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Step 1 - PSA

The Provisional Skills Assessment (PSA) is the first step of the Job Ready Program. Under the PSA step, TRA verifies the authenticity of your Australian qualification and any employment and/or vocational placement you have undertaken in an Australian workplace.



To be eligible to apply for a PSA, you must have:

  • held an international student visa to study in Australia, and

  • a completed qualification relevant to an occupation assessed by TRA  and awarded by a CRICOS (Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students) registered training organisation and achieved as a result 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 that was completed in an Australian workplace within three years prior to submitting a PSA application online.

A successful PSA Outcome can be used to apply to the Department of Home Affairs for a Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485), if the occupation assessed appears on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List.

A successful PSA outcome is required before you can apply for Steps 2-4 of the JRP.


How to apply

To apply for the PSA you must first register through the Online Portal on the TRA website for the Job Ready Program. You will be asked to create a username and password which you will need to use each time you sign in to the online portal. You should then select the Provisional Skills Assessment link, complete all the mandatory fields, and pay the PSA application fee.

When you have completed all the online mandatory fields and made the payment, you will be presented with a Submit and Print button to submit your application and print your Provisional Skills Assessment Summary Page. The completed and signed Summary Page, together with your Application Documents must be emailed to jrpdocuments [at] dese.gov.au as a single PDF attachment within 14 days of the online submission date for the application to be registered.

Please note: You are not formally registered in the PSA until your application documents are received (by email) and registered by TRA.

Detailed information about the PSA, including the Application Documents you need to send to TRA, are provided under Section 2 of the Job Ready Program Applicant Guidelines. You must read the guidelines before registering for the PSA.


Key Information for Job Ready Employment

The following links provide further information for participants and their employers;