MIGRATION
ASSESSMENT

Visa applications in Australia may require assessment for your nominated occupation by a relevant assessing authority. CPA Australia is approved by the Department of Home Affairs to assess your qualifications to determine if you meet the educational standards for the following occupations:

  • Accountant (general) – 221111
  • External auditor – 221213
  • Finance manager – 132211
  • Management accountant – 221112
  • Taxation accountant – 221113

CPA Australia can assess for:

  • Full skills assessment: Points tested and employer sponsored visas
  • Provisional assessment: Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) Graduate Work stream
  • Skilled employment assessment: Optional – requires 'Suitable' outcome for full skills assessment.

CPA Australia does not award or provide advice on points for visa applications. Contact the Department of Home Affairs for visa advice.

Processing times

Assessment processing times will vary depending on incoming application volumes. Typically, your assessment will be processed in under 10 business days if all required documents are submitted. Should further supporting documentation be required, your assessment will be placed on hold until they are received.

Assessment criteria

There are three components of the skills assessment to determine suitability:

1. Degree comparability

You must hold a qualification that is assessed by CPA Australia as equivalent to at least an Australian bachelor’s degree. CPA Australia uses the guidelines issued by the Australian Government, Department of Education and Training, when assessing the comparability of overseas qualifications.

The degree requirement for the provisional assessment (subclass 485 visa), requires that you have an Australian bachelor’s degree or 12-unit master’s degree in accounting, business, commerce or economics.

2. Educational knowledge

Study that meets the degree comparability requirement will be assessed for relevancy to your chosen occupation against the following mandatory competency areas for each ANZSCO code:

Accountant (general) – 221111
Finance manager – 132211
Management accountant – 221112
Accounting Systems and Processes
Business Law 
Economics
Financial Accounting and Reporting
Finance and Financial Management
Management Accounting
Quantitative Methods
Taxation accountant – 221113
Accounting Systems and Processes
Australian Taxation Law*
Business Law 
Economics
Financial Accounting and Reporting
Finance and Financial Management
Management Accounting
Quantitative Methods

 *Study must cover Australian taxation law.

External auditor – 221213
Accounting Systems and Processes
Audit and Assurance
Business Law 
Economics
Financial Accounting and Reporting
Finance and Financial Management
Management Accounting
Quantitative Methods
Accredited courses

If you have completed study that is formally accredited by CPA Australia, you can confirm which competency areas you have already met by using our accredited course search. If you have completed an accredited course you will not need to provide syllabus.

3. English proficiency

The English language proficiency requirement is a mandatory component for all applicants. 


Disclaimer

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