We want to help to get you working in Australia as soon as possible.

To ensure your application proceeds quickly:

Once you have submitted your skills assessment application form, there are four stages to the assessment for the Temporary Skill Shortage and Permanent Migration Assessment Programs.

The four stages of the assessment program are:

  1. Application review

  2. Documentary evidence assessment

  3. Technical assessment

  4. Assessment outcome.

Stage 1: Application review

Once we receive your application form and all required 'decision-ready' documents, we will confirm if you are eligible for assessment and the location of the assessment. If you are eligible, we will provide you with an assessment payment identifier code so that you can pay your Documentary Evidence Assessment Fee directly to TRA.

Stage 2: Documentary evidence assessment

Evidence should be submitted at the time of application, but you may be asked to provide further evidence. You will be told at the time of the request what the time frame is.

Should further evidence be requested, the requested evidence must reach the office of Skilled Migration Assessment Services within the notified time frame.

Where documentation is received after the notified time frame, the application file will be closed. Applicants would then need to restart their visa skills assessment process.

Stage 3: Technical assessment

If you pass the Documentary Evidence Assessment, we will then invite you to proceed to the Technical Interview. You will need to pay your Technical Interview Fee directly to TRA.

We can conduct your Technical Interview in Australia or at one of our in country partner locations. 

The assessors are employed by Victoria University (VU) or our partner institutions in other States.

Technical assessment locations

Australian locations

Technical assessments can be conducted in various locations in each State and Territory of Australia.

Regions with offshore assessment

  • Africa
  • Americas
  • Europe
  • Middle East
  • North Asia
  • South Asia
  • Southeast Asia and Pacific.

*Note the list of regions corresponds to the sites at which we are approved to offer our skills assessment services under the TSS Skills Assessment Program or Offshore Skills Assessment Program (OSAP). If you hold a passport from any of the nominated countries and are eligible for a skills assessment, you can apply to VU as long as you are already in Australia or can travel to Australia or one of the above sites for a technical assessment.

Opt-in Arrangement

Individuals outside nominated countries or who have been instructed by the Department of Home Affairs may approach us for a skills assessment by notifying us of their intention to ‘opt-in’ to the OSAP Skills Assessment Program.

English language

Interviews will be conducted in English and no interpreters are allowed to be present.

Practical assessments

Non-licensed trades

If the evidence gathered through the Documentary Evidence Assessment and Technical Interview is insufficient to assess competence, we may also conduct a Practical Assessment, to assess whether you meet the requirements of the trade qualification.

Licensed trades

Practical assessments are mandatory for licensed trades (plumbing, electrical and air-conditioning). In this case you will need to attend an onshore practical assessment in Australia or at one of our scheduled offshore assessments.

You will need to pay your Practical Assessment Fee directly to TRA.

Stage 4: Assessment outcome

After the Technical Assessment is conducted, we will forward a recommended outcome to Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) to make the final decision.

If you are unhappy with the visa skills assessment process or were unsuccessful in your application, you can view relevant policies on the TRA website.

Pathway 1

If your Skills Assessment is successful, you will receive:

  • Successful Outcome letter and
  • Certificate III or IV Australian Qualification and Transcript of Results for non-licensed trades,
    or
  • an Offshore Technical Skills Record (OTSR) for licensed trades.

If your Skills Assessment is unsuccessful, you will receive:

  • an Unsuccessful Assessment Outcome letter
  • a Statement of Results (non-licensed occupations only).

Pathway 2

If your Skills Assessment is successful, you will receive a Successful Outcome letter.

If your Skills Assessment is unsuccessful, you will receive an Unsuccessful Assessment Outcome letter.

Additional training at VU

If you need some extra training, other options available for license preparation training include:

These require an additional fee. Find a course at VU.

Contact us

Please contact the Skilled Migration Assessment Services team if you require additional information about the skills assessment process.