English for Visas

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) requires certain standards of English language proficiency for a range of different visas. They accept the following English language tests:

Depending on which visa you are applying for, the English language requirements vary, however the DIBP uses the same terminology (Functional, Vocational, Competent, Proficient and Superior) across all visa subclasses. For Skillselect visas, your level of English can contribute to your points test result.

English Language
proficiency level
Test componentIELTSTOEFL
iBT
PTE
Academic
Cambridge English:
Advanced (CAE)*
OET
FunctionalAverage/total/overall across test components only4.53230147n/a
VocationalListening5.0436154B
Reading5.0436154B
Writing5.01436154B
Spea​king5.01436154B
CompetentListening6.01250169B
Reading6.01350169B
Writing6.02150169B
Speaking6.01850169B
Proficient
(for points tested Skilled visas)
Listening7.02465185B
Reading7.02465185B
Writing7.02765185B
Speaking7.02365185B
Superior
(for points tested Skilled visas)
Listening8.02879200A
Reading8.02979200A
Writing8.03079200A
Speaking8.02679200A

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection allows you to prove your English language ability in various ways. Click on the links below to find out the methods of proof acceptable to DIBP for each level of ability: