Updated Point System for

Business Visa Programs of Australia

Subclass 188 Visa
= 65 Points (Pass Mark)
  • Points for Age
  • Age 18–24 Years: 20 Points
  • Age 25–32 Years: 30 Points
  • Age 33–39 Years: 25 Points
  • Age 40–44 Years: 20 Points
  • Age 45–54 Years: 15 Points
  • Age 55 and Older: 20 Points
  • Points for English Language Ability
  • Vocational English: 05 Points
  • Proficient English: 10 Points
  • Points for Educational Qualifications
  • Trade certificate, diploma or bachelor degree by an Australian education institute; or a bachelor qualification recognised by an educational institution of a recognised standard: 05 Points
  • A Bachelor degree in business, science or technology by an Australian institution; or a bachelor qualification in business, science or technology by an educational institution of a recognised standard: 10 Points
  • Points for Financial Assets
  • Net business and personal assets of you, your partner or you and your partner combined in each of the preceding 2 fiscal years immediately before the time of invitation of at least:
  • Not Less Than AU $1,250,000 : 05 Points
  • Not Less Than AU $1,750,000: 15 Points
  • Not Less Than AU $2,250,000: 25 Points
  • Not Less Than AU $2,750,000: 35 Points
  • Points for Business Turnover
  • If you are invited to apply for the visa on or after 1 July 2021, you had an ownership interest in one or more main businesses that had an annual turnover in at least 2 of the 4 fiscal years immediately before the time of invitation to apply for the visa:
  • Not Less Than AU $750,000: 05 Points
  • Not Less Than AU $1,250,000: 15 Points
  • Not Less Than AU $1,750,000: 25 Points
  • Not Less Than AU $2,250,000​: 35 Points
  • Points for Business Experience
  • (Business Innovation Stream Only)
  • You have held 1 or more main businesses before you were invited to apply for the visa for:
  • Not less than 4 years within the preceding 5 years​: 10 Points
  • Not less than 7 years within the preceding 8 years: 15 Points
  • Points for Investor Experience
  • (Investor Stream Only)
  • If you are invited to apply for the visa on or after 1 July 2021, immediately before the time of invitation to apply for the visa you held eligible investments of at least AU $250,000 held for:
  • Not less than 4 years: 10 Points
  • Not less than 7 years: 15 Points
  • Points for Business innovation Qualifications
  • Patents or designs registered not less than 1 year before that time and used in the day to day activities of the main business : 15 Points
  • Trademarks registered not less than 1 year before that time and used in the day to day activities of the main business: 10 Points
  • An ownership in and day to day participation in the management of one or more main business operated under a formal joint venture agreement/s entered into no less than 1 year before the time: 05 Points
  • An ownership interest in a main business/s that derives no less than 50% of its annual turnover from export trade: 15 Points
  • An ownership interest in a main buisness/s not more that 5 years before : had an average annualised growth in turnover that was greater than 20% per annum over 3 continuous fiscal years; and in at least one of the 3 fiscal years employed 10 or more employees for a total number of hours that was at least the total number of hours that would have been worked by 10 full-time employees: 10 Points
  • An ownership interest in a main business/s that received : a grant from a government body in your home country of at least AUD10,000 for the purposes of early phase start up of a business, product commercialisation, business development or business expansion or venture capital funding of at least AUD100,000 not more than 4 years before the time of the invitation for the purposes of early phase start up of a business, product commercialisation, business development or business expansion: 10 Points
  • Points for Special Endorsement
  • The nominating State or Territory government agency has determined that your proposed business is of unique and important benefit to the State or Territory where the nominating government agency is located: 10 Points
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