The Skilled Migration Internship Program: Accounting (SMIPA) is a professional year program approved by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) (formerly known as the Department of Immigration and Citizenship), available to overseas students who have an Australian accounting degree qualification as a result of at least two years' study in Australia.

SMIPA involves: 

  • a minimum of 44 weeks' training, including a 12-week internship placement with a relevant host company
  • professional development and practical hands-on learning, with an emphasis on workplace preparation: Culture, ethics and expectations
  • recognition as a pathway for 485 visa holders seeking permanent residency under general skilled migration (GSM)

Successful completion of SMIPA may attract additional points under the GSM points test.

SMIPA was developed by CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and the Institute of Public Accountants. It is delivered by registered providers who have been approved by all three professional accounting bodies.

Enrolment in any of the accounting bodies’ professional programs is independent of an individual’s participation in SMIPA or any other DIBP-approved pathways to permanent residency.

Does CPA Australia provide the SMIPA?

No. The SMIPA is overseen by the three professional accounting bodies. The program is delivered by registered providers who have been jointly approved by the three bodies. 

Applications to deliver the SMIPA Program will be open in the latter half of 2018. All applicants must be either a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) or a Higher Education Provider (HEP) and have been registered for at least three years. 

To express an interest in becoming an approved provider, email with your company details, contact information and RTO or HEP registration number. 

Approved SMIPA providers

Important Websites

Please Note: Neither the Professional Accounting Bodies nor SMIPA are associated in any way with the AIFA Professional Year Program for Bookkeepers.

Frequently asked questions

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.