The Temporary Skills Shortage Assessment Program is an assessment pathway for applicants applying for a temporary work visa. To apply for the Temporary Skills Shortage Assessment Program you must work in a nominated occupation and hold a passport from a nominated country.
The Temporary Skills Shortage Assessment Program Applicant Guidelines provide detailed information on the program.
You must read these Guidelines before proceeding.
Applying for the Temporary Skills Shortage Assessment
TRA-approved Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) conduct the skills assessments on behalf of TRA for the Temporary Skills Shortage Assessment Program. Information on how to find a TRA-approved RTO is contained in the Guidelines.
You should make sure that this is the right skills assessment pathway for your needs. You can do this by checking with Department of Home Affairs before making an application. Visit: http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/.
Other Visa Requirements
The skills assessment is one part of the visa application. Other requirements include:
- employer sponsorship (temporary visa applicants only). Visit: http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/.
- a minimum International English Language Test Score of 5 (IELTS) (depending on your country of origin). Visit: www.ielts.com.au.
Note: 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 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 the Department of Home Affairs.