The Australian Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs now accepts Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Pearson Test of English (PTE), Cambridge English: Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English) (CAE) and Occupational English Test (OET) as alternative English language tests.
Australian education institutions can only accept students with an appropriate level of English proficiency. Institutions set their own English language requirements and may have different English langugage entry levels for the proposed level of course than those required for a student visa. You should check the entry requirements with your proposed institution.
As per Department of Home Affairs (DHA), one must provide evidence of English language skills with visa application, if required.
English language evidence exemptions
You are not required to provide English language evidence if you meet any one of the following criteria.
- If you are citizen of UK, USA, Canada, NZ or Republic of Ireland and should hold valid passport of the country.
- Foreign Affairs or Defence Sponsored Students or a Secondary Exchange student (AASES).
- Students enrolled in a principal course of study that is a registered school course, a standalone English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS), or a registered post-graduate research course.
- Students who have completed at least five years of study in Australia, UK, USA, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa or the Republic of Ireland.
- Students who have successfully completed the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education or study at Certificate IV level or higher in Australia within two years of applying for a student visa.