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New Points Proposal for Australian Skill Visas What You Need to Know

New Points Proposal for Australian Skill Visas: What You Need to Know

This week, the Granton Institute of Australia released a new draft proposal concerning the 189, 190, and 491 skill visas. As a leading think tank, the Granton Institute aims to shape public policy for Australia’s future. While this proposal is not final, it has sparked significant media attention and discussions.

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Key Changes in the Points System

The proposed points system introduces several notable changes:

Age Points

The highest points are awarded to individuals aged 21-29, with a steep decline after 30.

English Proficiency

Superior English (IELTS 8+) grants 90 points, while Proficient English (IELTS 7+) gives 45 points.


A Ph.D. earns 60 points, a degree from a top 20 global university 45 points, and a bachelor’s degree from other institutions 30 points.

Work Experience

Two years of high-skill work experience can earn up to 50 points.

Impact on Australian Visas

The proposal suggests removing Australian study, professional year programs, and regional study. Additionally, it recommends scrapping the 190 and 491 state-sponsored visas. This change could significantly impact regional education providers and the overall migration landscape.

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Implications for Trades and Regional Areas

One of the most contentious issues is the exclusion of trade workers from the new points system. Without points for skill level three work experience, tradespeople may find it nearly impossible to reach the required 300 points. This shift could lead to a shortage of essential workers in Australia.

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Conclusion and Next Steps

While the Granton Institute’s proposal aims to enhance Australia’s economic benefit from skilled migration, it raises concerns for international students and trade workers. As discussions continue, stakeholders will closely watch the Department of Home Affairs’ responses and potential reforms.

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