Preparing my documents
The documents you need to submit with your application will depend on your qualifications. You will receive a list of documents you need to provide when you apply. In most cases you will need to provide:
- your academic awards (degree and membership certificates)
- your academic transcripts (exam results or mark sheets)
- recognised English test scores or Skilled Migration Internship Program: Accounting (SMIPA) transcripts and completion certificate
- syllabus (detailed subject descriptions)
- signed letter of authority (if you have a third party acting on your behalf)
Supporting documentation for your assessment should be emailed or posted to CPA Australia’s Assessment Unit in Melbourne.
Original colour scans of documents will be accepted for your application. Any documents or forms with credit card details should not be emailed to CPA Australia.
You will need to correctly scan your documents so that we can process your application with minimal delays:
- scan the original of each document
- scan each document separately and include both sides
- if the original document is in colour, scan the document in colour
- ensure you save each document using the correct file type requirements:
- 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.
Providing low quality scanned documents may delay the processing of your application.
Documents you post with your application will need to be “certified true copies” of your originals. Your documents may be certified by any of the following:
- a CPA, FCPA or full member of an IFAC professional body
- a commissioner for oaths
- a Justice of the Peace
- notary public
- a police officer, sheriff, or sheriff's officer
- a bank manager, dentist, legal practitioner, medical practitioner, pharmacist, or veterinary surgeon
- an Australian consular officer, or Australian diplomatic officer
- any other official who, in your home country, is authorised to endorse documents and legal declarations or witness sworn affidavits
- MARA-registered migration agent
- CPA Australia employees
The certification must clearly indicate the date the originals were sighted, and include the name, contact details, and which of the above categories the signatory represents. The certification will need to state that the copies are true and unaltered reproductions of the original documents.
ANZSCO occupation code nomination
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) 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 a different ANZSCO code, you may apply using the Supplementary Services form provided on this page
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.
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 || |
|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 |
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 a university in China to arrange to have their degree award and transcripts verified through an authorised Chinese qualification verification service. If you have a diploma qualification that leads to your bachelor degree, you will further be required to have your transcripts relating to your diploma qualifications verified.
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.
For more information on authorised verification services visit VETASSESS, Aohua, CDGDC or 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:
- scan a copy of your visa deadline
- email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- add the subject line: VISA DEADLINE: application ID, family name, first name