Recent changes in Australian Student Visa Program update

Proposed date for stage one implementation of the Knight Review changes

The stage one implementation of the Knight Review changes to the student visa program is proposed to commence from 5 November 2011.
See: Government Response to the Knight Review of the Student Visa Program

New English Language Tests for Student Visas from 5 November 2011

From 5 November 2011, the department will accept English language test results from the following alternative tests to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) for Student visa purposes taken in any country:

Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT)
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test (also known as Certificate in Advanced English)

Please find the link: http://www.immi.gov.au/students/whats_new.htm