Skills assessment for accounting occupations in Australia

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

Accounting occupations

CA ANZ provides skills assessment for the following accounting occupations:

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

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:

  • provisional skills assessment for recent graduates of Australian Education Institutions applying for a Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485) - graduate work stream.
  • full (permanent) skills assessment for General Skilled Migration (GSM) and Employer Sponsored visas.
  • skilled employment assessment  - You might be eligible to claim skilled employment points in your visa application.

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 accredited Australian master’s degree in accounting or relevant field (business, commerce or economics)
  • full (permanent) skills assessment: Australian bachelor’s degree or 12 unit accredited Australian master’s degree or an overseas qualification comparable to at least the level of an Australian bachelor’s degree 

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.

Skills assessment application process

  • 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 migration advice or any updates regarding your visa application.
  • 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.
  • Skills assessment letters are valid for a period of 3 years from the date of issue.
  • A review or appeal can be requested if you hold a valid assessment previously undertaken by CA ANZ. You can request a review for full (permanent) skills assessment following a previous provisional skills assessment, obtain an additional ANZSCO code, additional subjects completed after a negative assessment and additional period of skilled employment.
  • If you disagree with the assessment outcome and believe an error has been made, an appeal application is available. You are required to provide further information or documentation to support your claim.
  • An appeal can only be submitted within 60 days from the date of your skills assessment outcome letter.
  • CA ANZ may refuse to assess applications if false and/or non-authentic information or documentation is suspected. Suspected falsification may be reported to the Department of Home Affairs.

Step 1 - Qualification Assessment Criteria 

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