THE NEW POINTS SYSTEM HAS ARRIVED
Recently, major new changes to the Australian points system have been introduced and will be effective on 1st July 2011. The changes DO NOT affect those who have already applied.
These changes introduce a new method of calculating points, a new Pass Mark and other different criteria.
Perhaps the biggest change is that the previous system of awarding points according to your occupation (i.e. 60, 50 or 40 points) has now been removed. Now, all occupations on the Skilled Occupation List are on an equal footing with no points awarded for occupation. However, as a basic entry requirement - an applicant must have a skills assessment and relevant experience in an occupation on the list.
The points for age have been changed with different age brackets introduced. The upper age threshold has now been increased from 45 to 50 years.
More points are available for English language with a distinction between “Proficient” and “Superior” English language ability.
For the first time - points are awarded for qualifications – such as a degree, diploma or trade qualifications.
Work experience points are now more important than under the previous system. Points are awarded for Australian and overseas work experience of up to 8 years.
Points are still awarded for state sponsorship, partner skills, Australian study etc...
A new Pass Mark has been set at 65 points – but obviously no direct comparison can be made with the old Pass Mark of 120 points, as the new points system is completely different.
These changes reflect the most radical development in skilled migration to Australia for many years. The new system will obviously produce winners and losers.
It will be vital to undertake a proper eligibility assessment for each applicant. If you are interested in moving to Australia, then please complete the Online Assessment form on our website so we can see if you qualify on the new system.
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