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Supporting documentation

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. 

Emailing documents

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:
    • .jpeg
    • .bmp
    • .gif
    • .png
    • .pdf
    • .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.

Providing low quality scanned documents may delay the processing of your application.

Posting documents

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.  

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 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:
  • add the subject line: VISA DEADLINE: application ID, family name, first name

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.