New English Language Requirements for Temporary Graduate Visa and Student Visa in Australia


Australia recently announced changes to the English language requirements for its Student and Temporary Graduate visas. These changes, part of the Australian Government’s Migration Strategy, aim to enhance the educational experience of international students and better prepare them for the Australian workforce.

Key Changes:

Temporary Graduate Visa (TGV):

  • The IELTS test score requirement has been raised from 6.0 to 6.5, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each test component (reading, writing, speaking, and listening).

  • The validity window for the English language test has been reduced from 3 years to 1 year. Applicants must provide evidence of completing the test within 1 year before the visa application date.

Student Visa:

  • The IELTS test score requirement has been increased from 5.5 to 6.

  • For packaged ELICOS (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students), the IELTS score requirement has been raised from 4.5 to 5.0.

  • There are no changes for students studying English through ELICOS.

  • Students undertaking university foundation studies must achieve an IELTS score of 5.5.

Impact on International Students:

These changes are expected to have a positive impact on international students. By requiring a higher level of English proficiency, students will be better equipped to succeed in their academic pursuits and future careers. Additionally, the reduced validity window for English language tests will ensure that students' language skills remain current and relevant.


Australia's new English language requirements for Student and Temporary Graduate visas reflect the country's commitment to providing a high-quality education for international students. By raising the bar for English proficiency, Australia is ensuring that students are well-prepared for success in their academic and professional endeavours.