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English language concessions under the Orana DAMA

For all skilled migration visas, the nominee is required to meet English language requirements. Visa applicants demonstrate their English language levels by undergoing accepted English language tests. Exemptions from testing apply for some applicants.

The concessions available for the English language will vary depending on the substantive visa being applied for under the DAMA. The Orana DAMA Occupation List shows the occupations where an English concession is available and you can see more detail on the tables outlined below.

If the nominee is applying for a TSS visa, the average International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score required is 5.0 with no component being less than 4.0 (or the equivalent grading of one of the other English tests). If professional registration for the nominated occupation requires a higher level, then this is the overriding requirement.

If the nominee is applying for an ENS visa, the average IELTS score required is 5.0, with no component being less than 4.5 (or the equivalent grading of one of the other English tests). If professional registration for the nominated occupation requires a higher level, then this is the overriding requirement.

Employers seeking an English concession for an occupation need to provide reasoning as part of their endorsement application. This should explain why a lower level of English language is acceptable for the requested occupation. Consideration should be given to how any workplace safety risks will be managed for workers with lower levels of English.

For the occupations listed in the table below, the following English Language concessions apply:

  1. TSS and SESR concession: Overall IELTS 5.0 (or equivalent) with no minimum band score (unless registration or licensing requires a higher level of English).
  1. ENS concession: Overall score of IELTS 5.0 (or equivalent ) with no component being less than IELTS 4.0 (or equivalent), (unless registration or licensing requires a higher level of English).
ANZSCO Occupation Skill Level English Concession
721111 Agricultural and Hoticultural Mobile Plant Operator 4 Y
31111 Agricultural Technician 2 Y
321111 Automotive Electrician 3 Y
351211 Butcher or Smallgoods Maker 3 Y
331212 Carpenter 3 Y
351311 Chef 2 Y
351411 Cook 3 Y
321212 Diesel Motor Mechanic 3 Y
323211 Fitter (General) 3 Y
323212 Fitter and Turner 3 Y
831211 Meat Boner and Slicer 4 Y
831311 Meat Process Worker 5 Y
234611 Medical Laboratory Scientist 1 Y
322311 Metal Fabricator 3 Y
323299 Metal Fitters and Machinists (nec) 3 Y
323214 Metal Machinist (First Class) 3 Y
712212 Miner 4 Y
721999 Mobile Plant Operators(nec) 4 Y
321211 Motor Mechanic (General) 3 Y
324111 Panelbeater 3 Y
831212 Slaughterer 4 Y
331112 Stonemason 3 Y
733111 Truck Driver (General) 4 Y
324311 Vehicle Painter 3 Y
322313 Welder (First Class) 3 Y

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