You can only claim points for employment if the employment was in your
nominated skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation;
and you were employed for the relevant periods set out in the table, in
the 10 years before you are invited to apply.
For any Australian employment you must have held a substantive visa or a
A or Bridging
B visa and complied with the conditions of that
visa to be eligible for points.
Employed means engaged in an occupation for remuneration for at least 20
hours a week.
Closely-related occupations must be:
in the same ANZSCO Unit Group or
consistent with a career advancement pathway or
recognised by an assessing authority that it is closely related to your
nominated occupation, as part of your skills assessment
Under the points test there is a cap on the number of points that can be
awarded for employment experience. The maximum number of points that can be
awarded is 20, this means that even if you score more than 20 combined
points for your employment experience only 20 points will be awarded.
A Doctorate from an Australian educational institution or a
Doctorate from another educational institution, that is of a
At least a Bachelor degree from an Australian educational
institution or at least a Bachelor qualification, from another
educational institution, that is of a recognised standard.
A diploma or trade qualification from an Australian educational
Attained a qualification or award recognised by the relevant
assessing authority for your nominated skilled occupation as
being suitable for that occupation
For points based migration you will receive points for your highest
Recognition of your qualifications
The authority undertaking your skills assessment may determine if your
qualifications are comparable to the relevant Australian qualification.
Assessing authorities are listed against your occupation in the relevant
list of eligible
skilled occupations. You must have obtained this
recognition at the time you are invited to apply for a visa.
If you hold an overseas qualification at bachelor level or above and your
skills assessing authority did not offer an opinion on that qualification
then it is open to you to contact Vocational Education Training and
Assessment Services (VETASSESS) for advice.
VETASSESS can provide an assessment of the comparative educational level of
these qualifications against the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).
Advice from VETASSESS should be provided with your application to support
your claim for these points.
You can only be awarded points for a doctoral degree if you have completed a
qualification at the relevant level, that is, a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
You cannot claim these points for the award of other qualifications that
give you the right to use to the title of Doctor (that is, general
practitioner, dentist, vet).
Specialist Education Qualification
A Masters degree by research or a Doctorate degree from an
Australian educational institution that included at least
years study in a relevant field.
The postgraduate degree by research (doctorate or masters) must be awarded
from an Australian education institution after at least 2 academic years of
study in the following science, technology, engineering, mathematics or
specified information and communication technology (ICT) fields:
Natural and physical sciences
Natural and Physical Sciences
Other Natural and Physical Sciences
Physica and Astronomy
Other Information Technology
Engineering and related technologies
Aerospace engineering and technology
Electrical and Electronic engineering and technology
Engineering and related technologies
Manufacturing engineering and technology
Maritime engineering and technology
Mechanical and industrial engineering and technology
Other engineering and related technologies
Process and resource engineering
To determine whether your qualification is eligible, see the CRICOS website .
Australia Study Requirement
Meet the Australian study requirement
You must have at least 1 degree, diploma or trade qualification from an
Australian educational institution that meets the Australian
Professional Year in Australia
Completion of a Professional Year in Australia
At the time of invitation to apply, you had completed a Professional Year. To
be eligible for the award of these points your Professional Year must have
been in Accounting, ICT/Computing or Engineering, and:
in your nominated occupation or a closely related occupation
completed over a period of at least 12 months
completed in Australia in the four years before you are invited to apply
for a visa*
* Where a Professional Year program was completed, meaning finished, within
the 48 month period prior to the time of invitation, you may be awarded 5
points. To avoid any doubt, you could have commenced the Professional Year
at a time before the 48 months prior to invitation. The time you “completed”
a Professional Year is the date listed on your official Record of Completion
which is issued by the authorised body or Professional Year program delivery
Credentialled community language
Hold a recognised qualification in a credentialled community
To be credentialled in a community language and eligible for the award of
points you must have been accredited at the paraprofessional level or
above, certified at the certified provisional level or above, or have a
community language credential for interpreting or translating by the National Accreditation Authority for
Translators and Interpreters.
Study in regional Australia
You must have at least 1 degree, diploma or trade qualification
from an Australian educational institution that satisfies the
study requirement obtained while living and studying
in an eligible area of regional Australia
To be eligible for the award of points your educational qualification:
have been obtained while you lived in, and studied at a campus in, a
designated regional area
not include study undertaken by distance education
Your spouse or de facto partner must also be an applicant for this
visa and meet age, English and skill criteria
For you to be eligible for the award of these points your partner
must be an applicant for the same visa subclass and must not be an
Australian permanent resident or an Australian citizen.
Additionally, you will need to provide evidence that when you were
invited to apply for this visa that they: