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What is a migration skills assessment and why do I need one?

For certain skilled migration visas you will need to provide evidence that your skills have been assessed as suitable for your nominated occupation by the relevant assessing authority.

CPA Australia can assess your overseas or Australian education, English proficiency and, in some cases, your work history, to determine if you meet a set of predetermined criteria required for your chosen occupation.

As well as a full skills assessment that can be used in your application for an Employer sponsored visa or Points tested (SkillSelect) visa, CPA Australia also issues a provisional skills assessment for recent graduates of Australian education institutions who are applying for the Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485). We also provide skilled employment assessments. 

Note: CPA Australia does not award or provide advice on points for visa applications.

What is a provisional assessment?

The temporary graduate visa (subclass 485) skills assessment, also known as a "provisional assessment", is for recent graduates of Australian educational institutions that are applying for a subclass 485 visa.

The requirements for the provisional assessment are similar to those of the general migration assessment. However, there are some differences, which include scores that are accepted for meeting the English proficiency requirement.


CPA Australia can assess your qualifications and skills for the following occupations:

  • accountant (general) (ANZSCO code 221111) 
  • external auditor (ANZSCO code 221213) 
  • finance manager (ANZSCO code 132211) 
  • management accountant (ANZSCO code 221112) 
  • taxation accountant (ANZSCO code 221113) 

Lodging an Expression of Interest?

If you are planning to lodge your expression of interest (EOI) with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), make sure you wait until you have received your migration assessment outcome from CPA Australia first.