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Skilled employment assessment

If you have worked in a professional accounting role you may be eligible to claim additional points for your Skilled Migration Visa application. CPA Australia will assess your employment history to determine if the experience obtained is relevant to the selected ANZSCO occupation and at a level expected from Australian employers.


Work experience or employment claims will only be considered if you receive (or have previously received) a successful full skills assessment outcome under your nominated occupation by CPA Australia.

CPA Australia will only recognise employment that:

  • is assessed as closely related to the ANZSCO occupation for which you have received a successful skills assessment outcome
  • was undertaken in the 10 years prior to your CPA Australia Skills Assessment application date
  • was undertaken after you have completed a formal qualification (or combination of qualifications) that is recognised by CPA Australia as at least equivalent to Australian bachelor degree level
  • 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 / resumes will not be accepted.

Supporting documents

To be assessed for skilled employment, you must provide a testimonial from your employer that:
  • is written on 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
  • includes the name and position of the person authorised to sign the employment reference/testimonial and should include the authorised person's signature. References from colleagues of the applicant at the same level or below will not be considered 
  • includes the work contact number and email address of the person writing the reference. Personal phone numbers or addresses will not be accepted

The testimonial must include:
  • start and end date/s of your employment history (multiple roles within the same organisation must be listed separately)
  • position/s held 
  • whether your role/s were permanent or temporary 
  • full-time or part-time
  • your required working hours per week 
  • the duties or responsibilities undertaken in each position
  • the salary you earned

Note: Volunteer work and experience carried out as part of a qualification are not considered for skill employment.

If you are not able to obtain an employment reference on a business letterhead, a Statutory Declaration may be considered in its place. In addition to outlining the reason/s why you were not able to attain a work reference, your testimonial must include the above-mentioned criteria (eg. Period/s of employment, position/s held, etc).

CPA Australia will not 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 have undertaken concurrent work, we recommend providing testimonial for the role that is most suitable for the ANZSCO code you have applied for. CPA Australia will ensure that the largest/longest possible period of skilled employment is recognised in your final assessment.

You will also need to include third party documentation such as taxation certificates, employment contracts, pay slips, a letter from a work colleague confirming your relationship and work duties, as well as any other relevant information that verifies employment.


Self-employed applicants must provide a testimonial that is written on the official letterhead of your business. The letterhead should indicate clearly the full address and any telephone, email and website addresses.

The testimonial must include:
  • start and end dates
  • your working hours per week
  • the duties or responsibilities undertaken in each position
  • the salary you earned
You will also need to include certified copies of the following documents:
  • registration of your business name
  • practicing certificate
  • tax returns of first, a middle and final year (if relevant) of business operation
  • references from two or more clients on letterhead, stating work done by your business and the period your business was employed by the referee

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.

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.

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.