Step 2 - JRE

The purpose of the Job Ready Employment (JRE) is to enable you to gain experience in an Australian workplace to further develop the skills relevant to your nominated occupation.

You must complete at least 1725 hours of paid employment over a minimum of 12 months from your JRE start date in an Australian workplace that has been approved by Trades Recognition Australia. Employment must be in the occupation, or one closely related to the one assessed in Step 1 - PSA; it is your responsibility to find suitable employment.

During your employment, you will be required to keep a monthly journal describing examples of the tasks and duties you are undertaking in your workplace relevant to your occupation.

JRE start date

The JRE start date is generally the date you submit your application for JRE through the online portal, provided the application documents are received by TRA within 30 working days of the online submission.

You can apply to vary the JRE start date by claiming up to three consecutive months of paid employment completed prior to applying online for JRE, where that employment was undertaken with the first employer registered by TRA. Eligible employment must have taken place after completion of an Australian qualification and in the three months preceding online submission for JRE.

If you wish to vary your JRE start date, you must complete a Statement of Prior Employment form available under Forms and Policy, and provide acceptable pay evidence.


To be eligible to apply for JRE, you must have:

  • a successful PSA outcome

  • lodged an application for, or hold a suitable visa which provides sufficient time to complete the full requirements of the JRP (in most cases this will be the Temporary Graduate Visa subclass 485)

  • secured employment that meets JRE eligibility requirements as outlined in the JRP Participant Guidelines

  • less than 4 months remaining on your student visa.

How to apply

You must complete all the mandatory fields, and pay the application fee, through the Online Portal. Application documents must be emailed to within 30 working days of the online submission date for the application to be registered. Documents must be provided as a single PDF attachment

Following receipt of the application documents, TRA will visit you in your workplace to determine suitability of the employment arrangements. If the employment does not meet the JRE requirements, you must secure suitable employment elsewhere.

Key Information for Job Ready Employment

The following links provide further information for participants;

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