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Migration Points Advice (MPA) Program

The Migration Points Advice (MPA) Program is for applicants with a successful Trades Recognition Australia skills assessment outcome who are applying to the Department of Home Affairs for a points-tested, independent skilled migration visa.

MPA from Trades Recognition Australia is used to advise the Department of Home Affairs about comparability of your qualifications and employment experience against Australian standards, which can assist with assessing your application for a points-tested visa.

Note: It is your responsibility to confirm with the Department of Home Affairs that you require Points Advice before submitting an application to Trades Recognition Australia.

The standards against which qualifications and employment are assessed are as follows:

  • AQF qualifications relevant to the occupation from an Australian industry endorsed training package (available at www.training.gov.au)
  • Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) (available at www.abs.gov.au)

Note: Trades Recognition Australia does not provide specific information on migration or visa requirements and does not issue points. All migration points test enquiries must be directed to the Department of Home Affairs.


To be eligible to apply for MPA, you must:

  • have a successful skills assessment outcome from Trades Recognition Australia in your nominated occupation
  • have completed full-time (or equivalent part-time) paid employment directly related to your occupation during the last 10 years

How to Apply 

To apply for the Migration Points Advice (MPA) Program, you must first read the MPA Applicant Guidelines.

You can then apply for MPA through the Online Portal.

Next Steps

Once your MPA application has been processed, Trades Recognition Australia will send you a Migration Points Advice letter by email, outlining your comparable qualifications and relevant employment experience which may be considered by the Department of Home Affairs when calculating points for your visa.

Fee Schedule

The following fees are payable when you apply for MPA:

Assessment Step Fee ($AUD)
Migration Points Advice (MPA) $410
Migration Points Advice (MPA) - Review $350

Fee schedules are subject to change. TRA will give reasonable notice of any proposed fee increases. Notices regarding proposed fee increases will be published on the TRA website and in the relevant program guidelines.

Instructions on how to pay are provided when you apply for each step of MPA. Payments can only be made online by Visa or MasterCard through the Online Portal. All fees are payable in Australian dollars ($AUD). 

After a payment has been made, an email containing a receipt will be sent automatically to the email address provided in your application. It is important to keep the email receipt as evidence of payment. This email provides confirmation that your application has been received by Trades Recognition Australia. 

Refunds will not be provided if you do not meet program eligibility requirements, choose to withdraw your application or do not provide the application documents within the specified timeframes. The circumstances in which Trades Recognition Australia will refund a payment are detailed in the TRA Payment and Refund Policy which can be found on the Forms & Policy page of our website.