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Current Processing Times

Find our approximate processing times here, before you lodge your application.

How long will it take to process my application?

Every assessment is different and processing times can vary. We're currently dealing with an unprecedented number of applications, which has extended our processing times.

It is important to ensure you lodge a complete set of required documents when you apply, as this will avoid delays with your application.


Skills Assessments that are close to expiry

Applicants with a Skills Assessment that is close to expiring should consider applying for a renewal of their assessment at the same time as they apply for a state or territory migration program - or earlier. Each state and territory has its own criteria for applications and sometimes the timeframes are short. Applicants will be more likely to avoid disappointment if they apply for a renewal early rather than wait for an invitation from a state or territory. Find out how to renew your Skills Assessment before it expires here.

Update - Trade Applications

We are recruiting more qualified assessors to deal with an increase in applications, but there is strong demand for trade occupations and a shortage of qualified assessors. All applications we receive are processed based on the lodgement date, i.e., the date on which we received payment approval from Trades Recognition Australia (TRA). We know this is frustrating for our applicants and we want to assure you we are doing our best to reduce our assessment times.

Processing Times


Time Range

Additional Information

Skills Assessment for Migration - Professional Occupations

12 to 20 weeks 

This may take longer, depending on the complexity of the application and if the required documents and information is submitted is not sufficient

Skills Assessment for Migration - Trade Occupations
Processing time varies depending on the skills assessment program and other factors, such as whether all required documentary evidence has been provided. You can find the approximate processing times in the relevant Applicant Guidelines available for different programs offered by Trades Recognition Australia (TRA). 


Priority Processing
10 business days after an application is confirmed as eligible for Priority Processing Priority processing is available for professional and general occupations. This service is not offered for trade occupations. 
Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa
4 to 6 weeks The Australian Government has reinstated the requirement for a Skills Assessment when applying for this visa. 
DAMA (Designated Area Migration Agreement)
15 business days This processing time also applies to applications for a review of a DAMA assessment outcome. 
ILA (Industry Labour Agreement) 
15 business days  
Points Test Advice 
4 to 6 weeks The assessment may take longer if the qualification claims require further research or investigation. 
8 to 10 weeks The approximate time is 8 to 10 weeks once we have received all the documents required for the assessment. This may take longer depending on the complexity of the application. Priority Processing is available for Renewal applications. 
Reassessment Outcome Review - professional and general occupations 
12 to 20 weeks  
Reassessment - Change of Occupation 
12 to 20 weeks Priority Processing is available for Change of Occupation applications. 
12 to 20 weeks  
Psychotherapy and Counselling Qualifications Assessment

6 to 8 weeks 

Complementary Health Therapies Assessment 
4 to 6 weeks  
Qualifications Assessment for Financial Advisors 
4 to 6 weeks  
Chinese Qualifications Verification 
8 to 10 weeks Most Chinese Qualification Verification applications are completed within 8-10 weeks, with a small number of cases taking longer (for instance, any qualifications awarded before 1995). Failure to submit all required documents when you apply may cause considerable delays in completing your Chinese Qualification Verification application. 
Australian Technical Competencies Statement

15 weeks  


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