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There are two tests available: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. But, the test you choose should be based on what it is you want to do. The Academic test is usually for entry into university. General training is used for migration purposes. The organisation where you plan to work or study sets the requirements. So, before you book your test, you should check which one is right for you. In short, all Australian Universities accept IELTS Academic. And, some schools, workplaces and immigration authorities accept IELTS General Training. Have a look at the difference between IELTS Academic and General training. 

The following table contains the list of colleges and universities in Australia accepting IELTS band scores of 5.5 and above, including the following: 

  • IELTS Overall Scores 

  • Listening Scores 

  • Reading Scores 

  • Writing Scores 

  • Speaking Scores 

For 2023 and 2024 admission intakes, you may be able to use IELTS One Skill Retake. If you miss out on the entry requirements with your full IELTS test, you retake one part of the test without redoing the other three skills. It'll help you feel confident going into your IELTS test.

Universities in Australia accepting IELTS 5.5 and above in 2023 + 2024

Some universities have minimum IELTS scores for each section of the test. But, other universities have overall minimum required IELTS Scores. Now, check this full list of Australian universities and the required IELTS score for entry in 2023 or 2024.

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Australian University IELTS Overall IELTS Writing IELTS Reading IELTS Listening IELTS Speaking
Australian Catholic University6 6 5.5 5.5 6
Charles Darwin University 66666
Charles Sturt University
CQ University
Deakin University 66666
Edith Cowan University 66666
Federation University 66666
Flinders University66--6
James Cook University66666
La Trobe University66666
Murdoch University66666
Southern Cross University65.
Swinburne University of Technology66666
Torrens University Australia65.
University of New England65.
University of Newcastle66666
University of South Australia666--
University of Southern Queensland65.
University of Tasmania65.
University of the Sunshine Coast65.
University of Wollongong66655
Victoria University66666
Australian National University6.56666
Bond University6.56666
Curtin University6.56666
Griffith University6.56666
Macquarie University6.56666
Monash University6.56666
University of Technology6.56666
RMIT University6.56666
The University of Divinity6.56666
University of Adelaide6.56666
University of Canberra6.56666
University of Melbourne6.56666
University of Notre Dame6.56666
University of Queensland6.56666
University of Technology Sydney6.56---
University of Western Australia6.56666
Western Sydney University6.56666
University of New South Wales76666
University of Sydney76666
Carnegie Mellon University-66.56.56

Always check with universities in Australia to make sure the IELTS scores listed here match the required score for admission.

Search Australian organisations which accept IELTS scores

IELTS is recognised by more than 11,500 universities and employers globally. Also, it’s recognised by professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies. Use the search tool to find out who accepts IELTS in Australia. And, check what the minimum band scores are for your university or institution.

All major Australian colleges and universities accept IELTS as proof of English skills

Study in Australia with IELTS 

Just like you, people choose IELTS to support their study ambitions in Australia. Now, they know more than 11,500 organisations globally accept IELTS. It’s the most respected test of English in the world. And, with IELTS, you know that your score can help you with an Australian study visa. Also, it helps you with entry into Australian universities, schools, training colleges and other tertiary institutions. 

IELTS has 50 test venues in Australia. We know getting the results you need is important for your study in Australia. That’s why IELTS also offers you more free practice material than any other language test. IELTS helps you succeed.

Can I study and get admission in Australia with an IELTS 5.5 band: A 2023 + 2024 update

Yes, you can apply to universities and colleges in Australia with an IELTS 5.5 band! However, you must meet some conditions or requirements. Below, you can see some of the tips on getting an offer from an Australian university with an IELTS 5.5. 

Afraid you may not reach the required score? To help you feel confident going into your IELTS test, we’ve developed IELTS One Skill Retake. You can retake one component of the test (Listening, Reading, Writing or Speaking) without redoing the other three parts.

Direct entry 

Generally, to study in Australia, you need to score a minimum 6.5 overall in IELTS, with no band less than 6.0 for your postgraduate degree. And when you apply for your undergraduate options, you need to score a minimum 6.0 overall in IELTS. But, did you know some universities in Australia accept applications from students who have secured a band of 5.5 in any of the sections of IELTS – either speaking, listening, reading or writing? So if you’ve scored a 5.5, say in the reading or speaking section in your last IELTS exam, you can still apply! 

We are here to take you through some of the Australian universities that accept international students with IELTS band 5.5. The list below is based on recent trending courses that are most popular amongst international students. 

Southern Cross University 

To apply for a Bachelor of Accounting at Southern Cross Universityexternal icon, students should have an overall IELTS band of 6.0, with no band less than 5.5. This course includes major areas of study like taxation, law, marketing and communication. 

Trinity College – the University of Melbourne 

Students looking for foundation programmes at Trinity Collegeexternal icon can choose from electives like accounting, chemistry, physics and design. The programme is open to students having IELTS band 5.5 as well as for students with a 6.0 IELTS band. 

Academies Australasia 

Students can apply for an Advanced Diploma of Accounting at Academies Australasiaexternal icon. An overall IELTS score of 5.5 is expected from students applying for the programme. 

CQUniversity Australia 

Students can apply for a Bachelor of Accounting at CQUniversity Australiaexternal icon with an overall IELTS band of 6.0 with no individual band score of less than 5.5. 


RMITexternal icon is a top university in Australia. It has a foundation programme in Business where you can apply with a 5.5 overall in IELTS. This programme aims at helping students progress to degree programmes at RMIT.

Are you looking to stay in Australia for education purposes? An Australian Student Visa (subclass) is your starting point. Generally, you can apply for a student visa by enrolling in: 

  • English Courses 

  • Vocational Courses 

  • University Courses