thinker wrote:Firstly if you are applying for Skilled Independent Migration here are the min. score:
Professional - you require a band score of 6 in each of the category in IELTS.
Tradesperson - you only require 5 in each.
They take the minimum score, not the band score, as far as I know.
For higher points, you need at least 7.0
Some skill assessment authorities insist on at least 7.0 (and some demand the academic IELTS).
The original poster would be strongly advised to read the relevant migration information at http://www.immi.gov.au
it's all there.