Both Australia and New Zealand have similar point based system. You get allocated points for your age, work experience, qualification(s) and your occupation must to be listed on the relevant Skilled Occupation List.
They have a similar three steps application process:
|Pass Mark||65 Points||160 Points|
|Occupation||Occupation must be on the relevant Skilled Occupation list||Occupation must be on the relevant Long Term Skill Shortage List|
|Age||Between 18 or over and less than 45
You can obtain from 15 to 25 Points
|Between 20 or over and less than 55
You can obtain from 5 to 30 Points
|Qualification||Points vary from 10 to 20||Points vary from 40 to 60|
|Overseas Work Experience||Points vary from 5 to 15||Points vary from 10 to 30|
|Local work experience||Additional Points for working in Australia.
Points can vary from 5 to 20
|Additional Points for working in New Zealand.
Points can vary from 5 to 15
|English||Minimum of competent English Level is required for main applicant.
Points can vary from 0 to 20
|Minimum of overall band score of at least 6.5 is required for main applicant.
You do not obtain points for English.
|Skills Assessment||It is required prior to EOI application||It is required prior to EOI application|
|Education||Additional 5 Points for studying in Australia||Additional 10 to 15 Points for studying in New Zealand|
|Study in Regional Area||Additional 5 Points for studying in regional Australia or a low population area||N/A|
|Qualification in an identified future growth area||N/A||Additional 10 Points|
|Qualification in an area of absolute shortage||N/A||Additional 10 Points|
|Local Job offer in relevant work experience||N/A||Additional 50 Points for a New Zealand Job offer|
|Work Experience in the growth area||N/A||Additional 10 to 15 Points|
|Work Experience in Skills Shortage||N/A||Additional 10 to 15 Points|
|Partner Skill Qualification||Additional 5 Points||Points can vary from 10 to 20|
|Designated Language||Additional 5 Points||N/A|
|Professional Year||Additional 5 Points||N/A|
|A family member living in the Country||No additional Points||Additional 10 Points|
For those who do not meet the points test for Australian General Skilled Migration but want to look at New Zealand believing that it would be easier; unfortunately, it is not. Unless you have your occupations listed on the Long Term Skill Shortage List and obtain bonus points; or have a job offer from a New Zealand employer, you are not going to be able to reach the minimum requirement pass mark.