English language proficiency


English language proficiency – Registration will require achievement of a level of professional proficiency in spoken and written English

English language proficiency

The English language requirements for registration as a teacher are:

  • an IELTS*  (Academic) assessment with an average band score of 7.5 across all four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing – with no score below 7 in any of the four skills areas and a score of no less than 8 in speaking and listening; or
  • an ISLPR**  assessment with a score of level 4 in all four areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing, such assessments to be  deemed valid only if provided by approved testing sites where the assessment is teacher focused; or
  • a PEAT***  assessment of A in all four areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

The date of the assessment must be no more than 2 years prior to the time of application for registration.

English language proficiency assessment is not required for registration as a teacher where the full four years of required higher education study (or qualifications assessed as comparable) have been undertaken in English in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada and the Republic of Ireland. (These are the countries accepted under Australian migration policy as not requiring English language proficiency assessment.)

For further information on how this may affect teachers in your state or territory, please refer to our frequently asked questions

* International English Language Testing System
** International Second Language Proficiency Ratings
*** Professional English Assessment for Teachers