What Is the Job Ready Program for Chefs and Trade Occupations Leading to PR?

Mar 16, 2023

Are you a chef or skilled trade worker looking to make Australia your new home? Then you're in luck! The Skilled Occupations List offers a variety of PR pathways for those who have completed a diploma or degree course in these fields.

As a Chef, you can apply for a subclass 485 Graduate Visa (Post Study Work Stream), subclass 407 Training Visa, Employer-Sponsored Visa (if you have relevant experience), and General Skilled Migration. With JRP, you can claim an additional five points to help get Australian PR.

However, if you're looking for a straightforward path to permanent residency, you'll want to consider the Job Ready Program (JRP) offered by Trades Recognition Australia. This program not only streamlines the application process but also adds an extra five points to your PR eligibility.

In this blog, we'll discuss the Job Ready Program (JRP) and how chefs or trade workers can achieve their dream of living and working in Australia.

What Is a Job Ready Program (JRP)?

What’s a Job Ready Program (JRP)?

The Job Ready Program (JRP) is an employment-based skills assessment program that enables international graduates to apply for skilled migration visas, however, the graduate must have secured an Australian qualification such as an undergrad or grad degree. This program is issued by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) that is registered under the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). 

Moreover, few cities in Australia have been considered as regional areas, ultimately students with PR aspirations can benefit from this as well. The JRP program offers students a great opportunity to gain valuable work experience, develop their skills, and get familiar with the Australian work culture before applying for a skilled migration visa. It has four stages, and each stage has its unique requirements and fees.

Some of the top universities in Australia offer a Job Ready Program (JRP), including Charles Sturt University, Griffith University, Australian Catholic University (ACU), and many more.

Let Us Get Familiar with the Stages of the Program! 


Provisional Skills Assessment (PSA) Stage:

The first stage, Provisional Skills Assessment (PSA), requires students to complete 360 hours of employment and/or vocational placement.

Fees: $200 AUD

Job Ready Employer (JRE) Stage:

If students have completed at least 1725 hours of paid employment over 12 months, they are eligible for the Job Ready Employer (JRE) stage.

Fees: $450 AUD

Job Ready Workplace Assessment (JRWA) Stage:

Then, they can complete the Job Ready Workplace Assessment (JRWA) stage by working at least 863 hours over at least six months from their JRE start date.

Fees: $2,540 AUD

Job Ready Final Assessment (JRP) Stage:

The JRP program concludes with the Job Ready Final Assessment (JRP), which students can take once they have successfully completed all the previous stages.

Fees: $65 AUD

We have provided a table for a more clearer and visual understanding of Job Ready Program Stages and Fees:

JRP Stage

Hours of Work


Fee (AUD)




$200 AUD



12 Months

$450 AUD



6 Months

$2,540 AUD




$65 AUD


What Are the Steps to Be Followed?

What are the steps to be followed?

To apply for the Job Ready Program (JRP), you will need to follow these steps:

Eligibility Check: 

The JRP is available for certain occupations and visa types only. In order to check your eligibility you must visit the Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) website or you can get in touch with a migration consultant as well.

Choose a Pathway: 

There are two pathways available for the program:

  • Employer-based Training pathway

  • Job Ready Employment pathway.

To match your preference, you’ll need to choose the most appropriate pathway among the two.

Apply for Skill Assessment: 

In order to determine whether you have the required skills and qualifications to work in your specialized profession, in this case as a chef, you must apply for the TRA for skill assessment in Australia.

Find a Suitable Employer:

If you are applying for the Employer-Based Training pathway, you are required to find an employer who is willing to sponsor you for the JRP.

Start Working: 

After you have found a suitable employer, you can begin working in your nominated occupation in Australia. However, you will need to complete a set number of hours of paid employment in order to meet the Job Ready Program (JRP) requirements.

Completion of Workplace Assessment: 

As part of the Job Ready Program (JRP), you will need to undergo a workplace assessment. This assessment will demonstrate your skills and competencies in your nominated occupation. Moreover, skilled individuals have exceptional value in Australia.

Visa Application:

The final step is to apply for a Visa. After the completion of the Job Ready Program (JRP) requirements, you are required to apply for a relevant visa to stay and work in Australia permanently.

We will provide a table showing the Visa services in Australia for Chefs with Job Ready Program (JRP):

Visa Subclass



485 (Graduate)

Completed JRP PSA

Post-study work rights for 18 months

407 (Training)

Completed JRP PSA

Temporary visa for workplace training

186 (Employer-Sponsored)

Completed JRP JRE and JRWA

Employer-sponsored permanent residency

189/190/491 (Skilled Independent)

Completed JRP JRE and JRWA

Skilled independent permanent residency



In this article, we have aimed to provide all the steps and stages necessary to know when applying for the Job Ready Program (JRP). PFEC Global’s experienced guidance and support have enabled many international students. Our migration counselors provide expert counsel to answer all of your migration-related queries, ensuring that nothing stands in the way of your aspirations and dream job!

Please reach out to us at +610396201773 (Melbourne), +610283784282 (Sydney), +610870992258 (Adelaide) for more details.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Is the profession of chef in demand in Australia?


Answer: Chef employment has increased significantly over the last five years and will continue to increase significantly in the long term. 78% of chefs work full-time, which is higher than the norm for other roles in the hospitality industry.


What is a job-ready program in South Australia?


Answer: It permits eligible South Australian students to enroll in subsidized Certificate II to Advanced Diploma qualifications across a variety of industries. Eligible students can receive bridging units or learner support services to help them finish their education, regardless of qualification level or sector.


Is the culinary profession on a PR list?


Answer: Due to high demand, the chef or culinary occupation has been added to the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL), which means that anyone with a qualification in commercial cooking or hospitality and related expertise can apply for visas such as Nominated Skilled 190 (subclass 190).


Which courses are eligible for PR in Australia 2023?


Answer: The following courses are in demand: Engineering Courses, Trade-Related Courses, Medical Courses, Accountancy Courses, Courses, Nursing Courses.


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