As of 18 October 2017 there is no need for a PTE or any English proficiency test score to be eligible to apply for an Australian citizenship.
In April 2017, the Federal Government had proposed a number of changes and enhancements to the Australian Citizenship application process. Main among the measures were 2 significant changes:
- Increasing the qualifying period as a Permanent Resident from 2 to 4 years; and
- Mandating a English proficiency test score (PTE, IELTS, TOEFL etc)
Since the announcement, there was strong opposition to the government’s proposed changes. And, as expected, Labor totally opposed both measures and vowed to ensure they would not succeed in being passed by the Federal Parliament.
Whilst the government was able to pass the legislation in the House of Representatives, it failed in the Senate where Labor, Greens, and a number of cross-bench Senators voted against the measures.
As a result, on 18 October 2017, the Federal Government withdrew its bill from the Parliament.
What this means is that for now, future citizenship applicants do NOT have to achieve any English proficiency score.
Does it mean the proposed changes are dead forever? Maybe not. If the government can win enough cross-bench support in the future, it can always re-introduce the bill.
But, until then, there is no need for a PTE or any English proficiency score for future citizenship applicants.