TRA cannot provide information regarding visa requirements. All enquiries regarding immigration requirements should be directed to the Australian Department of Home Affairs (Home Affairs). The Home Affairs website is located at http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/.
You should check with Home Affairs on the requirements of the visa for which you are applying to ensure you have identified the appropriate visa pathway and that you seek a skills assessment under the correct skills assessment program.
TRA offers a number of different skills assessment programs based on your occupation, country of passport, where you studied and the type of visa you wish to apply for. Different skills assessment programs have different eligibility requirements in relation to the evidence needed to support your application.
The program overviews and Applicant Guidelines will assist you to find the relevant assessment program. The table below provides some basic information about all of the skills assessment programs managed by TRA.
|Job Ready Program||Skilled migration, including 485 visas||
Former international students who have achieved an AQF qualification in Australia.
Skills assessments are conducted in four steps. Some assessments are conducted by TRA and some by contracted RTOs. RTOs assess participants' ability to participate in the Australian workplace after a period of employment.
|Outcome letter for migration application|
|Offshore Skills Assessment Program||Skilled migration other than for TSS or 485 visas||Specified list of countries and occupations. All applicants applying for a skills assessment in the following licensed occupations are required to have a skills assessment through the OSAP: Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic, Electrician (General), Electrician (Special Class) and Plumber (General). Applicants whose occupation is listed in the OSAP nominated occupations can have an OSAP assessment if they can travel to Australia or a nominated country for a skills assessment. ||Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) qualification or Offshore Technical Skills Record (OTSR) and outcome letter for migration application|
|TRA Migration Skills Assessment Program||Skilled migration other than for TSS or 485 visas||
Countries, occupations, or pathways not specified under the Offshore Skills Assessment Program or Job Ready Program.
Skills assessments by TRA to assess qualifications and employment against Australian industry standards.
|Outcome letter for migration application|
|Migration Points Advice||Advice for points based visas||Occurs after achievement of successful TRA skills assessment and documents the comparability of overseas qualifications, AQF qualifications and employment for DIBP to award points.||Points Advice Letter|
|TSS Skills Assessment Program||Temporary migration under a Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa||Specified list of countries and occupations. Includes some licensed occupations.||AQF qualification or OTSR and outcome letter for migration application|
|Trades Recognition Service (TRS)||Trade Recognition (not for migration purposes)||
Formal recognition of skills and experience to access occupational licensing and/or for employability in specified automotive, electrical or engineering occupations.
Only available in Australia.
|AQF qualification or OTSR|
TRA cannot advise you on the right occupation for your application. You must nominate the occupation for which you wish to be assessed. When nominating your occupation, you should refer to the ANZSCO occupations listed on the Short-term Skilled Occupation Lists (STSOL) or Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills Lists (MLTSSL) available on the Department of Home Affairs website.
A search of the ANZSCO occupation descriptions, located here, may help you decide the occupation you would like to be assessed against and for which you can meet TRA's skills assessment criteria.
Applications without an occupation or that nominate an occupation that TRA does not assess cannot be processed by TRA.
TRA cannot provide you with a pre-assessment before an application is lodged. The assessment process must be carried out by an assessment officer, taking into consideration all the necessary information and evidence. Please follow the program guidelines to ensure you include all the relevant documents and information.
No. Original documents must not be sent with your application.
You must keep a copy of all documents you send to TRA as these will not be returned to you.
Documents submitted as evidence must be in their original language accompanied by an English translation if the originals are not in English. TRA accepts extracted translations of original documents by recognised/approved translators.
If you have documents translated in Australia, acceptable translations must be obtained from translators accredited with the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI). Details of these translators can be found in the Yellow Pages or the telephone directory under 'Translations' or on NAATI's website at www.naati.com.au.
If you have documents translated outside Australia, the translator must be approved by the authorities in the country where the translation is made. Contact your nearest Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate for advice if you are unsure.
Applications are assessed in order of receipt and processing times may vary depending on the program. Should there be any considerable delays, TRA will post a news item on its website.
Before TRA can change your details, you are required to send a request in writing. This request must include your full name, date of birth, TRA Reference number, email address and signature.
If the request is not signed it will not be actioned. If you are updating your address details, please include your old address in your request. Your request can be submitted to TRA as a PDF attachment in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post.
TRA is a skills assessment service which specialises in assessments in trade occupations for the purpose of migration and does not provide assistance to applicants in obtaining employment. You will need to make your own employment enquiries.
From 1 July 2014 skills assessments issued by TRA or a TRA approved RTO and lodged in support of certain types of skilled visa applications must be no older than three years from the date of issue.
Skills assessments issued by TRA or a TRA approved RTO, and lodged prior to 1 July 2014 with the Department of Home Affairs (Home Affairs) in support of a visa application will not be affected.
This change follows amendment of the Migration Regulations effective 1 July 2014. The purpose of the amendment is to ensure that a skills assessment meets the current occupational requirements for the nominated occupation in Australia. For more information please contact Home Affairs.
Applications lodged to TRA can be paid by Visa or MasterCard through TRA's Online Portal. All payments will be charged in Australian dollars.
Cheques and money orders will not be accepted as payment unless previously agreed by TRA.
What do I do if I can't download/access the application form for the Migration Skills Assessment or Migration Points Advice?
To access the PDF version of the application form on the TRA website, you need Adobe 8 or above (Adobe is available as a free download).
For the Job Ready Program
If you have forgotten your password for the online portal, please follow these instructions. From the online portal registration screen, click on the 'Click here if you have forgotten your password' link. By answering the three security questions you selected when first registering, you will be able to reset your password and log in using your username.
If you have been locked out of your online account or are unable to reset your password or have forgotten your username, you must send a signed written request to TRA requesting to have your account unlocked and/or for a new password and username to be issued.
Your request must include your TRA Reference number (if known), your Username (if known), your full name, date of birth and your email address so we can advise you when your request has been actioned. If the request is not signed your request will not be actioned.
For the TRA MSA and MPA programs
If you have forgotten your password or have been locked out simply re-register and you will receive a new username and you will be asked to create a new password. Note that the online portal is for payments only for these programs. You are not able to track the progress of your application online
Your request can be submitted to TRA as a PDF attachment in an email to email@example.com
Once received, your request will be forwarded to our IT area for action. We are unable to provide a timeframe for this to occur.
To request feedback, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your personal information including your TRA reference number.
Feedback times vary depending on the program as follows:
MSA and MPA - 2 working days from receipt of the feedback request
JRP (all steps including PSA) - 5 working days from receipt of the feedback request
For OSAP, TSS and TRS - Applicants should forward their feedback requests to the RTO that handled their skills assessment.
No. An IELTS test result is not required for any of TRA's programs.
To apply for a refund, you should read the 'Refund Policy' prior to completing and signing a 'TRA Refund Request Form'. These are available on the 'Forms and Policy' page of the TRA website. Your request can be submitted to TRA as a PDF attachment in an email to email@example.com or by post.
You must request a replacement outcome letter in writing, either by fax, email or post. Your request must include your full name, TRA reference number, date of birth, current postal address and email address. If sending your request by post or fax, please include your signature. Copies of letters will only be sent to the email address for the applicant or agent provided in your application. See the 'Contact Us' page of the TRA website, www.tradesrecognitionaustralia.gov.au/contact-us, for further information.
TRA cannot return your documents. You must not send original documents to TRA and you should keep a copy of your application for your own records.
I have lost/misplaced/a damaged Australian Recognised Trade Certificate (ARTC). How do I replace it?
TRA is no longer issuing replacement ARTCs.
ARTC holders who have misplaced or damaged their ARTC can request verification of their ARTC outcome from TRA. The following information must be provided with the request:
- full name;
- date of birth;
- TRA reference number/ARTC reference number;
- the jurisdiction the ARTC was issued in (ACT, NSW, etc.);
- the approximate date of issue (month and year);
- the trade that is registered on the ARTC;
- current address;
- current contact details;
- current photographic identification (e.g. Australian driver's licence, passport, etc.)
The Australian Recognised Trade Certificate (ARTC) programme closed on 30 September 2014. No new applications can be accepted.
When preparing your application, please ensure you refer to the program applicant guidelines and other related information for each of the skills assessment programs managed by TRA.