The Australian Skilled Independent Visa options require the visa applicant to pass a Points Test based on the individuals personal characteristics, qualifications, and experience. The government announced a suite of changes to occur on the 16th November 2019, including some additional Points categories and a change in some of the skilled visa options that will be made on that date. The following page provides the details of the Points that can be obtained, as of the 16th November 2019. Prior to the 16th November the minimum points score required was 65, note that at the time of writing (July 2019) no change in this figure had been announced but you should be aware that this may increase.
this point calculator should only be used as a basic guide. It is based purely on the details that you input (it does not confirm eligibility)
in addition to meeting the points requirement there are additional criteria that an applicant must meet
your skills and qualifications must be positively assessed as meeting those expected for the occupation you are nominating
Meeting the required points score will enable you to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the Dept. of Home Affairs (meeting the minimum points score does not in itself lead to an invitation to apply for a visa). The SkillSelect EOI process is a competitive system and EOI's within the system, each month a quota of invitations will be made to individuals meeting the departments priority criteria. EOIs can potentially remain in the pool for a period of up to 2 years after which if not invited within that period they will be removed.
The skilled visa options that require you to meet the minimum points score are:
Subclass 189 Skilled Independent visa : a permanent residence visa
Subclass 190 Skilled Nominated visa: a permanent residence visa. Requires nomination from a state/territory.
Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional): a temporary visa with a potential pathway to permanent residence assuming the eligibility criteria are met. Requires nomination from a state/territory.