1.1 Introduction to Trades Recognition Australia

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Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) is a business unit located within the Australian Government Department of Employment and Workplace Relations. It is the relevant skills assessing authority for nominated occupations under the Migration Regulations 1994.

TRA skills assessments are intended to ensure that a successful applicant can perform at the required skill level for their nominated occupation. The skills assessments also provide an assurance to government and to the individual that their training and experience is relevant and appropriate for the Australian labour market.

TRA engages Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) to perform aspects of the skills assessment process on its behalf under certain programs. The skills assessments are for non-Australian passport holders who have gained trade skills overseas or in Australia for the purpose of migration and skills recognition.

TRA operates a number of different skills assessment services which are based on an applicant’s occupation, evidenced employment experience, country of passport, where they studied and the type of visa they are seeking.