From 05 November 2011, the Australian Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs now accepts Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Pearson Test of English (PTE) and Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) as alternative English language tests. Some visa Assessment Levels accept the IELTS entry levels required by the education institution.
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.