Trades Recognition Australia Changes

Provisional Skills Assessment – Removal of the International English Language Testing System eligibility requirement

From 16 January 2015 Provisional Skills Assessment (PSA) applicants are no longer required to provide an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) result as part of the eligibility requirements.

When completing a new application through the TRA Online Portal, applicants must select ‘yes’ to the question ‘Do you hold a passport from and are you a citizen of: United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, United States of America or the Republic of Ireland’. This will bypass the IELTS data field requirements.

Please note: When completing the ‘Personal Details’ page of the online application, you must enter your actual Country of Passport.

Vetassess Skills Assessment Changes

VETASSESS update on application processes for skills assessments for general professional occupations
From 1 January 2015, VETASSESS is introducing a revised Skills Assessment process for general professional occupations. The Skills Assessment will include an assessment of the highest qualification level and the “date deemed skilled” based on qualification and employment evidence provided. This will offer a streamlined application process with one application form, a simpler fee structure and a reduced turn-around time.


The Skills Assessment criteria and the occupational groups (A-F) will remain the same. Applicants will need to hold a qualification which is assessed as comparable to the required educational level for their nominated occupation in a highly relevant field and one year of employment that is highly relevant and at the required skill level.
Additionally, based on the applicant’s qualification and employment evidence provided within the last 10 years, VETASSESS will determine the date at which the applicant is deemed skilled based on closely related employment

State Nomination Occupation List for Victoria

Victoria has reopened state nomination for IT professionals from 1 January 2015.

IT professionals have been suspended from the Victorian State Migration Program since October 2014, and it is reopened in Jan 2015

Applicants can be nominated by Victoria for either of the following visas:

  • Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 - a permanent state sponsored visa
  • Skilled Regional Provisional Subclass 489 - a 4-year temporary visa leading to permanent residence after 2 years

Applicants must generally have work experience or proficient in English – below is a link  main criteria for nomination by Victoria for IT professionals: