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May 20, 2024

Headline: A Reformed Point Test Introduced to Drive Australia’s Long-term Prosperity

Hey, future Aussies!

Exciting news for skilled migrants: the Australian Government is introducing a major update to its migration system with the New Point Test System 2024! This is the first significant overhaul in over a decade.

The review of the Migration System, conducted by Dr. Martin Parkinson AC PSM, Professor Joanna Howe, and Mr. John Azarias, concluded that a revamped points test should form the core of a future permanent skilled migration program. This update aims to create a more targeted and responsive skilled migration framework in Australia.

Background of the New Point Test System

In December 2023, the Australian Government released the “New Migration Strategy 2024,” outlining a policy roadmap with eight critical actions and twenty-five new policy commitments. This strategy, informed by extensive consultations with businesses, unions, and other stakeholders, including over 450 submissions, aims to modernize Australia’s migration system.

Key Proposed Changes

A discussion paper released on April 26, 2024, details the key proposed changes, which are part of the broader Migration Strategy to better manage net migration and support long-term economic growth in Australia. Key changes include:

  • Focus on Characteristics for Skilled Work: Emphasizing traits that help skilled migrants successfully find work in Australia.
  • Better Matching Skills Needs: Ensuring the skills of migrants align with Australia’s current and future needs.
  • Realistic Application Success: Giving applicants a clearer sense of their chances for success, avoiding ‘permanent temporariness’.
  • Youth Contribution: Recognizing that younger migrants will contribute longer to the Australian workforce.
  • Partner Contributions: Better acknowledging the potential contributions of migrants’ partners.

Australia’s Migration System and the Points Test Reform

This reform is significant for those planning to make Australia their new home. The points test system plays a crucial role in determining the eligibility of skilled migrants for entry into Australia. The point test score calculator helps select individuals with the highest scores to join the Australian workforce. The reformed system will not only address current job market gaps but also ensure that selected migrants contribute to Australia’s future prosperity. The new points test assesses skilled migrants based on age, education, work experience, and English language skills, determining their eligibility for the General Skilled Migration Visa.

Reason for Urgent Overhaul

The review of the Point Test System 2024 is driven by the Australian Government’s vision for long-term success. The primary goal of the reform is to ensure Australia’s continued prosperity. Younger skilled migrants are particularly valued for the vitality and longevity they bring to the workforce.

Submissions for this consultation phase will close on May 24, 2024.


The reformed point test system aims to significantly contribute to Australia’s economic and social future. By promoting an efficient and fair migration system, Australia can meet the emerging needs of various industries and secure a prosperous economy. The Australian Government has enlisted the Australian National University to evaluate the factors driving success in Australia. For a comprehensive understanding, read the discussion paper to see how the improved Points Test can help meet the objectives of the Migration System, enhance living standards, and develop an efficient and fair system for skilled migrants.

For further assistance or detailed information, consult with our team of migration agents who specialize in skilled migration. Visit our website or book an appointment for up-to-date information on the reforms in the Points Test.

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