To apply for OSAP you must engage with a TRA-approved RTO (RTO), register through the TRA Online Portal via the TRA website and make the first payment. You will be asked to create a username and password. Diagram 2 below provides an overview of the online application process.
Diagram 2 – OSAP application process
You may nominate a migration agent or representative to act on your behalf during the skills assessment process. You do this by completing the ‘Agent or Representative’ section of the TRA Online Portal.
All applications must be decision ready. Decision ready means all the mandatory fields in the TRA Online Portal are completed, all documents provided to the RTO, and the mandatory fee is paid.
1.4.1 Choose an RTO
You are required to select an RTO to conduct your skills assessment. This is completed through the RTO Finder located on the TRA website by:
- Selecting your nominated occupation from the list available
- Reviewing the list of RTOs.
Once you have selected your RTO, you will need to contact them to discuss both your eligibility and the overall requirements of the skills assessment process, including the expectations and evidence you will have to provide.
Fees for OSAP skills assessments are paid to TRA via the TRA Online Portal. However, you will first need to contact your chosen RTO to obtain a unique RTO Assessment Payment Identifier Code for the service you require e.g. documentary evidence assessment, technical assessment, etc.
1.4.2 Document requirements
RTOs must be able to verify the content and validity of all documents you provide to support your application. Therefore, the following minimum quality control standards apply to documents submitted electronically: Please ensure you have original colour scans of:
- passport identification page
- evidence of skills and experience including, but not limited to, training documents, evidence of employment and employment statements
- copies of each document in original language accompanied by a copy of the English translation
- evidence of your payment (payment receipt from TRA).
RTOs can request that you present original documents for verification and will discuss these arrangements and any additional requirements with you.
1.4.3 Documents not in English
If your application documents are not in English, you must also provide an English translation of the documents.
Translating documents in Australia
Acceptable translations of documents in Australia can be obtained from translators accredited with the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI). A list of approved translators can be found on NAATI’s website www.naati.com.au. Translations must include the translator’s name, NAATI identification number and accreditation status.
Please check the translator’s accreditation by either calling NAATI on +61 2 6260 3035 or asking to see the translator’s letter or certificate of accreditation in the language you need.
Translating documents outside Australia
If you have documents that were translated outside Australia, the translator must be approved by the authorities in the country where the translation was made. Contact your nearest Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate for advice if you are unsure of the process.
Overseas translations must be on the organisation’s letterhead and include an official stamp. The translator’s name (all in block letters), signature and contact telephone number must be legibly printed below the signature. This information is required so that the RTO can contact the translator if necessary, to verify the translated documents.