Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the JobReady test?

The Commonwealth Government is currently developing a JobReady test for general skilled migration visas where the applicant has nominated a trade occupation. The stated purpose of the test is to ensure that potential migrants are able to participate in the labour market in their area of skills and knowledge.

The JobReady Test will come into effect on 1 January 2010. Applicants who apply onshore for a general skilled migration visa (other than the skilled graduate subclass 485 visa and the skilled regional subclass 887 visa) will have to pass the JobReady Test where a trade occupation has been nominated. Applicants who have lodged their application by 31 December 2009 will not have to do the JobReady Test.

The JobReady Test will not apply to applications lodged offshore. A separate offshore testing regime has been in place since 2007.

Details of the test have not yet been released. However, it is anticipated that the test will likely involve an interview during which the applicant must answer technical questions related to their nominated occupation. The test may vary between occupations.



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