• Charlene Tan

What is Trades Recognition Australia's Migration Skills Assessment (MSA) Program?



Most skilled visas require skills assessment to be completed. This is required for the general skilled migration visa subclasses 189/190/494, employer nominated 186 direct entry and TSS 482 as well as the 485 temporary graduate visa. This blog touches on the skills assessment requirements by Trade Recognition Australia. I'll cover Vetassess in another article.


The Migration Skills Assessment (MSA) Program is for applicants who require a skills assessment to apply to the Department of Home Affairs for a skilled migration visa.

A skills assessment determines if you have the skills and experience necessary to work in Australia at the required level for your occupation.


Note: Before submitting an application to Trades Recognition Australia, it is your responsibility to confirm with the Department of Home Affairs that you require a skills assessment for your visa, and that Trades Recognition Australia is the relevant assessing authority for your occupation.


Who can apply for Migration skills assessment?

You are eligible to apply for the MSA program if your nominated occupation is:

o Listed on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) or the Short-term Skilled Occupations List (STSOL) on the Home Affairs website www.homeaffairs.gov.au and TRA is the relevant skills assessing authority

o Directly relevant to your qualification and/or apprenticeship

o Directly relevant to your employment.


How do I know if I’m eligible for this?

You are not eligible for the MSA program if you are:

o an applicant from a specified country of passport and occupation, which requires a skills assessment under the TRA Offshore Skills Assessment Program

o seeking an assessment for one of the following licensed occupations: Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic, Electrician (General), Electrician (Special Class) and Plumber (General). Please refer to the TRA Offshore Skills Assessment Program

o applying for a Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485). Please refer to the TRA Job Ready Program

o applying for a Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482). Please refer to the TRA TSS Skills Assessment Program


How much does it cost?

Assessment Step Fee ($AUD)

Migration Skills Assessment (MSA) $720

Migration Skills Assessment (MSA) - Review $645


What documents do I need to provide?

Please ensure you have original color scans of:

o Passport identification page

o Qualification/s

o Academic transcripts for each qualification

o A completed Employer Template for each employment period claimed

o Pay evidence for each period of employment claimed 7

o Evidence of self-employment (if applicable)



Still feeling unsure? We understand! Feel free to book in a consultation for detailed advice and steps!



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