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Migration assessment

Note: Application best completed on a desktop computer.

Preparing my documents

Supporting documentation

The documents you need to submit with your application will depend on your qualifications. In most cases you will need to provide:

  • passport (photo page) or national ID card
  • official academic awards
  • official academic transcripts
  • proof of name change (if applicable)
  • evidence of English language proficiency
  • detailed syllabus for all qualifications not accredited by CPA Australia
  • skilled employment reference/testimonials (if applicable)
  • professional body qualifications (if applicable)
    • exam results
    • membership certificate
  • Form 956 or letter of authorisation (if a third party is acting on your behalf)
  • academic transcripts from prior studies if you have received exemptions into your degree.

Submitting documents

You must provide high quality (at least 300dpi), colour scans of your original documents. Please do not include documents with credit card details or tax file numbers.To avoid processing delays, please ensure to scan both sides of two-sided documents and save the document in one of the following formats: jpeg, jpg, bmp, gif, png, pdf or tiff. Encrypted pdf files cannot be accepted

There is no limit to the number of documents that can be provided, however your email size cannot exceed 40mb in total. We do not accept files that have been compressed or archived. A compressed or archived file is a container for documents, programs or other files that have been packaged together and reduced in size, for example zip or rar files.

ANZCO code nomination

The Department of Home Affairs restricts visa applicants to one application with one nominated ANZSCO code at a time. They do not allow concurrent applications.

When applying online you can only choose one ANZSCO occupation for assessment. However, if you wish to have your skills assessed under an additional ANZSCO code, you may apply using the Supplementary Services form.

You can also contact us to change your ANZSCO code at any time before your assessment is complete.

Definitions of ANZSCO codes can be viewed on the Australian Bureau of Statistics.  

Accredited degrees

If you have completed study that is formally accredited by CPA Australia, you can check which competency areas you have completed prior to applying for an assessment by searching for your course.  If you have completed an accredited course, you do not need to provide syllabus.

Use the following table to help track the conversion from the old core knowledge areas to the current set of competency areas:

Pre-July 2015 core knowledge areas  Post-July 2015 competency areas 
Accounting Systems and Processes  Accounting Systems and Processes 
Financial Accounting 
Financial Accounting and Reporting 
Accounting Theory 
Management Accounting  Management Accounting 
Finance  Finance and Financial Management 
Commercial Law 
Business Law 
Corporations Law 
Economics  Economics 
Quantitative Methods  Quantitative Methods 
Accounting Information Systems  *Removed – no longer required 
Auditing  Audit and Assurance 
Taxation Law / Australian Taxation Law  Taxation / Australian Taxation Law 

Other qualifications

If your study is not formally accredited by CPA Australia, you will need to include syllabus with your application so that we can provide you with individual advice on which competency areas have been studied in your qualification. 


Syllabus details, also known as subject descriptions, should be provided for all accounting, finance and business subjects, and should demonstrate what content was covered in each of your relevant subjects.

Your syllabus must:

  • relate to the exact years during which you studied
  • relate to the exact subjects that are listed on your transcript
  • be written in English.

If you are unable to obtain the official syllabus, we will accept a Statutory Declaration stating the reason for its non-availability and a detailed, personal summary of the relevant subjects. Please ensure the Statutory Declaration is witnessed by a Justice of the Peace or notary officer.

If the veracity of information provided is brought into question, CPA Australia may refuse your qualifications for assessment.

Detailed syllabus material plays an important part of the assessment process. Failure to provide adequate syllabus may adversely affect the outcome of your assessment.

Chinese degree verification

CPA Australia requires all applicants who hold a non-accredited degree from an institution in China to have their degree award and transcripts verified through an authorised Chinese qualification verification service, accompanied by an English translation. If you have a diploma qualification that contributed to your bachelor degree, you must also provide the relevant verified and translated award and transcripts.

All verification reports must be sent directly to CPA Australia from the verification body and must include a copy of the documents that have been verified. 

Ensure you consider the verification processing times and ensure you allocate sufficient time for your verification to be completed.  

We currently accept verifications from the following authorised verification services: VETASSESS, Aohua and CHESICC.

How to prioritise an urgent application

If your visa is expiring within three weeks, please notify us and we will prioritise your application to aim for your results to be issued before your visa deadline. You will need to do the following:

  1. scan a copy of your visa deadline
  2. attach it to an email with the subject line VISA DEADLINE: application ID, family name, first name
  3. send to