Global Accounting Alliance FAQs

How do the services available to GAA members differ from those available to CA ANZ members?

Use of CA designation No Yes
Able to practice No Yes, if certain conditions are met
Access to advisory services and helplines No Yes
CA ANZ magazines Yes Yes
My CA online support No Yes
CPD events Charged at CA ANZ Member rate Member rate
Use of library and information service Yes. Access to the online library, enquiry desk, document delivery and book borrowing services while based in Australia or NZ Yes
Online subject gateways and country resources Yes, but access to some materials restricted Yes
Online accounting and tax developments by country, industry guides, market research reports, articles from key business magazinesand e-books No Yes
Access to CA ANZ website Public pages only Yes
Special rates on room bookings at CA ANZ meeting and conference rooms Yes Yes
Eligible for CA ANZ member rewards and discounts Yes, with some restrictions on eligibility for finance and insurance based products Yes

Is there any additional cost involved in obtaining a GAA passport?

There will be no charge or additional cost involved to obtain a GAA passport. However, if you have plans to join as a CA ANZ member there is a cost involved and the process and fees are provided below.

Am I eligible to join CA ANZ?

The pathway to joining CA ANZ for full members of a GAA reciprocal body is straightforward. Simply follow the steps below.

Step 1 – Obtain required documentation

Step 2 – Apply for special admission to full CA ANZ membership

Read more about your eligibility here.

Will I need to pay an admission fee and an annual subscription when joining CA ANZ?

Yes, the application fee for special admission is AUD 640/NZD 740.

You will then need to pay the full CA subscription fee upon approval on pro-rata basis to access all the CA ANZ member benefits, including discounts with finance, insurance and other product providers.

If I am a GAA member, will I qualify for a practising certificate?

Not automatically. You will need to apply for a Certificate of Public Practice to provide services as a CA to the public in Australia or New Zealand.

Read more about applying for CPP in ANZ.

If I become a member of CA ANZ, will I automatically qualify for audit rights?

Not automatically. You will need to apply for Audit Rights to enable you the right to practice and perform audit duties in Australia and New Zealand if you are living in Australia or New Zealand.

Understand the requirements for members performing regulated audits in New Zealand.

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) is responsible for Audit regulation in Australia. For more information visit Company auditors | ASIC.

Can GAA members use the CA ANZ member designation CA when visiting or working here?

No. The designation CA for professional chartered accountant members of CA ANZ is widely recognised in Australia and New Zealand. Members of GAA institutes are encouraged to join CA ANZ if they are working in Australia or New Zealand so they can use the designation.

Does CA ANZ allow GAA members to use its library services?

Yes, GAA members are welcome to access the resources of the CA ANZ libraries if they are visiting or residing in Australia or New Zealand. You will need to provide the membership number of your affiliated institute.

What library services does CA ANZ have?

We have an online library catalogue so you can select and request items yourself. We lend hard copy books, magazines, journals and documents to addressees within Australia and New Zealand. Our lending period is for 21 days, with the opportunity to extend for another three weeks. We also have a personalised research service. See the Library homepage for more on library services and contact details.

Can I participate in any of the CA ANZ educational, technical and social events?

Yes. GAA members are welcome to attend CA ANZ events at the discounted price available to CA ANZ members. Our events are promoted on our website and in our newsletters. Visit Education Store to see what's coming up.

Do you have meeting rooms or conference facilities?

GAA Passport holders can hire our meeting rooms and conference facilities for business or social networking events at member discounted rates. CA ANZ has meeting rooms and modern conference facilities in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Canberra and Adelaide, and in Auckland and Wellington in New Zealand.

What other CA ANZ services can GAA passport holders access?

CA ANZ has other resources available to GAA Passport holders, including access to special interest groups that meet regularly or occasionally. There is also a range of professional tools, templates, engagement letters, checklists and insights that may be available to help you work. You will need to provide your membership number as a minimum to access these resources, and there may be additional requirements, depending on the service or resource.

Who else is in the GAA?

The GAA is an alliance of 10 leading accountancy bodies in major capital markets. As well as CA ANZ, these include:

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Chartered Professional Accountants Canada (CPA Canada)
  • Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI)
  • Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA)
  • Institut der Wirtschaftsprüfer (IDW)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS)
  • Japanese Institute of Certified Public Accountants (JICPA)
  • South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA)

I want to know more about the GAA. Where should I look?

For more information on the work of the GAA visit The GAA also has a journal, which is an online resource containing technical and business updates from all the member bodies of the alliance.

My question hasn't been answered here, who should I contact?

For other questions about the GAA Passport for member services and GAA membership to become a CA, you can contact us by telephone: in Australia call 1300 137 322, or if outside Australia call +61 2 92905660, or email [email protected]