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Migration Skills Assessment

The Migration Skills Assessment (MSA) Program is for applicants who require a skills assessment to apply to the Department of Home Affairs for a skilled migration visa.

A skills assessment determines if you have the skills and experience necessary to work in Australia at the required level for your occupation. 

Note: Before submitting an application to Trades Recognition Australia, it is your responsibility to confirm with the Department of Home Affairs that you require a skills assessment for your visa, and that Trades Recognition Australia is the relevant assessing authority for your occupation.

A successful MSA outcome does not result in the awarding of an Australian Quality Framework (AQF) qualification and cannot be used for employment, licensing or qualification-recognition purposes. If you are seeking an AQF qualification or a pathway to licensing in addition to a skills assessment, please check your eligibility for the Offshore Skills Assessment Program (OSAP).


To be eligible to apply for MSA, you must:

  • have a qualification directly related to your nominated occupation
  • have the required amount of employment experience in your occupation (see MSA Applicant Guidelines for employment requirements)

Additionally, your occupation must be listed on a skilled occupation list on the Department of Home Affairs website with Trades Recognition Australia listed as the relevant assessing authority.

Note: An applicant cannot apply for the MSA if they are required to be assessed through the Offshore Skills Assessment Program (OSAP) or the Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Skills Assessment Program

How to Apply

To apply for the Migration Skills Assessment (MSA) Program, you must first read the MSA Applicant Guidelines.

You can then apply for MSA through the Online Portal.

Next Steps

Once your MSA application has been processed, Trades Recognition Australia will send you a letter by email advising you of your assessment outcome.

Fee Schedule

The following fees are payable when you apply for MSA:

Assessment Step Fee ($AUD)
Migration Skills Assessment (MSA) $720
Migration Skills Assessment (MSA) - Review $645

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 MSA. 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.