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Job Ready Program

a pathway to becoming an Australia citizen through skilled migration

About Job Ready Program

The Job Ready Program (JRP) is offered by the Trade Recognition Australia (TRA), which is a skills accessing authority that assures the government that your skills and experience is relevant and appropriate for the Australian labour market.



This program is aimed at international students who wish to work and immigrate to Australia after graduation. It is best suitable for people under 50 who wish to apply for a skilled migration but are unable to meet the requirements for it. The program consists of four steps with a time frame of at least 12 months.

Step 1

Provisional Skills Assessment (PSA)


Step 2

Job Ready Assessment



Step 3

Job Ready Workplace Assessment



Step 4

Job Ready Final Assessment



Step 1: Provisional Skills Assessment (PSA) 


To be eligible to apply for PSA, you must first:

  • Held an international student visa to study in Australia

  • Have a completed qualification in an occupation assessed by TRA and provided by a registered training organisation (RTO) that is registered under the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). Furthermore, your course has to be a CRICOS-registered course ( and have studied for at least two academic years (92weeks).

  • A minimum of 360 working hours that was completed in Australia and is relevant to your qualification and nominated occupation


Applications are completed online, and a successful outcome is required before proceeding to step 2-4. It can also be used to apply for a Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485)

Step 2: Job Ready Assessment (JRA)


To be eligible for JRE, you must first:

  • Have a successful outcome from step 1

  • Have a visa that gives you full right to work in Australia with sufficient time to complete step 2-4 (at least 12 months). Most graduates will apply for the Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass485) which allows them to stay from 18 months to 4 years depending on their degree. However, HK passport holders may stay up to 5 years.

  • Must find employment in your nominated occupation, then submit a completed and signed Employment Verification Report

  • Less than 4 months remaining on your student visa, if applicable


Once your JRE has started, you will need at least 1725 hours of paid employment over a minimum of 12 months of your nominated occupation in order to finish the program. After 6 months from your JRE start date, you are required to complete and submit a Skills Progress Report (SPR) which is a self-assessment record of skills and activities undertaken in the workplace. The report has to be confirmed and signed by your employer or supervisor.

Step 3: Job Ready Workplace Assessment (JRWA)


You can begin step 3 when you provide evidence of at least 863 hours of paid employment over a minimum of 6 months after your JRE has started. The main purpose is to determine whether you are working at the required skill level in an Australian workplace for your nominated occupation. To conduct JRWA, TRA will arrange an accessor to your place of employment and the conduction will include a range of methods which may include a technical interview and observation of your practical skills.

Step 4: Job Ready Final Assessment (JRFA)


When the JRWA is completed and once you have evidence of 1725 paid hours over the minimum of 12 months, you can apply for JRFA.


A successful JRFA can then be used to support an application to the Department of Home Affairs for an independent skilled migration visa.

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