We are pleased to see that the Department of Immigration and Border Protection will now allow more flexibility in English language testing for certain visa applicants. From 1 November 2014 the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) and Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL – iBT) will be accepted for the following visa categories:

  • Distinguished Talent (Australian support) (subclass 124)
  • Business Talent (subclass 132)
  • Former Resident (subclass 151)
  • Business Owner (provisional) (subclass 160)*
  • Senior Executive (provisional) (subclass 161)*
  • Investor (provisional) (subclass 162)*
  • State/Territory Sponsored Business Owner (provisional) (subclass 163)*
  • State/Territory Sponsored Senior Executive (provisional) (subclass 164)*
  • State/Territory Sponsored Investor (provisional) (subclass 165)*
  • Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186)
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187)
  • Business Innovation & Investment (provisional) (subclass 188)
  • Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)
  • Skilled – Nominated (subclass 190)
  • Work and Holiday (temporary) (subclass 462)
  • Skilled – Recognised Graduate (subclass 476)
  • Temporary Graduate (subclass 485)
  • Skilled – Regional (provisional) (subclass 489)
  • Distinguished Talent (subclass 858)
  • Skilled – Regional (subclass 887)
  • Business Innovation and Investment (permanent) (subclass 888)
  • Business Owner (Residence) (subclass 890)
  • Investor (Residence) (subclass 891)
  • State/Territory Sponsored Business owner (Residence) (subclass 892)
  • State/Territory Sponsored Investor (Residence) (subclass 893)

*Closed to new applications, but family members can apply.

From 2015, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection will also accept the Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test for all visa programs. The implementation date is yet to be announced.

Interestingly, the 457 visa is excluded from this list and no changes have been made to the English language test requirements at this stage. The 457 visa is currently undergoing an independent review. Look out for future updates regarding the 457 visa review!