Skills Assessment Opportunities for Migrants

We are offering a free skills assessment opportunity for migrants as part of the Australian Government's Skills Assessment Pilots.

You may be able to access a fast-tracked skills assessment if you have unrecognised skills in an accounting occupation.

Am I eligible?

To be able to apply for a free assessment you must:

  • have not previously undergone a skills assessment in the priority occupation
  • be living in Australian when you submit your application
  • be on a permanent family, partner, humanitarian or refugee visa that was granted on or after 1 January 2016.

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) is approved by the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations to conduct skills assessments for Pilot 2 – Skills Assessment Opportunities for Migrants.

Priority accounting occupations

CA ANZ conducts skills assessment for the following priority accounting occupations:

  • Accountant (General) – ANZSCO 221111
  • Management Accountant – ANZSCO 221112
  • Taxation Accountant – ANZSCO 221113
  • External Auditor – ANZSCO 221213

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

Having your skills assessed as suitable for Australian workplaces will improve chances of getting a job. Businesses and employers will have the confidence that you have the skills they need to do the job.

Skills Assessment criteria

CA ANZ qualification assessment criteria for the Pilot 2 – Skills Assessment Opportunities for Migrants are the same for the full (permanent) skills 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.


Applications for Pilot 2 – Skills Assessment Opportunities for Migrants are free of charge.

How long will it take?

It should take about 10 business days to complete your assessment once we have received all the information we need from you.

How do I apply for an assessment under the Skills Assessment Opportunities for Migrants?

Please ensure you submit completed application form and supporting documents.

What you should know:

  • If you are requiring a skills assessment for migration or visa purposes, the application and information on this page does not apply to your requirements. Please refer to skills assessment for migration purposes page.
  • Please ensure you apply with only one assessing authority.
  • Under the Privacy Act 1988, we need to advise you that, if your skills assessment application is eligible for the Skills Assessment Pilots, CA ANZ would like to provide your contact details to the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations so that they can send you an optional survey in August 2022 and January 2023. The survey will only take a few minutes to complete and will ask you about your employment arrangements. Your answers will not affect your application and will only be held by the Department in a de-identified format to enable it to inform future skills assessment policy. Please let us know if you do not want your contact details to be used for this purpose.
  • It is important to include your email address on your application as CA ANZ accounts are created with your unique email address.
  • You must submit all the required documents to support your application. Applications submitted with missing or incorrect documentation will delay the processing time and may result in an unsuitable outcome.
  • Once your application has been processed, you will receive an acknowledgement email from CA ANZ with a reference number.
  • CA ANZ will complete a preliminary assessment of your application and then advise you of any outstanding documentation or information that may be required. CA ANZ will only proceed with your application upon receipt of any outstanding documentation or information.
  • The processing time is calculated from the date the application is received, provided all required documents have been submitted. If you are required to provide further documentation, the processing time will commence once these documents have been received.
  • At the completion of your application, CA ANZ will issue an outcome letter via email in secured PDF format.
  • Due to the complex nature of the assessment process CA ANZ cannot advise if your skills assessment will be suitable until after your application has been finalised.

Are there free skills assessments for other occupations?

There is a priority list of other occupations that skilled migrants can access free assessments. More information is available on the Australian Government Department of Employment and Workplace Relations' Skills Assessment Pilots web page.


The content on this website is provided for general information purposes only and does not take into account your personal circumstances, details or requirements. Chartered Accountants Australian and New Zealand (CA ANZ) does not provide specific advice in relation to migration or visa requirements. Enquiries relating to visa, points table and migration requirements should be directed to the Australian Government, Department of Home Affairs. You should seek independent professional advice regarding your specific circumstances and consult with the Department of Home Affairs as necessary.

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