Monday the 20th of April 2015
Volume 368

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English requirement changes to 485, 476 and 457 visas                                         
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English requirements have been lowered for these TR visas

On Saturday the Migration regulations were modified to reflect the new lower English levels in order to meet the 485, 476 and 457 visa requirements. Please refer to the tables below for the minimum results needed on one of the six tests approved for this purpose.


There are two important issues to note about these test results;


1) In the case of the 485 and 476 visas, these tests must have been undertaken within three years before the application was made and in particular the Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test must have been undertaken on or after 1 January 2015;


2) The IELTS, PTE (Academic), CAE and TOEFL iBT tests results must have been completed as a result of single test sitting


It still remains the case that if you hold a passport from the United States of America, Canada, United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland or New Zealand, you do not need to provide an English test result.


485 and 476 Visas 



Min Overall Score Total Overall Score  Minimum

 scores    allowed      
    ListeningReading  Speaking Writing  
IELTS   6  5 5 5 5
TOFEL iBT    64 4 4 14 14
 PTE Academic  50  36 36 36 36
 CAE 169  154 154 154 154

457 Visa


SPECIFY for the purposes of subparagraph 457.223(4)(eb)(v), the following scores;  

Minimum    scores allowed   
  Listening Reading Speaking Writing 
IELTS Overall
band 5.0  
 4.5 4.5 4.5 4.5
Total band 36   3 3 12 12
band 36 
 30 30 30 30
CAE Overall band 154  147 147 147 147


 At a glance, test prices and bookings





(in Sydney)



18 April 2015



23 May 2015



12 April 2015


PEARSON Test of English (PTE) Academic

03 June 2015


Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)

30 May 2015 (UNSW)

6th June 2015 (Navitas) 









4 Corners tonight -
"Degrees of Deception"
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Tonight's 4 Corners program is a must to watch for every international student in Australia
Courtesy of Peter Cronau of the ABC

"Australia has been gripped by a national debate over how to fund our university education. But perhaps there's a more important question: what is it worth?

A Four Corners investigation has unearthed alarming new evidence of a decline in academic standards at institutions around the country.

Lecturers and tutors are grappling with a tide of academic misconduct and pressure from faculty managers to pass weak students. Many say commercial imperatives are overtaking academic rigour.

But why is this happening?

As Federal Government funding for universities has declined, Vice-Chancellors have been forced to look elsewhere to fill the void.

And for much of the past two decades, they've been tapping into a booming market - full fee-paying overseas students.

Right now the country's 40 universities are pulling in billions of dollars from students who are desperate for a degree from an Australian university and the possibility of a job and permanent residency.

But to ensure a steady flow of students from overseas, universities have had to ensure their entry requirements are sufficiently low.

This week, reporter Linton Besser also provides alarming evidence of corruption among the network of overseas agents who tout for business on universities' behalf.

"The risk is they're going to put applicants through to the university with fake qualifications or who they know have cheated on tests, or who are trying to undertake some sort of visa fraud." - Corruption investigator

Ironically, these forces are also placing international students under enormous pressure.

Despite the promises of agents, and after meeting universities' entry requirements, many don't have the level of English needed to successfully undertake a degree course.

It's a situation that leaves students isolated and desperate; a scenario fuelling a thriving blackmarket in plagiarism and the corruption of some academics.

An experienced lecturer has told Four Corners the failure to maintain standards in the course she teaches means graduates could put lives in danger when they begin working.

"They might find themselves being the only registered nurse on duty. And that is something that frightens me." - University Nursing lecturer

With universities now hooked on the income derived from foreign students, very few university employees can openly acknowledge these problems. Those who do, say that they face the possibility they will lose their job."

DEGREES OF DECEPTION, reported by Linton Besser and presented by Kerry O'Brien, goes to air on Monday 20th April at 8.30pm on ABC. It is replayed on Tuesday 21st April at 10.00am and again on Wednesday 22nd at midnight.


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