1.5 Making an application

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1.5.1    Before applying for the JRP

You should:

  • check with Home Affairs that your visa pathway requires a skills assessment
  • ensure TRA is the correct assessing authority for your nominated occupation
  • use the pathfinder tool on the TRA website to check if the JRP program is the correct assessment program for you, and
  • read the JRP guidelines fully and carefully, especially the eligibility and application requirements provided in Section 3.

Note: the following licensed occupations are not eligible occupations for the JRP:

If you do not understand any part of these guidelines, please contact TRA.

1.5.2    How to apply

Your PSA or JRPRE application generated a username and password for you. You use these each time you access the TRA Online Portal. Logins will require a multi-factor authentication One Time Passcode. This passcode will be sent to your registered email address.

To apply for each step of the JRP you must:

  • sign in to the TRA Online Portal with the username and password created when you registered your PSA or JRPRE application.
  • select the relevant Job Ready Program link and follow the instructions.
  • complete the application and pay the application fee. You will need to return to the application portal and submit your application for it to be registered with TRA (make sure you click the ‘Submit & Print’ button after your payment).

The diagram below provides an overview of the online application process.

Diagram 1: JRP application process

Please follow the instructions in the TRA Online Portal carefully to make sure you have met all requirements to complete your application. Please make sure all details provided are current and correct.

If you do not have your username and password, contact TRA via TRAEnquiries@dewr.gov.au to get these details. You will need to provide your TRA Reference number, personal email address and date of birth with your request.

Agents or representatives assisting an applicant with their application must ensure the applicant’s personal contact details are provided. Failure to provide these details will delay assessment.

Applicants please note: It is your responsibility to ensure your personal contact details are provided to allow each JRP step to progress. The JRE and JRWA steps of the program need regular contact between TRA and yourself. All communications will be sent to your personal email address registered in your application. If an agent or representative set up your account on the TRA Online Portal, you need to ensure you also have access to your online account. You are still responsible for providing accurate information in your application and actively participating in the program. Miscommunication with your agent is not an acceptable reason for providing misleading information or not responding.

1.5.3    Decision Ready Application

Your JRE application must be ‘decision ready’ when you submit it online. If your application is not decision ready, your assessment may be delayed. Your JRE Start Date will be adjusted to reflect the date your decision ready documents were received.

Your JRE application will be deemed invalid if it is missing:

  • your current passport and/or
  • your employment evidence.

Please refer to Section 3.1.2 for full details of documents required.

TRA will contact you and tell you why your application or participation is invalid and give you a timeframe to provide the missing documents or evidence.

We will assess your application at the expiry of the timeframe given to you, or on receipt of your missing documents, whichever is earlier. If you do not provide the documents required within the specified timeframe, your application will not have met the eligibility requirements. Your JRE Start Date will not take effect until the date you meet the eligibility requirements.

Decision ready means:

  • all mandatory fields in the application pages are completed
  • all required documents in section 3.1.2 of these Guidelines are uploaded in the specified format and
  • the application fee is paid.

Documentation provided as part of your application or as requested by TRA must be uploaded through the TRA Online Portal. Documents must:

  • be full colour scans of the original documents (at least 150 Dots Per inch)
  • be in Portable Document Format (PDF)
  • not use file sharing platforms (e.g., Google Drive, Dropbox)
  • not be locked or password protected
  • not exceed 90 MB for the entire application

All information and evidence provided to TRA must be true and accurate. See section 4.4 of these Guidelines for information on the consequences of providing false, misleading, non-factual, or incorrect information in your application.