Who can claim partner skills points?

On 16 November 2019, the government introduced a new points test system for skilled visas. In brief, the new point test allows applicants to claim an additional 5 – 10 points depending on the partner’s age, educational qualification/occupation and English language skills.

10 points – partner with relevant age, skills and English

Your partner must meet the following requirements for you to claim 10 points for skills.

  1. Your partner must be under 45 years old (at the time the invitation to apply for the visa is issued).
  2. Your partner must have a suitable skills assessment from the relevant assessing authority for their nominated skilled occupation.
  3. Competent English (IELTS 6 or equivalent)
  4. Your partner’s occupation must be an eligible occupation, There are three lists; ROL, ‘short term’ and ‘medium to long term’.
Examples of claiming 10 partner points for skills (assuming your partner meets age and English)

You are applying for a 189 Visa, Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL), and partner’s occupation is on the 190 Visa, Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL).

You partner cannot contribute points for skills for 189 and 491 Family Stream. Your partner would contribute 10 skills points for 491 State Sponsored stream and 190 visa.

You are applying for the 189 Visa (MLTSSL), and partner’s occupation is also on the 189 Visa List (MLTSSL).

In this scenario, you would be able to claim 10 points for partner skills. An example of this would be that you are a Biomedical Engineer which is on the MLTSSL and your partner is a Chef which is also on the MLTSSL.

Your partner would need to apply to the relevant accessing authority to obtain a skill assessment.

You are applying for the 491 visa, and partner’s occupation is also on the 491 Occupation List:.

You can claim 10 points for partner skills.

  • Applying for a 190 visa: PA (principal applicant) is on the 190 list (ICT project manager) and partner is an accountant (MLTSSL) : 10 points for partner skills
  • Applying for a 190 visa: PA is on the 190 list (ICT project manager) and partner is on the ROL list (real estate representative) or STSOL for PA and Regional for partner: 0 points for partner skills
  • Applying for a 189 visa: PA is an accountant (MLTSSL) and partner is ICT project manager (STSOL): 0 points for partner skills
  • Applying for 491 visa: PA is a real estate representative (ROL) and partner is a real estate representative (ROL): 10 points for partner skills

5 Points for partner’s English

You can claim 5 points if your spouse or de facto partner has competent English. For Australian migration purposes, competent English is defined as:

  • IELTS – At least 6 for each 4 components
  • PTE – At least 50 for each 4 components
  • TOEFL iBT – At least 12 for listening, 13 for reading, 21 for writing and 18 for speaking
  • OET – At least B for each of the 4 components
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced test – At least 169 in each of the 4 components

10 points – Single or partner is an Australian citizen or permanent resident

As the title suggests, if you are single or if your partner is an Australian citizen or permanent resident, you may claim the additional 10 points.

Summary Table
You are single or your partner is an Australian citizen or permanent resident 10 points
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:

  • were under 45 years old
  • had competent English
  • had nominated a skilled occupation that is eligible for points
  • had a suitable skills assessment from the relevant assessing authority for their nominated skilled occupation.
10 points
Your spouse or de facto partner must also be an applicant for this visa and has competent English

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.

5 points

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