For those considering opportunities in Australia, it’s crucial to stay informed about recent adjustments in the Migration Strategy. Here’s a guide to the changes in English language requirements for Student and Graduate visas.

Temporary Graduate Visa (TGV)

Current Requirements:

– IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent)

– Test validity window of 3 years

Future Changes (Effective Early 2024):

– Minimum score elevated to IELTS 6.5

– Each test component (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) necessitates a minimum score of 5.5

– Test validity window reduced to 1 year

– Applicants must provide evidence of completing an English Language test within one year before the visa application date


– Changes will be applicable to all Student and Temporary Graduate visa applications submitted on and after the day of commencement.

Student Visa

Current Requirements:

– IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent)

Future Changes:

– Minimum score increased to IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent)


– Applicable to all Student visa applications lodged after the day of commencement.


Current Requirements:

– IELTS 4.5 for packaged ELICOS

Future Changes:

– Minimum score requirement increased to IELTS 5.0 for packaged ELICOS


– No change for students solely studying English through ELICOS, given the generic nature of their study.

University Foundation or Pathway Programs 

Current Requirements:

– IELTS 5.5 for programs delivering English language training

Future Changes:

– Minimum score maintained at IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent) for now

– Further consultation in 2024 for potential adjustments to other pathway programs

Understanding these changes is essential for anyone considering Australian education or work opportunities. For a detailed breakdown of the new Migration Strategy, visit the official website (

*Note: The changes mentioned apply to specific visa types, and it’s advised to check the official guidelines for the most accurate and up-to-date information and consult a migration officer for professional advice.