JRP FAQs

STEP 1: Provisional Skills Assessment (PSA)

What do I do if I want a skills assessment for a 485 visa?

You can apply for a Provisional Skills Assessment and if successful, apply to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection for a 485 visa.

Can I participate in the Provisional Skills Assessment or the Job Ready Program before I complete the relevant studies?

No, you must have completed your studies before you apply for a Provisional Skills Assessment which is the first step of the Job Ready Program.

I am a Dental Technician and cannot get the necessary work until I am qualified, can I still apply?

TRA requires evidence that you have undertaken work relevant to your nominated occupation, in an established commercial operation in Australia using current industry standard equipment and industry endorsed processes. The evidence you supply will need to show that you have demonstrated skills in a range of tasks and duties required for your occupation.

Vocational placements completed as part of your Australian qualification may be counted towards the Provisional Skills Assessment work requirements where it meets the criteria above.

Can my work from overseas be counted?

No. Only work performed in Australia and relevant to the occupation will be counted in this program.

What evidence do I need to provide with my Provisional Skills Assessment application?

Please refer to sections 2.1.2 of the Job Ready Program Guidelines.

Do I need to provide evidence of my payment for each step of the Job Ready Program?

No, Job Ready Program participants should make all payments using the credit card payment facility within the Job Ready Program component of the TRA Online portal. This payment facility links all required payment information directly to your TRA application.

You will be sent a payment receipt to your nominated email address. This is for your records only.

Is the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) a requirement for the Provisional Skills Assessment?

No. From 16 January 2015 an IELTS test result is no longer an eligibility requirement for a Provisional Skills Assessment.

I've been locked out of the online portal, what should I do now?

If you have forgotten your password for the online portal, please follow these instructions: From the online portal registration screen, click on Click here if you have forgotten your password. 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, 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.
 
Your request can be submitted to TRA as a PDF attachment in an email to traenquiries@Education.gov.au, by fax to +61 2 6123 7883 or posted to:
 
Trades Recognition Australia
Department of Education and Training
GPO Box 3022
CANBERRA ACT 2601
AUSTRALIA
 
Once received, your request will be forwarded to our IT area for actioning. We are unable to provide a timeframe for this to occur.

How do I reprint the Summary Page from the online portal?

If you have submitted your application online but did not print the Summary Page, you can reprint one from the Online Application Tracking portal.

When you have signed in with your Username and Password, select the Job Ready Program link in the Toolbar at the top of the page. This should bring up your information and links to the available Job Ready Program steps. Select the link for the step for which you submitted your application and the appropriate summary page will be displayed containing a print button. It is important you use this print button rather than the printer icon on the toolbar, to ensure you print an application Summary Page acceptable to TRA.

Am I able to withdraw my Provisional Skills Assessment and get a refund of the fee?

You can withdraw your application by sending TRA a signed request. Refunds will only be approved in limited circumstances. Please see the TRA Payment and Refund Policy. Requests for refunds must be made using the correct form and sent to JRPenquiries@Education.gov.au .

What is the expected timeframe to process a Provisional Skills Assessment?

To support a fair process for all applicants, Provisional Skills Assessment applications are processed in order of receipt of the PSA Summary Page and supporting documents.

Whilst TRA will endeavour to process PSA applications within 30 working days, assessment processing times can vary and are contingent on the volume of applications received, as well as the complexity of the verification process in each case.
Applicants must also allow for a review timeframe should their PSA application be unsuccessful.

How do I reapply for a Provisional Skills Assessment?

If you are required to reapply for a Provisional Skills Assessment, you will need to register again as a new user. When registering through the Job Ready Program Registration online portal, sign in with a new username and password. Do not tick that you have a previous TRA Application File Number.

How do I apply for a Provisional Skills Assessment Review?

If you have previously applied for a Provisional Skills Assessment and were unsuccessful, you may choose to seek a review of your assessment outcome using the form included with your outcome letter. Your review application must be received by TRA within 60 working days of the date of your outcome letter.
 
Payment for the review can be made using your Online Portal account. An additional link “Provisional Skills Assessment Review Payment” will be activated within your online portal account to make this payment.
You do not have to seek a review. You can re-apply by submitting a new application online at any time.
 
If you are lodging a review application, you must demonstrate you met the program criteria as at the date of your original application. If you cannot do this you must lodge a new application online.
 
If you choose to submit a new application, you should note the following information:
  • You are required to register as a NEW USER on the TRA Online Portal establishing a new username and password. This will generate a new TRA Reference Number.
  • The new application must be ‘decision ready’ for assessment. You must include all of the required supporting evidence in relation to the new application. It is your responsibility to ensure that your application is correct, accurate and complete before you submit it to TRA.
Before submitting your application, you should check your eligibility by reading the information about the Job Ready Program.​

What is the qualification for my occupation?

A Provisional Skills Assessment requires applicants to have a qualification relevant to an occupation assessed by TRA which has been awarded by an Australian CRICOS registered training organisation based on studies in Australia. Generally, the qualification will be at the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Certificate III level.

Some occupations require a qualification different to that of an AQF Certificate III and the most common of these, and the required qualification level are listed below. If you have completed another qualification, or a combination of qualifications, you need to ensure you have completed all the units of competency in a relevant qualification at the level listed for your occupation.

More information on Australian training packages and qualifications can be found at www.training.gov.au  

​Occupation ​AQF Qualification level
​Camera Operator (Film, Television or video) ​Certificate IV
​Chef ​​Certificate IV in commercial Cookery, Patisserie or Asian Cookery
​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
​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
 

STEP 2: Job Ready Employment (JRE)

Can I start the Job Ready Employment step before I get my Provisional Skills Assessment outcome?

No. You can only apply for the JRE step when you have:
  • a successful Provisional Skills Assessment outcome
  • lodged an application for, or hold a suitable visa which provides sufficient time to complete the full requirements of the Job Ready Program (in most cases this will be the 485 visa)
  • secured employment that meets the eligible Job Ready Employment requirements (see Section 2.2.6)
  • less than 4 months remaining on your student visa.
Important: TRA will determine the suitability of visas other than the 485 for the purpose of participation in the Job Ready Program on a case by case basis. The decision to accept or reject visas for this purpose will be at the absolute discretion of TRA and its officials.

Can I start the Job Ready Employment step while on a bridging visa waiting for my 485 visa?

Yes. You will be required to provide details of your visa when you apply for the Job Ready Employment step on the Online Portal.

Can I use any employer for my 12 months employment for the Job Ready Employment step?

Your employer must be prepared to register with TRA and sign the Employment Registration Form.
For your employment to be eligible for the Job Ready Employment step it must:
  • have commenced after you completed your Australian qualification;
  • include tasks and duties at an appropriate skill relevant to your qualification;
  • be paid in accordance with applicable industrial awards or agreements and Australian workplace relations laws; and
  • not have been used to meet the work component for your Provisional Skills Assessment. 

If I have already competed some employment, can I count that towards the 12 months employment requirement?

The Job Ready Program has been updated to allow JRE participants to apply for up to three months of prior employment as credit towards the JRP. To be eligible, paid employment must have been completed with the participant's first registered employer in the six months prior to applying online for JRE.

Participants should read the Job Ready Program Guidelines for detailed information on claiming prior employment (section 2.2.4), and providing acceptable pay evidence (section 2.2.6).
 
For prior employment to be considered, participants must complete a Statement of Prior Employment form on the Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) website

What is the minimum number of hours required for the employment period in the Job Ready Program?

You are required to complete at least 1725 hours of paid employment over a minimum of 12 months.
Before you can apply for a Job Ready Workplace Assessment you must complete at least 863 hours over a minimum of 6 months.
 
Paid employment as annual leave or sick leave will not be eligible towards the Job Ready Program.

What wage should I expect to be paid?

Your employer would be expected to pay you the appropriate award wage for your trade according to the award for your particular industry and occupation. More information on industry awards under the national workplace relations system is available here.

If I am working as a contractor or am self-employed, can this be counted towards the 12 months employment for the Job Ready Program?

The Job Ready Program requires participants to be supervised by a qualified tradesperson in an Australian workplace. Self-employment cannot be considered for the Job Ready Program.
TRA may consider subcontractor work only if the nominated occupation you request is in a building construction trade. Subcontractors whose employment is eligible for consideration must show that they expect at least 50 per cent (863 hours) of their work to occur with a single contractor, and that the contractor is willing to fulfil the requirements of your employer for the purpose of the Job Ready Program.

Can I use employment performed outside Australia?

No. All employment under the Job Ready Program must be performed within Australia.

How do I find an employer?

TRA cannot assist you with finding employment. You may like to try employment vacancies in newspapers, online job searches or you can approach an employer directly.

I have already done some voluntary work for my employer; can I count that towards my 12 months employment for the Job Ready Program?

No. Your 12 months employment under the Job Ready Program must be paid. Voluntary experience will not be counted.

Can I have more than one employer?

Yes, but you must register any employers with TRA via the Online Portal for your employment to be considered.
You are required to complete at least 50 per cent (863 hours) of your Job Ready Employment with a single employer.

Do I have to pay the Job Ready Employment fee for every employer I register with TRA?

No. You only need to pay the Job Ready Employment fee for your first employer.

What will my employer need to do during my employment?

Your employer will need to:
  • provide trade level work relevant to your skills level;
  • nominate an appropriately skilled supervisor;
  • sign off the monthly journal you will be required to maintain while you participate in the Job Ready Program to document and record examples of the work you are doing in the workplace relevant to your nominated occupation; and
  • allow an independent assessor into the workplace to undertake the Job Ready Workplace Assessment.

Will I need to attend an interview?

When TRA receives your Employment Registration Form you will be allocated a TRA Liaison Officer (TRA LO) who will visit you and your employer in your workplace to answer any questions you may have about the Job Ready Program and assist you as you participate in the program. TRA will determine if your employment is suitable for the Job Ready Employment step when your TRA LO undertakes the workplace visit.

What evidence do I need to provide for the Job Ready Employment step?

Your TRA Liaison Officer will regularly ask you to send documentation to demonstrate you are meeting the employment eligibility criteria.
 
This documentation will include:
  • evidence such as payslips to support you are being paid by your employer; and
  • Job Ready Journals that have been verified by your employer.
As your TRA Liaison Officer reviews your documentation, they will contact you to confirm if you are eligible to apply for the next step of the Job Ready Program.

What if my employer does not provide payslips?

It is a legal requirement that all employers in Australia provide their employees with payslips. Your TRA Liaison Officer will discuss this with you during the workplace visit.

Do I still need to undertake Professional Development?

No, as of 1 January 2014, participants will no longer be required to complete Professional Development training in Australian Workplace Language and Culture as part of the Job Ready Program.
If you have already enrolled with a TRA approved RTO you can elect to finish the training but it is no longer an eligibility requirement to proceed to the Workplace Assessment step. 
 
If you choose not to finish the training you must contact the RTO and your TRA Liaison Officer (TRA LO) to advise you have withdrawn from the course.  

If I have already enrolled for Professional Development training and I withdraw, can I get a refund?

If you do not finish the training you will need to discuss any refund options with the RTO as TRA has no involvement with payments made directly to RTOs. 

What do I do when I have completed the Job Ready Employment step?

When you have completed 12 months paid employment equalling a minimum of 1725 hours, 12 monthly journals that have been verified by your employer and the Job Ready Workplace Assessment (JRWA), you can apply to TRA for a Job Ready Final Assessment.
You should contact your TRA Liaison Officer before applying for each step of the Job Ready Program to ensure you are eligible to apply.

I've been locked out of the online portal, what should I do now?

If you have forgotten your password for the online portal, please follow these instructions. From the online portal registration screen, click on “Click here if you have forgotten your password.” 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 at JRPenquiries@Education.gov.au 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, 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.
 
Your request can be submitted to TRA as a PDF attachment in an email to JRPenquiries@Education.gov.au, by fax to +61 2 6123 7883 or posted to:
Trades Recognition Australia
Department Of Education
GPO Box 3022
CANBERRA ACT 2601
 
Once received, your request will be forwarded to our IT area for actioning. We are unable to provide a timeframe for this to occur.

STEP 3: Job Ready Workplace Assessment (JRWA)

What is a Job Ready Workplace Assessment?

When you are eligible for a Workplace Assessment an independent assessor will come to your workplace to assess how you apply your skills in your workplace.

What do I need to apply for a Job Ready Workplace Assessment?

After you have been working in your trade for at least 6 months and provided pay evidence to support a minimum of 863 hours paid employment and completed 6 months of journals that have been verified by your employer you will be able to register for a workplace assessment which will be conducted by a TRA approved assessor in your workplace.

You should contact your TRA Liaison Officer before applying for a Job Ready Workplace Assessment to determine if you are eligible to apply.

STEP 4: Job Ready Final Assessment (JRFA)

What do I need to apply for a Job Ready Final Assessment?

You must have a successful Provisional Skills Assessment outcome, completed all components of the Job Ready Employment step and successfully completed the Job Ready Workplace Assessment.

You should contact your TRA Liaison Officer before applying for a Job Ready Final Assessment to determine if you are eligible to apply.

What do I do next if my application is successful?

If you receive a successful Job Ready Final Assessment outcome from TRA, you can use that outcome to apply to DIBP for permanent migration. You should visit the DIBP website to identify your options.

Your outcome is not a qualification nor does it represent formal accreditation of your skills and experience.

 

 
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