Migration to Australia

Apply for a migration skills assessment

We're a designated assessing authority and can determine if you meet the educational standard for the occupations listed below, alongside the corresponding codes from the Australia and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO).

  • Accountant (general) – 221111
  • Corporate Treasurer – 221212
  • External auditor – 221213
  • Finance manager – 132211
  • Management accountant – 221112
  • Taxation accountant – 221113

CPA Australia provides the following migration assessment services:

  • Full skills assessment: Points tested and employer sponsored visas
  • Provisional assessment: Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) Graduate Work stream
  • Skilled employment assessment: Optional – requires 'suitable' outcome for full skills assessment.

CPA Australia doesn't award or provide advice on points for visa applications. We recommend you contact the Department of Home Affairs for visa advice.

Processing times

It currently takes us approximately 15 to 20 business days to process applications once we receive all necessary documents. Please note this wait time may vary depending on the volume of applications.  

If your application requires additional supporting details, your assessment will be put on hold until that information is received.

End-of-year office closure

CPA Australia offices will be closed during the 2021/22 festive season, from Monday 20 December 2021 to Monday 3 January 2022 (inclusive), and this period will be excluded from the processing times for migration applications. We will endeavour to process received applications as soon as possible after our office reopens on Tuesday 4 January 2022. We thank you in advance for your patience and wish you a happy and safe holiday season.

Assessment criteria

There are three components of the skills assessment to determine suitability:

1. Degree comparability

You must hold a qualification that we assess to be an equivalent to at least an Australian bachelor's degree. We follow the Australian Government's Department of Education, Skills and Employment guidelines when assessing overseas qualifications.

Provisional assessments for the subclass 485 visa require you to have an Australian bachelor's degree or 12-unit master's degree in accounting, business, commerce or economics.

2. Educational knowledge

Qualifications that meet the degree comparability requirement will be assessed for relevance to your chosen occupation. This is conducted using the following mandatory competencies according to each ANZSCO code.

Accountant (general) - 221111
Corporate treasurer - 221212
Finance manager - 132211
Management accountant - 221112
Taxation accountant - 221113 External auditor - 221213
Accounting systems and Processes Accounting Systems and Processes Accounting Systems and Processes
Business Law Australian Taxation Law* Audit and Assurance
Economics Business Law Business Law
Financial Accounting and Reporting Economics Economics
Finance and Financial Management Financial Accounting and Reporting Financial Accounting and Reporting
Management Accounting Finance and Financial Management Finance and Financial Management
Quantitative Methods Management Accounting Management Accounting
  Quantitative Methods Quantitative Methods
  *Study must cover Australian taxation law  

Use our accredited course search to check your qualifications are on CPA Australia's list of formally accredited studies. This tool will show the competencies achieved from your qualifications. If you have completed an accredited course, you will not need to provide details of your studies to accompany your application.

3. English proficiency

The English language proficiency requirement is mandatory for all applicants.


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