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IMMI 15/004 Specifications as made
This instrument operates to specify the qualifications or experience necessary for the purposes of providing evidence of English language proficiency.
Administered by: Immigration and Border Protection
Made 03 Dec 2014
Registered 10 Dec 2014
Tabled HR 09 Feb 2015
Tabled Senate 09 Feb 2015

EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

 

Migration Regulations 1994

Migration Act 1958

 

 

EVIDENCE OF FUNCTIONAL ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY 2015

(Regulation 5.17)

 

 

1.                  This Instrument is made under regulation 5.17 of the Migration Regulations 1994 (the Regulations).

 

2.                  It revokes Instrument IMMI 14/055 (F2014L01551) signed on 23 November 2014.

3.                  The purpose of the Instrument is to:

(a)                specify what qualifications or experience an applicant must have to meet the          definition of functional English; and

(b)                include the Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test; and

(c)                specify that applicants who are citizens of and who hold a valid passport    issued by the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, or the      Republic of Ireland has been determined to have functional English language    proficiency.

4.         The Instrument operates to specify the qualifications or experience necessary for the purposes of providing evidence of English language proficiency. This includes specifying educational experience and results obtained as a consequence of sitting specific English language tests including the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Test, the Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT), the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) and the Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test.

 

5.         The Instrument is of a minor or machinery nature and does not substantially alter existing arrangements.  Consultation was conducted with relevant internal and external stakeholders from the skilled migration officers group, the international education sector and other Commonwealth government agencies in addition to consultations as part of the broader consultation relating to the expansion of alternative English language tests across other visa programmes.

 

6.         The Office of Best Practice Regulation has advised that a Regulatory Impact Statement is not required (OBPR Reference 16643).

 

7.         Under section 44 of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003 the Instrument is exempt from disallowance and therefore a Statement of Compatibility with Human Rights is not required.

 

8.         The Instrument, IMMI 15/004, commences on 1 January 2015.