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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 all mandatory competency 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 all mandatory competency 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 Department of Education (formerly 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.

Competency areas

Each ANZSCO code has seven or eight mandatory competency areas. To meet the competency area requirements of the general and provisional skills assessments, your qualifications will need to cover all mandatory areas for your chosen ANZSCO code. Study that is assessed by CPA Australia as equivalent to at least an Australian Bachelor degree will be considered in your assesment. 

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

Accountant (general) 221111, Finance Manager ANZSCO code 132211, and Management Accountant 221112

Mandatory

Optional

  • Accounting Systems and Processes
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting 
  • Management Accounting 
  • Finance and Financial Management
  • Business Law 
  • Economics
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Audit and Assurance
  • Taxation Law

Taxation accountant 221113

Mandatory

Optional

  • Accounting Systems and Processes
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting 
  • Management Accounting 
  • Finance and Financial Management
  • Business Law 
  • Economics
  • Quantitative Methods 
  • Australian Taxation Law
  • Audit and assurance

External auditor 221213

Mandatory

Optional

  • Accounting Systems and Processes
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting 
  • Management Accounting 
  • Finance and Financial Management
  • Business Law 
  • Economics
  • Quantitative Methods 
  • Audit and Assurance
  • Taxation Law

Track my application

Allow average 15 working days processing time from the receipt of all documents

If you have evidence of your visa expiring within the next 15 days contact your nearest CPA Australia office for assistance.

Migration agent information

When acting on behalf of a client, you will need to provide either: 

  • a Form 956 
  • a letter of authority

Letters of authority must include the client’s signature, full name and date of birth. It must identify you by your name, company name, postal and email addresses. 

Quality health cover for your visa application

Getting an appropriate level of health insurance may be a requirement for your visa. We have worked with Bupa to offer you the security and protection of private health cover at a discounted rate.
Call 134 135 or visit any Bupa store and quote 2098532 for discounted CPA health cover.