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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

  • 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

  • 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 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. TRA may consider other visas with full work rights on a case by case basis.

How to apply

To apply for the PSA you will need to sign in to the Online Portal on the TRA website with the username and password obtained when you first registered for the JRP. You must then 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] education.gov.au as a single PDF attachment within 45 working days of the online submission date for the application to be registered.

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.