Skills assessment for accounting occupations in Australia

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) is approved by the Department of Home Affairs to conduct skills assessments for accounting occupations.

Skills assessments for migration purposes are issued by relevant skills assessing authorities.              

The combined list of eligible skilled occupations sets out all relevant occupations under 4 occupation lists. Most occupations in each list have their own skills assessing authority. 

Accounting occupations

CA ANZ conducts skills assessment for the following accounting occupations:

  • Accountant (General) – ANZSCO 221111
  • Management Accountant – ANZSCO 221112
  • Taxation Accountant – ANZSCO 221113
  • Corporate Treasurer - ANZSCO 221212
  • External Auditor – ANZSCO 221213
  • Finance Manager – ANZSCO 132211 

The ANZSCO provides information on the skill level of jobs, qualifications and/or experience needed to work in occupations. Occupation definitions can be found on Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Accounting skills assessment

Obtaining a suitable skills assessment is mandatory for some visa subclasses (and streams) and may be requested for others.

CA ANZ provides:

Skills assessment criteria

CA ANZ will assess your educational qualifications to determine if they meet the educational standards for the accounting occupations:

Degree comparability 

You must hold a qualification comparable to at least the level of an Australian bachelor’s degree.

Degree requirement for:

  • provisional (subclass 485 visa – graduate work stream) skills assessment: Australian bachelor’s degree or 12 unit Australian master’s degree in accounting or relevant field (business, commerce or economics)
  • full (permanent) skills assessment: Australian bachelor’s degree or 12 unit Australian master’s degree or an overseas tertiary and/or professional membership qualification comparable to at least the level of an Australian bachelor’s degree (AQF level 7 or higher)

Competency areas

You must complete all mandatory competency areas that are relevant to your nominated occupation.

English language requirement

You must provide evidence that you have met the English language proficiency requirement from one of the following approved providers:

Skilled employment assessment

You must hold a suitable full (permanent) qualification assessment outcome under the same nominated occupation from CA ANZ to apply for a skilled employment assessment.

What you should know

  • Ensure you understand the details of your personal visa requirements as set by the Department of Home Affairs or engage the services of a registered migration agent (MARA) to assist you with your visa application before submitting your skills assessment application to CA ANZ.
  • CA ANZ does not provide specific information on migration or visa requirements. Enquiries relating to visa, points table and migration requirements should be directed to the Australian Government, Department of Home Affairs.
  • CA ANZ endeavours to complete applications as soon as possible, however please refer to our approximate processing times. An urgent request may be considered. You must clearly explain your reason along with evidence to support your request.  
  • CA ANZ will refuse to assess applications if suspected false and/or non-authentic information or documentation is provided. CA ANZ will issue a negative outcome letter to applicant confirming that: ‘Based on the documentation submitted, CA ANZ is unable to confirm authenticity and therefore the outcome of the assessment is negative’. Suspected falsification will be notified to the Department of Home Affairs and other accounting assessing authorities. A ban on reapplying may be imposed and the application fee will not be refunded.

Step 1 - Qualification Assessment Criteria 

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