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Assessment Changes

Sat, 18 Jul, 2009

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Trades people applying to live and work in Australia permanently from July 1 will require increased English language skills under changes introduced by the Rudd Government.

The change will mean that people applying for General Skilled Migration (GSM) visas overseas will have to pass a test showing they have competent English. In the past, the pass mark was vocational English which is a lower standard.

Trades people lodging skilled migration visa applications overseas will be required to meet the new English language level under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test.

This change will bring trade related occupations in line with the English language level required for all other occupations on the Skilled Occupation List.

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