New English Language Requirements:

The Australian Government has amended the English Language Requirements for Student & Temporary Graduate visas. This change was announced as part of the Migration Strategy, released on 11 December 2023 and applies to all Temporary Graduate and Student visa applications lodged on or after 23 March 2024.

In summary, the Migration Strategy outlined how the English language reforms for student visas will support international students to have a positive educational experience in Australia and prepare them for the skilled workforce should they wish to apply for a graduate visa post study. 

Temporary Graduate visa:

  • Minimum score required for a TGV from IELTS test score increases from 6.0 to 6.5 (or equivalent), with a minimum score of 5.5 for each component of the test – reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
  • The test validity window for a TGV decreases from 3 years to 1 year. TGV applicants now need to provide evidence that they have competed an English Language test within 1 year immediately before the date of the visa application.

Student visa:

  • The minimum score required for a student visa from an IELTS test score increases from 5.5 to 6 (or equivalent).
  • The minimum score required to undertake a packaged ELICOS from IELTS increases from 4.5 to 5.0.
  • For students studying English only through ELICOS, there will be no change.
  • The test score required for students undertaking university foundation or pathway programs that deliver reputable English language training will be IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent).

Increasing English language requirements for students undertaking VET and higher education courses requires a similar increase in score for those taking packaged ELICOS courses. For more information on changes to the English Language requirements for a student, see Meet English language requirements.

Feel free to reach out to IME Advisors if you have any questions or concerns!