Membership renewal and fees

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Membership renewal payments are no longer being accepted for 2021.

You can apply for readmission online. You will need to make payment of all your outstanding membership fees.

You can still update your profile in this period with changes to your contact details and communication preferences.

If you have any queries about your membership contact your nearest office.

Delivering what matters to our members in difficult times

In this very challenging year, we have provided a breadth of initiatives and member services, including:

Strength in numbers

Hear from our members about their experiences with CPA Australia's new initiatives.

Working together into the future

In 2021, we will continue to deliver further initiatives, professional development, resources and more for our members, supporting you through your lifelong journey with CPA Australia.

Reduction in fees due to changed employment status

If you are a CPA or FCPA paying the full membership fee, there are a range of reasons you may be eligible for a 50% fee reduction.

You may have been out of the workforce for a substantial period due to unemployment or family care responsibilities, be working part time on significantly reduced hours, or be enjoying family time on unpaid parental leave. Many other circumstances may from time to time impact your ability to work or earn an income.

To apply for a membership fee reduction, please complete our online form prior to payment of your annual membership fee.

Membership fee reductions are granted at the discretion of CPA Australia and expire at the end of the membership year.

About the application form

The information requested in the online form will help us to understand your individual circumstances and the impact on your ability to fully fund your membership renewal for the coming year.

Membership fee reductions are granted based on the evidence provided and evaluation of your recent and current working circumstances, and not granted based on an expected impact in the future.

Your application will require you to provide information about:

  • dates and reason for any period that you have been away from the workforce in the past 12 months
  • details of any employment during the past 12 months, including the number of hours (can be an average) and the type of work (part-time, casual, contract, etc.)
  • any other information or supporting documentation that would assist CPA Australia in reaching a decision – for example, a medical certificate.

To ensure a fair and informed assessment on all applications, we may ask you to provide additional information and/or supporting documents regarding your claim.

Members on a reduced membership fee retain all the privileges of membership and, if selected for a CPD audit, can also apply for a reduction in their CPD requirement.

Reduction in fees due to retirement or transition to retirement

CPA Australia offers a retired status for members who are no longer working or are working substantially reduced hours as they transition to retirement.

To be eligible, you must:

  • have reached the age of 55 years
  • no longer be engaged in full time, gainful employment or business (other than minor part-time activities not exceeding 15 hours per week)
  • no longer hold a specialist certificate.

Retired members maintain all the benefits of membership at a considerably discounted fee, and enjoy a range of discounts on events throughout the year.

There is no requirement to maintain CPD hours, unless you are providing any public accounting services, for the avoidance of doubt, including pro bono work.

If you are nearing retirement, find out how your CPA Australia membership can support you.

You can apply for a transfer to the retired members list at any time throughout the year by completing the online application form.

Complimentary Professional Development

All CPA Australia members are able to enrol in complimentary professional development courses.

Courses can be accessed anytime, anywhere and on any device.

Find out more about the courses and how to enrol