Frequently asked questions

Migration skills Assessment general information

Migration skills assessment - general information

Q. Is CA ANZ the correct assessing authority for my application?

A: Skills assessments are issued by relevant skills assessing authorities. A skills assessing authority is an organisation that checks that your skills meet the standards they set to work in a relevant occupation. 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. 

Q. Can you advise if my qualifications/skilled employment are suitable before I submit my application?

A: No, it is not possible to offer pre-assessment advice due to the complex nature of a skills assessment. A formal assessment needs to be completed before any advice is provided.

Q. Do I need a migration agent to apply for a skills assessment?

A: No, applications can be made by individuals as well as migration agents. 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.  

Q. If my overseas qualification is not comparable to an Australian bachelor’s degree, am I eligible to apply for skills assessment?

A: No, to apply for skills assessment you must have an overseas qualification comparable to at least the level of an Australian bachelor’s degree OR 12 unit accredited Australian master’s degree.

Q. I hold an overseas degree and am currently completing an Australian master’s degree. Will my master’s degree be recognised for migration purposes?

A: CA ANZ will assess your overseas degree to determine if it is comparable to an Australian bachelor’s degree. If it is comparable, CA ANZ will then assess the individual subjects you have completed to determine coverage of the competency areas for your nominated occupation. CA ANZ can take into consideration any subject undertaken in your incomplete Australian master’s degree. 

If your overseas degree is assessed as not being comparable to an Australian bachelor’s degree, CA ANZ can only continue with your assessment if you complete an accredited Australian master’s degree through an Australian University. In this case, the degree must consist of at least 12 semester subjects, including all the competency areas required by CA ANZ. Please note that you should only apply for skills assessment when you have completed the 12 subjects, and the master’s degree has been awarded to you.  

Q. I am a member of a professional accounting body. Do you consider my studies for the qualification assessment?

A:To assess the general education level of overseas tertiary and professional qualifications, CA ANZ follows the guidelines of the Country Education Profile (CEP), Australian Government, Department of Education, Skills and Employment.

We will consider studies from associate members in good standing of professional accounting bodies listed on CEP as comparable to the educational level of the AQF bachelor’s degree.

If you are not a full member of one of the professional accounting bodies listed on CEP or hold a different professional qualification, you are required to hold an Australian higher education award at Level 7 (bachelor’s degree) or higher on the Australian Qualifications Framework (or overseas equivalent) to be eligible to apply.

Q. I am a provisional/student member of a recognised accounting body. Can I submit my skills for assessment?

A:No. If you are not a full member of a professional accounting body listed on Country Education Profile (CEP), Australian Government, Department of Education, Skills and Employment, you are required to have tertiary qualifications, which can be assessed as comparable to at least the level of an Australian bachelor’s degree, in order to be eligible to apply.

Q. Can you provide me with a list of recognised universities and degree qualifications?

A: Please refer to our CA ANZ Accredited Tertiary Courses (ATC) lists in the Related Downloads section.

To assess the general education level of overseas tertiary and professional qualifications, CA ANZ follows the guidelines of the Country Education Profile (CEP), Australian Government, Department of Education, Skills and Employment.

Q. My assessment outcome letter tells me that I must complete further studies. What are my options?

A: If you have an outstanding mandatory competency area, you can complete further studies via:

Q. I am a citizen from a country where English is the spoken language. Do I have to provide evidence of English Language proficiency?

A: Yes. There are no exemptions for any criteria required for migration purposes. All applicants will be assessed against the same assessing criteria, including the English language requirement. This includes members of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Q. How long is my skills assessment valid for?

A: A skills assessment is valid for a period of 3 years from the date of the assessment.

Q. Can I apply for more than one skills assessment for additional occupations?

A: Yes, you can. You may apply for additional occupation code by submitting a review application. This does not replace or cancel any existing skills assessment letters already provided to you.

Q. Can I change my occupation (ANZSCO code) if my application is in progress?

A: Once the application process has commenced, it will not be possible to change the ANZSCO code.

Q. What is a review/appeal application?

A: A review or appeal can be requested if you hold a valid assessment previously undertaken by CA ANZ.

A review or appeal can be requested for the following reasons:  

  • Full (Permanent) skills assessment following a previous provisional skills assessment.
  • Obtain an additional occupation (ANZSCO Code).
  • Additional subjects completed after a negative assessment.
  • Additional period of skilled employment. 

An appeal application is available if you disagree with our assessment outcome and believe an error has been made. Please note, an appeal application can only be submitted within 60 days from the date of your skills assessment outcome letter. 

Q. I do not agree with my qualification assessment outcome? How can I appeal?

A: You can submit an appeal application. Please provide further information/documentation to support your claim. A review/appeal fee is applicable.

Please note, an appeal application can only be submitted within 60 days from the date of your skills assessment outcome letter.

Q. Can I claim points for my skills? How many points will I get for my skilled employment (work experience)?

A: You might be eligible to claim points for your qualification and skilled employment. Please refer to the Department of Home Affairs for points table. CA ANZ does not award points. The points are administered by the Department of Home Affairs.

Q. I have worked several years as an accountant, but I do not have any formal qualifications, can you assess my skills?

A: No, you must hold a qualification comparable to at least the level of an Australian bachelor’s degree to be eligible to apply for migration skills assessment.

If you do not hold tertiary or professional qualification, assessable as comparable to at least the level of an Australian bachelor’s degree, your qualification will be assessed as not suitable for migration skills assessment. 

Migration skills Assessment - supporting documents

Q. I do not have a university handbook/course outline, what can I do?

A: Most universities keep information about their courses. If you have not retained your course outlines you must contact your university and ask them to provide you with the description of the subjects.

If you studied in recent years, the information may also be available on the university website and you may print out the relevant sections, providing you include the website address on all the pages of the downloaded handbook.

If the years and subject names on your statement of academic record do not correspond to those of the handbook information, documentation from the university must be supplied to state that the information applies to the years in which you completed your study.

Without course outlines we cannot fully assess your qualifications, as we cannot determine what you studied. We cannot accept a statutory declaration in lieu of course descriptions certified by the university.

Q. How much information should my syllabus contain?

A: The syllabus/course description should contain enough detail to demonstrate that you have covered the competency areas mandatory for your nominated occupation. We do not provide a list of topics we use to assess the syllabus.

Q. I am a member of a professional accounting body – do I need to supply my tertiary documents?

A: If you are not a full member of a professional accounting body listed on Country Education Profile (CEP), Australian Government, Department of Education, Skills and Employment, you are required to provide tertiary qualifications, which can be assessed as comparable to at least the level of an Australian bachelor’s degree, in order to be eligible to apply.

If you would like your degree noted on your skills assessment letter, you must provide evidence of your degree completion (a degree certificate or a note on your academic transcript noting that you have completed all the requirements of the degree). If you have exemptions awarded by the professional accounting body as a result of study from another institution you will also need to supply proof of those exemptions, for example the original colour scanned copy of the transcript from your previous institution.

Q. What if my qualifications are from China?

A: If you hold a Chinese degree you will need to apply to have your bachelor’s degree certificate, graduation certificate and academic transcript verified through the Vocational Education Training and Assessment Services (VETASSESS).

Q. Do my documents need to be translated into English?

A: Yes. Documents in languages other than English must be accompanied by an English translation completed by a certified translator. You must include an original colour scanned copy of the original language documents as well as an original colour scanned copy of the translated document with your application.

If you reside in Australia, you must enclose an English translation completed by a translator accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI).  

If you reside outside Australia, you must enclose an English translation completed by a translator who is certified by the appropriate authorities of your country of residence. The translation must include the full name of the translator, contact details, the name of the company/ department the translator works for (if applicable) and certificate number (and/or stamp) of the translator (if applicable).

Migration skilled employment assessment

Q. Do I need my skilled employment (work experience) assessed?

A: You might be eligible to claim skilled employment points in your visa application. Please refer to the Department of Home Affairs for points table. CA ANZ do not award points. The points are administered by the Department of Home Affairs.

Q. Who can assess my skilled employment?

A: Your skilled employment must be assessed by the same assessing body who assessed your qualifications.  

Q. If I received a not suitable qualification assessment, would you consider my skilled employment?

A: No. You must hold a suitable qualification assessment outcome from CA ANZ to apply for a skilled employment assessment.  

Q. Will you consider skilled employment (work experience) gained pre-qualification?

A: No. Skilled employment is assessable only when a comparable Australian bachelor’s degree and English language proficiency for full (skills assessment) are achieved.  

Q. I am submitting a combined (qualification and skilled employment) application at the same time. How the assessment is performed?

A: A combined assessment involves having both qualification and skilled employment assessed at the same application. However, your qualification will be assessed initially and only if a suitable outcome is achieved, CA ANZ will then assess the skilled employment component.  

Q. How can I review a combined application assessed as not suitable?

A: If you have applied for a combined application and received a not suitable outcome for your qualification assessment, you are not eligible to apply for a review. We would suggest that you complete a new combined application to have your qualification and skilled employment reassessed.  

Q. Can I submit an amended job description/task list for an appeal of original outcome?

A: No. The assessment is based on information, references and other supporting documents provided with your initial application. An appeal application for changes to/or additional job description/task list provided in your previous work reference letter for the same employment period will not be accepted. An appeal application is available if you disagree with our assessment outcome and believe an error has been made. Please note, an appeal application can only be submitted within 60 days from the date of your skills assessment outcome letter.

Q. I wish to apply for an additional occupation code for my combined assessment. How should I proceed? 

A: If you have received a suitable outcome for your qualification and skilled employment under a nominated occupation code, you can submit a review combined application (qualification and skilled employment) for an additional occupation code.

Q. I am a full member in good standing of a professional accounting body but I also hold a bachelor degree, which is not accounting related. Do I need to submit my bachelor’s degree documents? From what date can my skilled employment be assessed? 

A: Yes. You can submit your bachelor’s degree documents. If your bachelor’s degree is assessed as comparable to at least the level of an Australian bachelor’s degree, we can assess your skilled employment from the date you completed your degree. You will however still be required to achieve a suitable qualification assessment under the same ANZSCO code you have nominated. If your degree is assessed as not comparable, your skilled employment will be assessed from the date of admission into the relevant membership of the recognised professional accounting body.

Q. How many hours do I need to work for my employment to be considered? 

A: You must have worked a minimum of 20 paid hours per week in a role related to your nominated occupation. The 20 hours must be continuous over a period of time, not averaged out over weeks or months.

Q. Will you consider skilled employment that is not related to my nominated occupation? 

A: No. Your employment must be closely related to your nominated occupation. To determine if your occupation/tasks are closely related to your nominated occupation and for information about occupations in the same unit group as your nominated occupation, please refer to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Q. Will you consider job description copied from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) occupation definition?

A: No. Tasks copied from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) will not be accepted. Duties and responsibilities must be stated by your employer. Generic job descriptions are not acceptable and will not be considered. Ensure that job description or task list reflects daily, monthly and annually tasks you perform in your role.

Q. I cannot provide a reference from my employer as the business/company is no longer operating. What other evidence is acceptable?

A: If you are unable to provide a reference from an employer, we may not be able to take that period of employment into consideration when assessing your skilled employment. You can provide the below information in an affidavit/statutory declaration:

  • The reason/s why you cannot provide a reference and explain in detail the nature of your employment with the ceased business/company. Also include the dates of employment/length of business.
  • Attach supporting third party documentation, such as taxation certificates, employment contracts, payslips and any other relevant information that verifies employment. If only the statutory declaration/affidavit is received, we may not be able to assess that component of skilled employment.

Q. What documents do you require if I am self-employed?

A: If you are self-employed you are required to provide a statutory declaration/affidavit with the following information:

  • Details of the nature of your business/company
  • Type of work you do
  • How many hours a week you were employed by the business.

We will also require the following original colour scanned documents:

  • Certificate of Business Registration
  • Practicing certificate
  • Tax Returns of first, middle and final year of business operation
  • Reference from two or more clients on letterhead, stating the work done by your business and the time period your business was contracted by the referee.

Q. Is a CV/resume sufficient?

A: No. You must provide supporting evidence.  

Q. Can my employer send the reference directly to you?

A: Yes. Please provide them with your reference number and our email address. Request them to include a cover letter explaining who you are and the purpose of the reference.  

Q. Will you contact my employer?

A: We reserve the right to contact your employer in the course of the assessment.

Accounting Professional Year Program – Accounting PYP

Q. Why should I undertake the Accounting PYP Professional Year? 

A: Successfully completing the Accounting PYP Professional Year will help you:

  • Learn about the Australian business culture and environment
  • Understand how to seek and obtain employment in the Australian job market
  • Provide valuable workplace experience
  • Introduce you to the benefits and advantages of networking
  • Improve your confidence, communication and writing skills
  • Apply what you have learnt in a real and relevant workplace environment
  • Gain a competitive edge over other international graduates because of the additional skills and experience gained from the Program
  • Potentially gain an extra five points towards obtaining permanent residency

Q. Will Accounting PYP help me get a job in the Accounting profession? 

A: Completing Accounting PYP will put you ahead of students who graduated from university with you by developing the employability skills Australian employers are seeking. You will gain these skills through face to face classwork and also an internship. The aim of the Program is to develop skills to make you more employable, and there have been situations where participants have been hired by their host company after completing their internship.

Q. Am I eligible to enrol in Accounting PYP? 

A: Accounting PYP is an option for overseas students who have obtained an Australian accounting degree qualification as a result of at least two years study in Australia and hold a 485 graduate or post study stream visa. Graduates of Australian accounting degree programs have the opportunity to complete Accounting PYP and obtain a skills assessment that can be used to apply for GSM. The Program also provides an opportunity to independently increase your English language proficiency.

Q. What documents are required to start the enrolment process?

A: There are a number of documents you must present to the Provider: 

I. A positive skills assessment from one of the Accounting Bodies (CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, IPA) 

II. Your university completion letter

III. Your university academic transcript

IV. IELTS test result score of a 6.0 in each band, or the equivalent score from Pearsons, TOEFL iBIT or Cambridge Advanced English

V. Appropriate and valid visa VI. Your passport

Q. Do I have to have an Australian Accounting degree? 

A: Yes. To be eligible to enrol in Accounting PYP, you must have an accounting degree that you have obtained as a result of at least two years study in Australia. The primary aim of the Program is to develop employability skills of international graduates from Australian universities.

Q. Can I complete the Program in less than 44 weeks?

A: No. The duration of the Program has been determined by the Dept Home Affairs (formerly DIBP). Professional Year programs that run less than this do not meet the guidelines.

Q. Can I take leave from the Program? 

A: It depends on how long the leave is. Any breaks taken may result in delaying your graduation. Please check with your Provider during the enrolment process when your graduation will be so that you can ensure you’re able to complete the Program.

Q. What is the attendance requirement for the Program? 

A: Participants are required to attend 100% of classes. Failure to attend classes may result in you being required to complete the subject again and your graduation being delayed.

Q. Which Accounting PYP Provider should I choose? 

A: It is up to you to decide which Provider will be a good fit for you. Some things to consider when choosing a Provider are: 

I. The range of host employers offered for your internship 

II. Reputation of the Provider

III. Additional Programs on offer e.g. English language; Accounting packages

IV. Recommendations from students and recent graduates

V. Employment outcomes of recent graduates

VI. What support can they offer you

VII. Cost of the Program

Q. Can I complete my classwork from home? 

A: No. There may be some research, essays etc that you will be asked to complete outside of the classroom, but the majority of work must be completed within the classroom as the purpose of the Program is for participants to learn and interact in a face to face situation.

Q. Do you recognise prior learning? 

A: No. There is no allowance for recognition of prior learning.

Q. Can I enrol in a PY Program while completing my Bachelors/Masters degree? 

A: No. Concurrent study is not allowed. If you are on a student visa it is a breach of the conditions of this visa to undertake a Professional Year Program while completing the initial course of study that the visa was granted for. The Accounting PYP Program is considered a full time course and completing two courses of study simultaneously can devalue one or both courses.

Q. Does my agent receive any money from the PYP Provider for helping me enrol in the Program? 

A: Yes. Under the terms of the agreement that every Accounting PYP Provider has agreed to, the Provider must not pay more than 15% of the course fee to an agent for referring a student. Commission payments to agents which exceed the 15% cap is a breach of agreed terms, and places the Provider at risk of having their right to deliver the Program revoked.

Q. I have concerns/complaints about my Accounting PYP Provider – who can I contact? 

A:        I. If you have concerns or a complaint about your trainer or the content of the course you should speak with a senior person within the organisation. 

II. If you have concerns or a complaint about the quality of your internship you should speak to the internship officer or a senior staff member at your Provider. 

III. If you have concerns or a complaint about the overall quality of the Program or your treatment during the course by your Provider you may email: info@Accounting PYP.org.au 

IV. If you have concerns or a complaint about the behaviour of your migration agent please contact the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA)

Q. Do I need to disclose reasons why I may not be able to complete the course in the time allocated? 

A: Yes. If for any reason you think you may not be able to graduate with your cohort, or you become aware of circumstances that may prevent you from graduating while studying the course you must inform your Provider as soon as possible and make alternative arrangements with them.

Q. Can I complete my internship either before the classwork or whilst I’m attending classes? 

A: No. You must complete the classwork prior to doing the internship. The Program is designed to provide participants with the skills and understanding of how to behave in the Australian workplace, and what is expected of them by an employer so that they may get the most out of the internship and have the best chance of securing full time work once graduated.

Q. Do I have to source my own internship? 

A: No. Your Provider will arrange an internship for you with a suitable host employer. However if you are already employed in a relevant accounting role your Provider and the host employer may agree for you to continue your internship with them. The appropriate checks and site visits must be conducted by your Provider before approval can be granted. In some cases participants may source their own internship, but the Provider must approve the company and tasks that you’ll be completing.

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