupation List (SOL), can get 10 points. Earlier, it was 5 points.
    • Spouse language proficiency: If your spouse or de facto partner is having competent language skills, then you can get additional 5 points.
  • Spouse Adaptability: There is two-fold points change in the Spouse Adaptability:
    • If you are single, then you are entitled for additional 10 points. Earlier, there were no points for single applicant.
    • If you have a spouse or de facto partner with either Australian citizenship or Australia permanent residency, then you are entitled for additional 10 points. Earlier, there were no points for Australian Citizen or PR Spouse.
  • State Nomination/Sponsorship: If you obtain nomination by a state/territory or sponsorship by a family member, you can get 15 points. Earlier, it was 10 points. Currently, the 15 points criteria are applicable to Subclass 491 visa and Subclass 190 visa only.

Australia Permanent Residency Points Table Changes:



Previous Points

New Points

Specialist education qualification



Spouse with Competent Language & Positive Skill Assessment



Spouse with Competent Language only



Single Applicant



Spouse with Australian Citizenship & PR



State Nomination



It is essential to keep in mind that the point system is simply one of the numerous requirements that must be met in order to be eligible for immigration to Australia. The obtaining of an Australian visa by an Indian citizen can throw open a plethora of doors leading to potential prospects. The aspirant can submit an application through SkillSelect if it has been determined that all requirements are capable of being met. Following an appropriate review of the candidate's application, the candidate may be extended an invitation to submit an application for the applicable visa subclass. Finding out how many points you have is the first thing you need to do in order to increase your chances of being granted immigration.    

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