Australia’s major STEM push: 5 extra migration points for Research Masters and Doctors… Good initiative.

From 10th September 2016 Australia will be awarding additional 5 points in the Skilled points test (489, 189 and 190 visas) for Doctorate/Masters study in certain STEM streams.

The amendment to the points test will enhance the pathway to permanent residence for students who have completed Doctoral or Masters by research-level qualifications in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) or specified information and communication technology (ICT) related fields in Australia.

The current points test will be amended to award additional points for Doctorate and Masters by research-level qualifications gained from Australian universities in STEM, specified ICT and other related fields.

The following fields of education qualifications are proposed to be accepted under this new measure and are defined by the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS):

Field of Education:

Biological Sciences
Chemical Sciences
Earth Sciences
Mathematical Sciences
Natural and Physical Sciences
Other Natural and Physical Sciences
Physics and Astronomy
Computer Science
Information Systems
Information Technology
Other Information Technology
Aerospace Engineering and Technology
Civil Engineering
Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Technology
Engineering and Related Technologies
Geomatic Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering and Technology
Maritime Engineering and Technology
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and Technology
Other Engineering and Related Technologies
Process and Resources Engineering.

Graduates who want to determine whether their qualification is eligible are able to search the CRICOS website. If their qualification is at Doctorate or Masters by research-level and their field of education is listed in the above table then they will be eligible for five additional points towards their points test.





  1. We have been pushing it for a long time – good to see this move from the Australian Govt. It would help Australia to attract high quality students to its universities.


  2. This is great, but many of these feild are not on the SOL list and can’t apply for a permanent visa in the first place. Is that going to be ammended too? The extra point is useless unless the SOL list or requirments for applying for permanent visas change.


  3. Hi Ravi,

    I have done my Master degree ( Master in Computer Application) from India. How many point I will get for 189 visa.

    Thanks & regards,
    Darshan Bisht


  4. they should give such points for PhDs from other european/US universities too. For example PhD from the UK should also get similar points, since AU is under commenwealth.


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