If you’ve worked in a relevant professional role, you may be eligible to claim additional points for your Skilled Migration visa application. CPA Australia can assess your employment history to determine if your experience is closely related to your selected ANZSCO occupation and at a level expected from Australian employers.

To address potential fraud and document manipulation, we won’t accept additional information or altered references once you’ve have received your initial outcome.


Work experience or employment claims will only be considered if you’ve received a suitable full skills assessment outcome under your nominated occupation by CPA Australia.

Volunteer work and experience carried out as part of a qualification won’t be recognised as skilled employment.

We'll only recognise employment that:

  • is assessed as closely related to the ANZSCO occupation that you’ve received a suitable skills assessment outcome for
  • was undertaken in the last 10 years
  • was undertaken after you completed a formal qualification (or combination of qualifications) that's assessed by CPA Australia as equivalent to at least an Australian bachelor’s degree
  • was paid and continuous for a minimum of 20 hours per week
  • is a minimum of one year of accumulated employment, for at least three months per role.

Note: CVs and resumes won't be accepted as evidence of employment. 

Employer testimonial

For employment claims to be recognised for skilled employment, you must provide a signed testimonial from your employer that includes:

  • the official letterhead of the employing business. The letterhead should indicate clearly the full address of the business and any telephone, email and website addresses
  • the name, position, signature, contact number and direct work email of the person authorised to sign the testimonial. References from your colleagues at the same level or below won’t be considered
  • the direct work email address and contact number of the individual writing the reference. Personal phone numbers or addresses won’t be accepted
  • specific start and end dates of your employment history. Multiple roles within the same organisation must be listed separately, with specific start and end dates. Please specify all dates in the following format: DD/MM/YYYY
  • the duties or responsibilities undertaken in each role. These must be written in your employer’s own words and be relevant to your daily and monthly tasks/responsibilities. Generic job descriptions or tasks copied from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) occupation definitions won’t be accepted
  • whether your role/s were permanent or temporary
  • your working hours per week
  • the salary you earned.

CPA Australia reserves the right to contact your employer for further verification. If your submission is suspected to contain fraudulent or misleading information, we have the right to refuse your application with no refund and may report this information to the Department of Home Affairs.

Note: If you’re unable to obtain an employer testimonial on a business letterhead, a statutory declaration may be considered in its place. In addition to outlining the reasons why you weren’t able to obtain an employer testimonial, your declaration must include the criteria outlined above.

Employment contract and pay slips

These are used to substantiate your employment claims. If you have multiple employments, please provide the employment contract and payslips for each one. We require a minimum of three payslips for each role being claimed for and they should ideally be from the start, middle and end of each role, where possible.

A self-written summary outlining your employment history

This is used to indicate the employment claims you want us to assess. Please don’t list your duties or responsibilities in your self-written summary as these need to be provided by your employer in your employer testimonial.

The summary must include details of your current and past employers’ business names, roles/ position titles, specific start and end dates (DD/MM/YYYY) for each role/position, number of working hours per week and salary. These details can be listed in bullet/dot points.


  • We may request further documentation before finalising your skilled employment assessment
  • We won’t recognise accumulated time for work/client engagements that were performed during the same period. For example, you cannot claim more than 12 months of experience in a 12-month period. If you’ve undertaken concurrent work, we recommend providing a testimonial for the role that’s most suitable for the ANZSCO code you applied for. We’ll ensure that the longest possible period of skilled employment is recognised in your final assessment


Self-employed applicants must provide a testimonial that’s written on the official letterhead of their business. The letterhead should indicate clearly the full address and any telephone, email and website addresses. The testimonial must be accompanied with a Statutory Declaration confirming its truthfulness.

The testimonial must include:

  • specific start and end dates
  • your working hours per week
  • the duties or responsibilities undertaken in each position
  • the salary you earned.

You’ll also need to include high quality scans of the following original documents:

  • your official business name registration
  • practising certificate
  • tax returns of your first, middle and final year (if relevant) of business operation
  • references from two or more clients on their letterheads, stating work done by your business and the period your business was employed by the referee.

If your self-employment was conducted outside of Australia, we’ll accept substitutes for the above-mentioned documents, provided they confirm the same information. For example, some countries may issue a ‘Tax Registration’ document rather than a ‘Business Registration’ document.

Note: Managing the accounts or accounting duties of your own business may not be considered as meeting the requirements.


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