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Criteria and requirements

Skills assessment criteria

To receive a positive result for your chosen Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) code, you will need:

  • a qualification that is assessed by CPA Australia as equivalent to at least an Australian Bachelor degree
  • to have successfully studied in at least nine of the 12 “core knowledge areas”, including the four mandatory core knowledge areas  that are relevant to your chosen ANZSCO code
  • to have met the English proficiency requirement

Provisional assessment criteria for temporary visa (subclass 485)

To receive a positive provisional assessment result for your chosen ANZSCO code, you will need:

  • an Australian Bachelor or 12 Unit Master degree majoring in accounting
  • to have successfully studied in at least nine of the 12 “core knowledge areas”, including the four mandatory core knowledge areas  that are relevant to your chosen ANZSCO code
  • to have met the English proficiency requirement 

Degree requirement

To meet the degree requirement for the general skills assessment, you will need a qualification that is assessed by CPA Australia as equivalent to at least an Australian Bachelor degree. CPA Australia uses the guidelines issued by the Australian Government’s National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) when assessing the comparability of overseas qualifications.

To meet the degree requirement for the provisional assessment, you will need an Australian Bachelor degree or 12 unit Master degree in accounting, business, commerce or economics.

Core knowledge areas

Each ANZSCO code has four mandatory and eight optional core knowledge areas. To meet the core knowledge requirements of the general and provisional skills assessments, your qualifications will need to cover all four mandatory areas for your chosen ANZSCO code, plus an additional five optional areas.  Study that is assessed by CPA Australia as equivalent to at least an Australian Bachelor degree will be considered in the assessment of your core knowledge coverage.

The following is a list of the core knowledge areas needed for each ANZSCO code.

Accountant (general) 221111, and Management accountant 221112

Mandatory

Optional

  • Accounting Systems and Processes
  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Accounting Theory
  • Finance
  • Auditing
  • Commercial Law
  • Economics
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Taxation Law
  • Corporations Law

Taxation accountant 221113

Mandatory

Optional

  • Accounting Systems and Processes
  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Australian Taxation Law
  • Accounting Theory
  • Finance
  • Auditing
  • Commercial Law
  • Economics
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Corporations Law

External auditor 221213

Mandatory

Optional

  • Accounting Systems and Processes
  • Financial Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Management Accounting
  • Accounting Theory
  • Finance
  • Commercial Law
  • Economics
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Taxation Law
  • Corporations Law

Finance manager 132211, and Corporate treasurer 221212

Mandatory

Optional

  • Accounting Systems and Processes
  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Finance
  • Accounting Theory
  • Auditing
  • Commercial Law
  • Economics
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Taxation Law
  • Corporations Law