Australia migration assessment outcome and advice

Your Australia migration assessment is subject to set periods of validity. Find out how you can appeal your outcome, update your skills assessment and other options available to you.

How long is your application valid for?

Your application with CPA Australia is valid for three years from the date of your initial assessment outcome. Please note that any subsequent updates, such as applying for assessment of additional ANZSCO codes, skilled employment assessments or reviews, will not reset the expiration date of an application.

Your assessment outcome is valid with the Department of Home Affairs for three years from the date of outcome.

Update, appeal or request a new ANZSCO code with our supplementary services form

Use our supplementary services application form for the services below. See assessment fees.

1. Update your assessment

You can update your assessment if you've completed additional study with other higher education providers or another English test and your application is still valid.

2. Appeal your assessment

If you've received a skills assessment from us that you feel is inaccurate, you can appeal the decision. Appeals will use the documents you submitted with your application.

If you wish to submit new documents for your application, then this will be an update for your application, not an appeal.

External appeal

If you're unsatisfied with the outcome of your appeal, you can contact the Administrative Appeals Tribunal or the Commonwealth Ombudsman to see if the assessment outcome qualifies for an independent review.

3. Request a new ANZSCO code

You can change the ANZSCO code for your skills assessment after your application is submitted.

Is your English Language Proficiency test report valid?

Your English Language Proficiency test report must be valid at the time of assessment outcome. Please ensure you provide a valid English Language Proficiency test report along with your qualification assessment application, including for any update, appeal and additional ANZSCO code requests.

Begin your supplementary services application

Use this form to update, appeal or request a new ANZSCO code

What to do if further studies are required?

If your assessment indicates further studies are required, you have two options:

CPA Program foundation exams

Depending upon the assessment outcome, you may be required to complete further studies to meet the competency areas. One option is to enrol in CPA Australia foundation exams. Our foundation exams are a flexible, self-paced study program. You can enrol any time and choose when to sit your exam within 12 months of enrolment.

If you would like to complete outstanding competency areas through CPA Program foundation exams, register your interest below.

A free update to your skills assessment is available when choosing this option. When you have successfully completed the required foundation exams, please email us to finalise your assessment outcome.

E: [email protected]

Have questions? Reach out by emailing [email protected] or get in touch via our Contact Us page.

Competency areas and corresponding CPA Program foundation exams

This table outlines the competency requirements and related foundation exams.

Competency requirements Foundation exams
Economics, Quantitative Methods Economics and Markets
Accounting Systems and Processes Foundations of Accounting
Business Law
Comprised of Commercial Law and Corporations Law
Fundamentals of Business Law
Finance and Financial Management Business Finance
Financial Accounting and Reporting
Comprised of Financial Accounting and Accounting Theory
Financial Accounting and Reporting
Management Accounting Management Accounting
Auditing unavailable
Taxation law unavailable

Register your interest in foundation exams for migration skills assessment

Once submitted, we'll get back to you by email within ten working days. If you're eligible to enrol, we'll send instructions on how to enrol online into the required exams.


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