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Step 2 - Job Ready Employment

Job Ready Employment (JRE) is the second step of the Job Ready Program (JRP). The purpose of JRE is to enable you to gain experience in an Australian workplace to further develop skills relevant to your occupation.


To be eligible to apply for JRE, you must :

  • have a successful Provisional Skills Assessment (PSA) outcome
  • hold, or have applied to the Department of Home Affairs for, a visa that has unrestricted work rights and provides sufficient time for you to complete Steps 2 to 4 of the JRP (a minimum of 12 months)
  • have secured eligible employment* in the same (or closely related) occupation to that assessed during your PSA.

*For your employment to be considered, you must register the details of your current employer when applying for JRE. Your employment must also meet the requirements as listed in the JRP Applicant Guidelines.

Please note: International students need to have completed their studies before applying for JRE. People on a training visa are not eligible to apply for JRE. 


The JRE requires you to complete at least 1725 hours of paid employment over a minimum of 12 months from your JRE start date. Your JRE start date is the date you submit your JRE application unless otherwise varied by Trades Recognition Australia. You can claim up to three consecutive months of paid employment undertaken immediately prior to applying for JRE. Prior employment can only be claimed at the time of submitting your JRE application. Information relating to Australian employment conditions and workplace laws is available on the Fair Work Ombudsman website.

Employment Verification

It is your responsibility to find suitable employment, which must be approved by Trades Recognition Australia. Trades Recognition Australia will conduct online verification checks to confirm the existence and authenticity of the workplace listed in your application and Employment Verification Report (EVR). Your employer or supervisor may be contacted to confirm your work arrangements, and if deemed necessary, a site visit may be arranged. 

Skills Progress Report

You will be required to provide a completed Skills Progress Report (SPR) six months after your JRE start date, or when you are deemed eligible for Step 3 Job Ready Workplace Assessment (JRWA). A Skills Progress Report (SPR) is a self-assessment record of the skills and activities you have undertaken in your workplace as you develop your skills in your occupation.

SPRs will be provided to the TRA-appointed workplace assessor who conducts your JRWA. Therefore, it is important that your SPRs are an accurate record of the work you undertake in your workplace.

How to apply

To apply for JRE, you must first read the JRP Applicant Guidelines.

You can then apply for JRE through the Online Portal using the same login details you used when applying for PSA.


Please see the Job Ready Program (JRP) for fees.