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IELTS as proof of English language proficiency

The Australian government’s Department of Home Affairs accepts IELTS as proof of English language proficiency for all visa categories. In fact, IELTS is the only test accepted by all immigration authorities of Australia, the UK, New Zealand and Canada.

For migration to Australia, you may need to show that you have an understanding of the English language. So, to prove this, the Department of Home Affairs can ask you to show that you’ve done an official language test, like IELTS. You may also have to show that in the 3 years before you apply you have gained the minimum scores needed for your visa.

When you migrate to Australia and are applying for a visa, you may come across different language proficiency levels. For example, there is functional English and vocational English. But also competent English, proficient English and even superior English. Each of these levels has a different IELTS score.

English language proficiency level

Test component

IELTS score

Functional English

Overall score

4.5

Vocational English

Listening

5

Reading

5

Writing

5

Speaking

5

Competent English

Listening

6

Reading

6

Writing

6

Speaking

6

Proficient English

Listening

7

Reading

7

Writing

7

Speaking

7

Superior English

Listening

8

Reading

8

Writing

8

Speaking

8

 

It’s a big step to move to a new country. Thankfully, you’re not alone. We’ll help you with some background information about the types of visas are available and what Australia has to offer you.

Why choose IELTS as your English test for Australian migration

No other English language proficiency test is accepted as widely as IELTS, making it the number one English test for Australian immigration.

Over 12,000 employers, universities, schools and immigration organisations around the world recognise IELTS as proof of English language proficiency. Also, you can take IELTS at over 4,000 test locations in 120 countries, including more than 280 computer-delivered IELTS centres, making it easy to assess worldwide.

Immigration and the law

Legislation about immigration changes frequently. It’s important to check the Australian Department of Home Affairs website for changes that may apply to you. If you are interested in Australian student visas, work visas, or looking to migrate permanently, you need to lodge an application with the Australian Government. You may want to consider getting support from a lawyer or migration agent. However, you can also get free advice for student visas.

Check the full list of Australian visas to see which one requires you to complete an English test for Australian migration, work or study.