MSA FAQs

 

Which occupation do I nominate?

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 Skilled Occupation List (SOL) or Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) available on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).

Applications without an occupation or that nominate an occupation that TRA does not assess cannot be processed.

Is the TRA MSA the right program for my occupation and country of passport?

If you require a skills assessment and TRA is the relevant assessing authority for your nominated occupation, you will need to apply under the TRA Migration Skills Assessment (MSA) Program, unless you are applying for a subclass 485 or 457 visa, or you wish to participate in the Job Ready Program, or you are required to be assessed under TRA’s Offshore Skills Assessment Program (OSAP). To see the list of countries and occupations for the OSAP program, please check the OSAP page.

Will my skills assessment be successful?

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.  Detailed information on TRA assessment programs is available on our website.

How will I know if TRA has registered my application?

Applications are registered following receipt. You will receive an acknowledgement letter with your TRA reference number confirming receipt of your application once it has been registered.

How long will it take to process my skills assessment?

Applications are assessed in order of receipt and processing times may vary depending on the program. Generally most TRA Migration Skills Assessments and Migration Points Advice are completed within 60 working days. Should there be any considerable delay, TRA will post a news item on its website.

I need my application processed faster than the standard 60 working days. What do I need to do?

Only applicants who have an offer of employer or state/territory sponsorship and who can provide evidence which meets TRA requirements will have a request for expedition considered.  The following evidence must be provided to TRA with any request to expedite an application: 

1. A letter from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and/or a State/Territory authority responsible for State Migration sponsorship confirming: 

  • approval of a ‘nominated position’, 
  • that the applicant is the nominee for that position, and 
  • the expiry date for that offer.

OR

2. A letter from a person with the appropriate authority of the employer intending to sponsor the applicant, on their letterhead, with details regarding the nature of the urgency. This letter must be signed by a person with the appropriate authority to progress the applicant’s migration sponsorship and include their position within the company and contact details.

Applicants who fulfil the requirements above can submit a request for expedition.  This request must be sent to TRA in writing.  The request must include the applicant’s full name, date of birth, TRA Reference number, email address and signature along with a full explanation of the request type and reasons for the request.

Do I need an IELTS test?

An IELTS test is not required for the TRA Migration Skills Assessment Program.

The application form asks "At what age did you commence employment?" What does this mean?

This refers to your age when you commenced paid employment in your nominated occupation.

What does "Years of General Education" mean?

General education covers all compulsory education, including primary and secondary schooling.

What evidence do I need for my employment?

TRA requires sufficient evidence of paid employment to verify that your employment was full-time (or equivalent part-time) and at the required skill level for your occupation in Australia.   TRA will require at least one primary source of evidence or a minimum of two secondary sources of evidence for each year and each period of employment being claimed.  Additional evidence may also be requested.

Further information on documents that may be submitted as primary and secondary sources of evidence can be found in Section 2.8.2 of the TRA Migration Skills Assessment Applicant Guidelines.

What if I have only worked part-time?

Evidence of employment undertaken on a part-time basis will be considered and counted toward the employment requirement on a pro-rata basis. TRA considers full-time employment in Australia as 38 hours per week, unless a particular industrial award specifies otherwise. For example, if hours worked are 20 hours per week it would take an applicant two years to meet the equivalent of one year full-time employment.

How many payslips do I need to provide?

TRA will require at least one primary source of evidence or a minimum of two secondary sources of evidence for each year and each period of employment being claimed.  Pay slips may be a primary or a secondary source of evidence for paid employment depending on the information provided on the payslip.  Comprehensive information regarding evidence requirements can be found in the TRA Migration Skills Assessment Applicant Guidelines.

Please ensure you are using the latest version of the TRA MSA Guidelines when preparing your application and also refer to the Applicant Evidence Checklist on our website when preparing your application.

Do I need to resubmit documents I have already provided to TRA with a previous TRA MSA application?

In most instances you are not required to resubmit documents you have already provided with a previous MSA application.  You can submit any additional evidence you wish to have assessed in a review or subsequent application.  Please ensure you quote your TRA reference number.

I don't have a formal qualification. Will I get a successful skills assessment?

To be eligible for a successful TRA MSA outcome you are required to provide evidence of:

1.  a qualification comparable to the relevant qualification in Australia for the occupation and
2.  employment at the required skill level for Australian industry standards. 

Your application is likely to be unsuccessful if you do not have a relevant qualification for your nominated occupation.

You may consider undertaking a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process with an Australian registered training organisation (RTO). Details about which RTOs can assess your skills and evidence against the relevant Australian qualification for your occupation are listed on the Australian Government’s website: training.gov.au. You can contact one of the RTOs listed directly.

Can my work experience substitute for a qualification?

No.  TRA does not accept work experience as a substitute for a qualification. 

Why does TRA need a transcript of the subjects I studied for my qualification?

TRA compares qualifications issued overseas to the relevant Australian Training Package qualification for the nominated occupation when determining relevance. To do this, TRA requires the academic transcript to be provided in the application.

If you do not have a copy of your qualification and transcript we suggest that you contact the institution that issued your award and ask them to provide you with either a copy of your transcript, or other official certified documentation stating your name, the qualification and the date awarded, an overview of the content of the program and the competencies/subjects completed by you. 

I have received my skills assessment outcome letter and need feedback. What do I need to do?

To request feedback, please email traenquiries@Education.gov.au with your personal information including your TRA number. Please note responses to feedback requests can take up to 20 working days.

How do I request a review of my MSA outcome?

To apply for a review you must complete and lodge the Application for Review form that was attached to your outcome letter and include any additional information within 60 working days of the date of your letter.  If you are unable to meet the review deadline, you can submit a new application with the required fee at any time. 

You can also download the ‘Review Request Form’ from the “Forms and Policy” tab.

How do I request a copy of my MSA outcome letter?

You must request a replacement outcome letter in writing, either by fax, email or post. TRA requires verification of your identity when requesting a copy of an outcome letter.  Your request must include your full name, TRA reference number, date of birth, current postal address and email address.  TRA may also require you to provide a signature or other photo identification if unable to verify your identity, If sending your request by post or fax, please include your signature for verification. See the ‘Contact Us’ page for further information.

I have a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) Level 2 from the United  Kingdom. Will TRA accept this as a comparable qualification for my skills assessment?

TRA will accept an NVQ 2 as a comparable qualification in some cases and for some occupations. Generally, TRA considers the United Kingdom NVQ 2 to be at a level broadly comparable with that of the AQF Certificate III that is required for the majority of occupations assessed by TRA. However, training programs leading to an NVQ 2 can be highly varied in their content, duration and delivery methods. For this reason, TRA cannot guarantee that your NVQ 2 will be accepted in all cases. 

When assessing your NVQ 2, TRA will look at the length of your training or apprenticeship period and the subjects you studied for your qualification.  Your NVQ 2 will not be accepted if it is missing components which are major requirements of the comparable Australian qualification for your occupation.  For example, the NVQ 2 in Gas Network Operations is not accepted for Gasfitters because it does not include training in gas appliances, flues or ventilation as is required in the relevant Australian qualification for that occupation, the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) Certificate III in Gasfitting.

If you decide to use an NVQ 2 as the main qualification in your TRA application, you should ensure that you have included detailed evidence of the training that you did to receive your qualification.

Please note that TRA considers the NVQ 2 to be at most comparable to an AQF Certificate III.  Some occupations require a comparable level of qualification higher than a Certificate III. In these cases, your NVQ 2 will not be accepted as comparable.

More information about occupations that require a comparable qualification higher than the AQF Certificate III can be found in the FAQ below.

What occupations require a comparable qualification at a different level to the AQF Certificate III?

One of the requirements of the TRA Migration Skills Assessment Program (MSA) is for the applicant to be able to present evidence of a comparable qualification to the relevant Australian qualification for the nominated occupation. Generally, the relevant qualification will be at the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Certificate III level. However, some occupations require a comparable level of qualification different to than that of an AQF Certificate III. The most popular of these occupations and the required level are listed below. More information on Australian training packages and qualifications can be found at www.training.gov.au. Further information on the requirements for the TRA MSA program can be found in the TRA MSA Applicant Guidelines. To work in some occupations in parts of Australia, you may be subject to further testing, assessment of State Government licensing or registration requirements. Occupational Licences are issued by State licencing bodies. Please refer to the information for your occupation available on the Licence Recognition website: www.licencerecognition.gov.au. This includes details of State licensing authorities.

Occupation​ AQF Qualification level​
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics)​ Certificate IV
​Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical) ​Certificate IV
​Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Structures) ​Certificate IV
​Camera Operator (Film, Television or Video)  ​Certificate IV
Chef​ ​Certificate IV
​Child Care Centre Manager ​Diploma
Clothing Patternmaker​ ​Diploma
​Dental Prosthetist ​Advanced Diploma
​Dental Technician ​Diploma
​Drainer Certificate II
​Dressmaker or Tailor ​Certificate IV
​Electrical Engineering Technician ​Diploma
​Electrician (Special Class) ​Certificate IV
Electronic Engineering Technician ​ ​Diploma
​Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (Special Class) ​Certificate IV
ICT Customer Support Officer​ ​Certificate IV
​ICT Support Technicians NEC ​Certificate IV
​Jockey ​Certificate IV
Lift Mechanic​ ​Certificate IV
​Make Up Artist ​Certificate IV
Optical Dispenser​ ​Certificate IV
​Optical Mechanic ​Certificate IV
​Plastics Technician ​Certificate IV
​Radiocommunications Technician ​Certificate IV
Telecommunications Technician​ ​Certificate IV
Television Equipment Operator​ ​Certificate IV
​Vocational Education Teacher ​Certificate IV
​Wool Classer Certificate IV
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