VETASSESS: new rules & systems outage

New rules apply; application portal will be closed from Wednesday 27 Feb 5.00pm to Friday 1 Mar 8.00am (AEST)


The writer has received an email from VETASSESS with the following content:

Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) has announced changes to the Trade Skills Assessment programs for TSS, OSAP and TRS.

These changes will affect all new applications from 1st March 2019 and include changes to fees payable and assessment criteria.

Please read through the attached Fact Sheet (including Frequently Asked Questions) for more information.

In order for VETASSESS to implement these changes, the VETASSESS Application portal will be closed for maintenance from Wednesday 27th February 5.00pm (AEST) and will reopen on Friday 1st of March at 8.00am

We are planning an information session soon, to discuss any questions you may have regarding these changes.

New rules

The above mentioned email contains an attachment which includes the following passage:

The amount of verifiable employment evidence a Pathway 1 applicant must submit for their nominated occupation has been changed as follows:

    • Licensed trade with no formal training – six years work experience
    • Licensed trade with formal training – four years work experience
    • Non-licensed trade with no formal training – five years work experience
    • Non-licensed trade with formal training – three years work experience.

Additionally, all applicants must have completed at least 12 months of employment in their nominated occupation in the three years prior to lodging their application.

* TRA has defined ‘formal training’ as training that aligns with the national training standards in the applicant’s country of training.

NOTE: The requirements for Pathway 2 assessments are unchanged.  

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Sergio Zanotti Stagliorio is a Registered Migration Agent (MARN 1461003). He is the owner of Target Migration in Sydney. He can be reached at

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