TRA Skill Assessment

TRA skill assessment service is for prospective migrants, who gained trade skills overseas or International students who completed their trade qualifications in Australia.

TRA Skills Assessments Programs

TRA offers a number of different tra assessment programs based on your occupation, country of passport, where you studied and the type of visa you are seeking.

TRA Job Ready Program (JRP)

The TRA Job Ready Program (JRP) is an employment-based skills assessment program for international student graduates with an Australian qualification. The JRP provides applicants with the opportunity to develop their skills and gain employment experience in an Australian workplace before applying to the Department of Home Affairs for a skills migration visa.

The JRP is a four step program: 1. Provisional Skills Assessment (PSA): Complete 360 hours of workplace training before applying. Fees is A$300; 2. Job Ready Employment (JRE): Complete 1725 hours of workplace training during it. Fees is A$500; 3. Job Ready Workplace Assessment (JRWA): Complete 863 hours over six months from the JRE start date. Fees is A$2000; 4. Job Ready Final Assessment (JRFA): Complete 1725 hours over 12 months from the start of JRE start date. Fees is A$150.

TRA TSS Skills Assessment Program

The Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Skills Assessment Program is for applicants who require a skills assessment to apply to the Department of Home Affairs for the Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482). There are two skills assessment pathways available under this program: Pathway 1: For applicants who do not hold Australian qualifications in their trade; Pathway 2: For applicants who hold Australian qualifications in their trade.

TRA Offshore Skills Assessment

The Offshore Skills Assessment Program (OSAP) is for applicants who require a skills assessment to apply to the Department of Home Affairs for a skilled migration visa.

TRA Migration Skills Assessment

The Migration Skills Assessment (MSA) Program is for applicants who require a skills assessment to apply to the Department of Home Affairs for a skilled migration visa.

TRA Migration Points Advice

The Migration Points Advice (MPA) Program is for applicants with a successful Trades Recognition Australia skills assessment outcome who are applying to the Department of Home Affairs for a points-tested, independent skilled migration visa.

1. JRP Provisional Skills Assessment (PSA)

To be eligible for a PSA you must have:

- Held an international student visa (as the primary visa holder) to study in Australia.
- A qualification relevant to an occupation assessed by TRA, and awarded by a CRICOS RTO as a result of study in Australia.
- Evidence of a minimum of 360 hours of employment and/or a vocational placement relevant to your qualification and nominated occupation, completed in an Australian workplace, within the three (3) years prior to submitting a PSA application.

A successful PSA outcome can be used to apply to Home Affairs for a Temporary Graduate visa (Subclass 485). A successful PSA outcome is required before you can apply for Step 2 JRE of the JRP.

Applicant documents for JRE

Your PSA application documents must be uploaded in PDF format and include the following:

- A copy of the passport identification page of your current passport. If the qualification you are submitting was completed under a different passport, a copy of the passport identification page of your previous passport must also be included.
- A copy of your Australian qualification(s) relevant to your nominated occupation.The full academic transcript of results for all your provided qualification(s), including the commencement and completion dates of study in Australia; and
- Evidence of a minimum of 360 hours of employment and/or a vocational placement relevant to your qualification and nominated occupation. Evidence must be provided as a single PDF document with pay slips in date order.

Employment Evidence Requirements

For employment to be eligible for PSA purposes, it must be undertaken at an Australian workplace within the three (3) years prior to the date of application for a PSA. Employment evidence comprises both Pay Evidence and Work Statements as set out below:

Pay Evidence

Copies of pay evidence such as pay slips or payroll printouts to support any periods of claimed employment.

Subcontracting arrangements may be accepted if it was with a single contractor who can confirm in a written statement the nature of the work you have done, the hours completed, and is accompanied by copies of invoices and bank statements.

Pay or subcontracting evidence must meet the requirements outlined in the table below.

Employees

Copies of pay slips showing a minimum of: Name of employee, Name of employer, Employer ABN (if they have one), Hours worked and/or hourly rate, Gross pay, Dates worked; or

Copy of payroll printout from the employer showing a minimum of: Name of employee, Name of employer, Employer ABN (if they have one), Dates worked, Hours worked, Gross payments.

Copies of bank statements (If requested) showing the deposits for the above pay slips or payroll print out.

Sub‐Contracting Arrangements

Copies of invoices showing a minimum of: Your ABN as a subcontractor, Dates worked, Hours billed for each job, Total amount of hours billed, Business name and ABN of the other, party to the subcontracting arrangements.

Copies of bank statements, which show the deposits for the above invoices. The statements must clearly identify that the deposits are from the other party to the subcontracting arrangements. The relevant deposits should be highlighted and the corresponding invoice number noted on the statement.

Work Statements

A copy of a signed and dated work statement from your employer(s)/contractor with the following details:
- Be on letterhead used by your employer’s business.
- State your occupation.
- State the start and finish dates of your employment and total hours of employment.
- A description of your work, including the regular tasks and duties, tool and equipment used; and
- Be signed and dated by the employer or a person authorised by the employer, including: the name, position and telephone contact details of the person making the statement.

Vocational Placement Evidence Requirements

Copies of time sheets or logbooks to support any periods of claimed vocational placements completed in Australia in the last three years. Time sheets or logbooks must show the hours worked.

Copies of work statements from the RTO to support your claims of vocational placements completed in Australia in the last three years.

Work statements for vocational placements must:
- Be on letterhead used by the RTO.
- Confirm the vocational placement was undertaken as a requirement of the qualification you submitted.
- State the start and finish dates, total hours, and the location of the vocational placement.
- Include a description of the nature and content of the work undertaken; and
- Be signed and dated by an authorised person, including the name, position and
- Telephone contact details of the person making the statement.
- All employment and/or vocational placement evidence submitted must total a minimum of 360 hours.

2. JRP Job Ready Employment (JRE)

To be Eligible for JRE You Must

- Have received a successful PSA outcome.
- Have less than 4 months remaining on your student visa.
- Hold or have lodged an application with Home Affairs for a visa that has full (unrestricted) work rights and provides sufficient time to complete Steps 2‐4 of the JRP (a minimum of 12 months).
- Have secured eligible employment.

Note: A student visa with more than 4 months remaining or a training visa are not accepted visas for this program.

Application documents

Your JRE application documents include the following:
- Employment Verification Report (EVR), signed and dated by your employer and nominated supervisor.
- A copy of your current Visa Grant Notification (TRA does not accept VEVO printouts). If you have pending Visa notices these should also be provided.
- Pay evidence that covers your prior employment claim period, if applicable. Pay evidence must be provided as a single PDF document with pay slips in date order.
- A copy of your passport identification page if you have been issued a new passport since you applied for your PSA.

Additional Employer or Change of Employer

If you have more than one employer, or change employers during the program, you must submit the employment details through the TRA Portal.
It is recommended you do this as soon as possible after commencing your new employment. Your employment hours with any additional or new employers will be calculated from the date the employer’s details were registered in the TRA Online Portal. TRA will not accept any hours worked before the date you registered the employer online. There is no JRE application fee payable to register any additional employers for JRE.
You must also complete an EVR for any additional or new employer. Please select the form relevant to your occupation. You cannot exceed five (5) employers, and at least 863 paid work hours must be completed with the one employer.

JRE Start Date

Your JRE Start Date is generally the date you applied through the TRA Online Portal unless the date is varied by TRA. Your JRE Start Date is available in your TRA Online Portal account.

Claiming Prior Employment

You can claim up to three consecutive months of paid employment that was undertaken immediately prior to applying online for JRE. This can only be claimed at the time of submitting your JRE application online.

To make a claim, you must complete the prior employment section of your JRE online application and provide TRA with acceptable pay evidence for the period being claimed. Pay evidence must be provided as a single PDF document with pay slips in date order. TRA will assess your claim based on the paid work evidence submitted as part of your JRE application. Prior employment will only be considered where it was:
- Undertaken with the first eligible employer you registered for JRE.
- In your nominated occupation.
- Undertaken in the three months immediately prior to your online JRE application.
- Current and ongoing on the date you submitted your online JRE application.
- Not already used to meet the work requirements for your PSA application.
- Supported with acceptable pay evidence.
- For employment arrangements approved by TRA.

A revised JRE Start Date and any approved claimed work hours will be added to the Total Approved Hours table in the TRA Online Portal if your employment is approved by TRA. TRA will contact you once your claim has been processed.

You must complete at least 1725 hours of paid employment in your nominated occupation over a minimum of 12 calendar months from your JRE Start Date. Periods of leave (including paid leave) cannot be included in the 1725 hours.

If you are in part‐time employment or have periods of unemployment or extended leave, it may take you longer than 12 calendar months to complete the required 1725 hours.

If you complete 1725 hours in less than 12 calendar months, you will still be required to complete 12 months from your JRE Start Date to be eligible to apply for your Job Ready Final Assessment.

Eligible Employment

For your employment to be eligible, it must:
- Be with your current employer when you register the employer online.
- Not have been used to meet the work component of the PSA.
- Involve work at an appropriate skill level and include a range of tasks and duties relevant to your nominated occupation.
- Be paid in accordance with applicable industrial awards or agreements and Australian workplace relations laws.

- Be in an employer‐employee arrangement where:
- Work is assigned to you by your employer/supervisor and you complete the work under their direction
- You work the number of hours per day/shift as agreed by your employer
- The employer provides you with pay slips
- The employer makes superannuation contributions on your behalf
- You accrue annual leave and/or other leave entitlements, such as leave loading under a casual employment agreement
- Be registered and approved by TRA following validation of your EVR.

Subcontractor Work

TRA may consider subcontractor work where your contracting arrangements meet the general JRE employment eligibility requirements; and
- You are able to complete at least 863 hours of your work with a single contractor.
- The contractor you work for is willing to sign your EVR and Skills Progress Report as if they were your supervisor.

Employment Verification

An EVR seeks information that will assist TRA determine whether your employment arrangements provide sufficient opportunity for you to do a range of tasks and duties to demonstrate your skills, using industry‐accepted practices and tools/equipment relevant to your nominated occupation.

The employer and nominated supervisor listed in your application must complete and sign the EVR. The EVR must be uploaded in the TRA Online Portal with your JRE application documents.

An EVR must also be completed and uploaded in the TRA Online Portal for any additional employer details submitted.

TRA will conduct a number of online verification checks to confirm the existence and authenticity of the workplace listed in your TRA Online Portal account and EVR. Your employer or supervisor may be contacted to confirm your work arrangements, and if necessary, a site visit will be arranged.

Your employment will not be suitable if:
- It does not include tasks and duties at the skill level appropriate for your nominated occupation
- It is unlikely to provide you with access to an appropriate range of tasks and duties for your nominated occupation
- It does not provide you with access to industry‐accepted tools and equipment relevant to your nominated occupation
- You are not being paid.

If you receive advice from TRA that your employment is not suitable, that period of employment cannot be counted towards the JRP. If this occurs, you must find different employment that meets the JRP requirements.

Skills Progress Report

A Skills Progress Report (SPR) is a self-assessment record of the skills and activities you have undertaken in your workplace.

The purpose of the SPR is to confirm you are developing your skills and experience in the workplace, using the appropriate tools and equipment, and doing the duties expected for your occupation in an Australian workplace.

You must provide a SPR under any of the following circumstances if you have not yet achieved a successful JRWA:
- You have worked with an employer for more than six months since your JRE Start Date.
- You are ending your employment with an employer you had previously registered.
- TRA requests a SPR.

The SPR must be confirmed and signed by your supervisor or employer nominated for the workplace. TRA will email you when your SPR is due.

Completed SPR's and corresponding pay evidence must be uploaded through the TRA Online Portal document uploads link in PDF format. Pay evidence must be provided as a single PDF document with pay slips in date order.

SPR's can be accessed from the TRA website www.tradesrecognitionaustralia.gov.au/skills-progress-reports Please select the form relevant to your occupation. Once your SPR and pay evidence are verified by TRA, your work hours will be updated in the Total Approved Hours table on your Home Page in the TRA Online Portal.

Completed SPR's will be provided to the TRA-appointed workplace assessor to guide the planning of your JRWA. Therefore, it is important that SPR's are an accurate record of the work you undertake in your workplace.

Pay Evidence

You will be required to provide pay evidence for any employment approved by TRA. The table below provides information on the pay evidence accepted by TRA. TRA will email you when your pay evidence is due.

Employees

Copies of pay slips showing a minimum of: Name of employee, Name of employer, Employer ABN (if they have one), Hours worked and/or hourly rate, Gross pay, Dates worked; or

Copy of payroll printout from the employer showing a minimum of: Name of employee, Name of employer, Employer ABN (if they have one), Dates worked, Hours worked, Gross payments.

Copies of bank statements (If requested) showing the deposits for the above pay slips or payroll print out.

Sub‐contractors

Copies of invoices showing a minimum of: Your ABN as a subcontractor, Dates worked, Hours billed for each job, Total amount of hours billed, Business name and ABN of the other party to the subcontracting arrangements.

Copies of bank statements, which show the deposits for the above invoices. The statements must clearly identify that the deposits are from the other party to the subcontracting arrangements. The relevant deposits should be highlighted and the corresponding invoice number noted on the statement.

3. JRP Job Ready Workplace Assessment (JRWA)

The purpose of the JRWA is to determine whether you are operating in the workplace at the required skill level for the occupation nominated in your application. An assessor from a TRA‐approved RTO will conduct your JRWA and will focus on the activities you have been required to perform during your employment as recorded in your SPR. TRA will email you when your records indicate you may be eligible for your JRWA.

To be eligible for a JRWA, the following is required
- Your employment arrangements must have been approved by TRA
- Acceptable pay evidence for at least 863 hours over a minimum of six months from your JRE Start Date
- Acceptable SPRs, EVRs and any other relevant information confirming you are performing expected tasks and duties and developing the skills required for your nominated occupation.

TRA will review your pay evidence and SPRs and advise you by email when you are eligible to apply for a JRWA.

Change to Employment Arrangements

If you have a new employer, you must submit the employment details through the TRA Online Portal before you apply for a JRWA. There is no JRE application fee payable to register any additional employers for JRE.
An EVR must also be completed and uploaded in the TRA Online Portal for any additional employers’ details submitted through the TRA Online Portal. EVRs can be accessed from the TRA website www.tradesrecognitionaustralia.gov.au/programs-job-ready-program/job-ready-employment-verification-report. Please select the form relevant to your occupation.
Before your JRWA arrangements can proceed, new work arrangements must be approved by TRA. In addition, you must provide pay evidence for at least one month of work after the date you submitted your subsequent employer online.

Assignment of TRA‐Approved Assessor

When your JRWA application has been registered by TRA, the following will be provided to a TRA‐approved RTO:
- Contact details for you and your employer/supervisor
- A copy of your SPRs, EVRs and any other relevant information
- A copy of your Australian qualification
- A copy of your passport identification page.

The TRA-approved RTO will allocate an assessor to conduct your workplace assessment. The assessor will:
- Contact you and your employer/supervisor to organise a time and date that is suitable to conduct the assessment
- Discuss with you the work you have done and the tools and equipment that would be available for the assessment
- Review the documentation provided by TRA
- Prepare an assessment plan detailing what you will be required to do during the assessment. The plan will be provided to you and your employer/supervisor before the scheduled date of the assessment.

4. JRP Job Ready Final Assessment (JRFA)

The JRFA is the fourth and final step of the JRP. A successful JRFA outcome can be used to apply to Home Affairs for an Skilled Migration visa. TRA will email you when your records indicate you may be eligible for your JRFA.

To be eligible to apply for a JRFA you must have

- Your employment arrangements approved by TRA.
- Achieved a successful JRWA outcome.
- Provided TRA with acceptable pay evidence: For at least 1725 hours of employment in your nominated occupation; and that demonstrates a minimum of 12 months of active employment from your JRE Start Date. Extended periods of leave or periods of unemployment do not count towards this requirement.

JRFA Outcome

Within 45 days of receipt of your JRFA application, you will receive a letter by email confirming you have completed all steps of the Job Ready Program and have attained a successful skills assessment in your nominated occupation.
This letter is not a qualification, nor does it represent formal accreditation of your skills and experience. It can only be used to apply to Home Affairs for a permanent independent skilled migration visa.
You will receive an unsuccessful skills assessment outcome if it is found that documents you have provided during JRE contained false or misleading information.

Review of JRFA Outcome

If you disagree with the outcome of your assessment, you have 90 days from the date of your assessment outcome letter to apply for a review of your assessment outcome.
A review will consider information and evidence submitted throughout your participation in the JRP and any additional evidence provided in the review application to support your claims.
Your outcome letter will contain information about how to apply for a review and the associated review fee. Please read the TRA Assessment Review Policy on the TRA website www.tradesrecognitionaustralia.gov.au before applying for a review.
An applicant is eligible for a refund of the review fee when a skills assessment outcome of the original application has been substituted with a favourable outcome as a result of the review application, where the review was conducted solely based on the evidence provided in the original application.
An applicant is not eligible for a refund of the review fee where the applicant provided additional evidence to be assessed in the review application that was not provided in the original application.
You will be notified of the outcome of the review application by letter.

TRA Skill Assessment Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility Criteria for Different Streams

The applicant must satisfy criteria under atleast one stream of the TRA Assessment programs.

To apply for Job Ready Program you must have completed an Australian qualification directly related to an occupation on the Medium and Long Term Skills Shortage List, as a primary holder of student visa. You must also have completed a minimum of 360 hours of employment and/or a vocational placement, directly related to your qualification and occupation, in an Australian workplace, and completed within the three years immediately prior to submitting your JRP application.

For TSS Skills assessment program, you need to show evidence of skills and experience, such as training documents, evidence of employment and employment statements. If you are licensed with no formal training then 6 years of experience, if licensed with training then 4 years of experience, a non-licensed trade with no formal training will need 5 years of experience, and non-licensed trade with formal training, 3 years of experience.

To apply for Job Ready Program you must have completed an Australian qualification directly related to an occupation on the Medium and Long Term Skills Shortage List, while being an international student in Australia, as a primary holder of student visa.

TRA Skills Assessment Checklist

To obtain skills assessment you will need to provide the following:

1. Identity documents such as passport, and if your name has been changed, then proof of name change such as marriage or divorce certificate.

2. All your academic certificates and transcripts after year 12.

3. Your employment reference letters, payslips, tax records, superannuation payment records and bank statements within last 10 years.

4. Some skills assessment authorities may also require english test results.