Assistance with skills assessments for migrants

If you want to work in Australia as an accountant, we can assist you by assessing your skills for a migration visa

In brief

  • We can assist you by providing a skills assessment to prove your skills are suitable for a skilled migrant visa
  • We can assist you by offering assessments for permanent and temporary types of visa applications
  • To get started, you will need to complete a pre-application to prove your competency and formal education

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Who needs a skills assessment?

If you’re thinking of coming to Australia as a skilled migrant, you may need to prove your skills are suitable. We can help you out with that.

Certain skilled migration visas will require you to provide evidence that your skills have been assessed as suitable for your nominated occupation by the relevant assessing authority.

The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection has approved us to undertake skills assessments for individuals who want to migrate to Australia as an accounting professional.

How it works

We are approved to perform two different types of skills assessments: permanent and temporary.

Our permanent skills assessment can be used in your application for a Points Tested Skilled Migration visa, or an Employer Sponsored visa. 

We also offer a temporary (or provisional) skills assessment for recent graduates of Australian education institutions who are applying for the Temporary Graduate Visa - Subclass 485 - Graduate Work Stream.

This type of assessment is only for international students who have recently completed an Australian qualification.

We can assess your qualifications and skills for the following occupations:

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

Whether you are planning a permanent relocation or a temporary working visit, there are specific criteria for each type of applicant detailed below.   

Lodging an expression of interest

If you're planning to lodge an expression of interest with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, make sure you wait until you've received your first migration assessment outcome from us first.

Please note if you require additional points towards your visa application, we can assess your previous work experience as part of a skilled employment assessment.

Skills assessment process

  • ASSISTANCE WITH WORKING OUT IF YOU’RE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY

    Permanent visas

    If you’re applying for a skills assessment to get a permanent visa, you need to show you are suitably qualified for your occupation by:

    • Having a qualification comparable to at least the level of an Australian Bachelor degree OR a 12-unit accredited Australian Master’s degree OR an overseas qualification comparable to at least the level of an Australian Bachelor degree,
    • Meeting all mandatory competency areas relevant to your nominated occupation,
    • Providing evidence that you have met the English language proficiency requirement

    Temporary visas

    If you’re applying for a skills assessment to get a temporary visa, you need to show you’re suitably qualified by:

    • Having an Australian bachelor degree or 12 unit accredited Australian master’s degree with a major in accounting,
    • Meeting all mandatory competency areas that are relevant to your nominated occupation,
    • Evidence that you have met the English language proficiency requirement

    Joining from a recognised overseas accounting body

    As part of the Global Accounting Alliance (GAA) we have reciprocal agreements with the following overseas accounting bodies:

    • The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales
    • The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland
    • Chartered Accountants Ireland
    • Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (including members of associated provincial and territorial institutes)
    • A legally constituted State Authority in the United States of America (the person having CPA status)
    • The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants
    • The Hong Kong Institute of Public Accountants

    Current members of these professional bodies will, in general, be assessed as having a suitable skills assessment for migration purposes. Please note, if you are a student member of one of the above bodies, without a recognised Bachelor degree, you should NOT apply. Please only apply when you have become a full member. 

    Competency areas

    If you have completed an Australian or New Zealand degree, check you have all the necessary competency areas for your skills assessment on our recognised qualifications list below.

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    Core Knowledge
    Areas

    ACCOUNTANT
    GENERAL
    221111

    TAXATION
    ACCOUNTANT
    221113

    MANAGEMENT
    ACCOUNTANT
    221112

    EXTERNAL
    AUDITOR
    221213

    FINANCE
    MANAGER
    132211

    Accounting Systems & Processes  mandatory mandatory  mandatory  mandatory  mandatory 
    Financial Accounting & Reporting *  mandatory  mandatory  mandatory  mandatory  mandatory

    Management Accounting

     mandatory  mandatory  mandatory  mandatory  mandatory
    Finance  mandatory  mandatory mandatory  mandatory  mandatory 
    Audit & Assurance
     optional optional optional mandatory optional
    Business Law **
     mandatory mandatory  mandatory  mandatory  mandatory 
    Taxation Law
     optional mandatory ***
    optional optional
    optional
    Economics  mandatory mandatory  mandatory  mandatory  mandatory 
    Quantitative Methods
     mandatory mandatory  mandatory  mandatory  mandatory 

    * Financial Accounting & Reporting includes both study in financial accounting and accounting theory.
    ** Business Law includes both study in commercial law and corporation's law.
    *** Australian taxation law is compulsory only for this code - local tax law is optional for all other codes.

    If you have completed an Australian or New Zealand degree you can use the links below to ensure you have completed all of the mandatory competency areas for your skills assessment:

    English language requirements

    You need to provide confirmation of your English language proficiency through one of the following approved providers:

    • IELTS
    • TOEFL iBT
    • CAE (for CAE we require the ID number and secret number to access the results online)
    • PTE Academic (for PTE Academic we require the report form and authorisation to access the results online. You must submit the authorisation to Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand via Person Vue account).

    Please Note: minimum scores for each of the components will need to be achieved to meet the English language requirement.

    Permanent residency

      Listening
    Reading Writing Speaking SMIPA
    CAE *
    185 185 185 185

    original colour
    scanned copy
    of completion
    certificate

    IELTS
    Academic

    7.0 7.0 7.0 7.0
    TOEFL ibt
    24 24 27 23
    PTE Academic
    65 65 65 65

    * Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand will only recognise CAE test completed on or after 1 January 2015

    Temporary residency

      Listening Reading Writing Speaking
    CAE *
     169 169 169 169

    IELTS Academic
    OR General
    Training

     6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0
     TOEFL ibt
     12 13 21 18
     PTE Academic
     50 50 50 50

    * Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand will only recognise CAE test completed on or after 1 January 2015

    To ensure all applicants are assessed equally, the migration assessment’s English proficiency requirement may sometimes differ from other English proficiency requirements you encounter throughout your visa application process.

    In order to achieve a positive migration assessment from Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, you will need to ensure that you meet the English proficiency requirements set out above.

    There are no exemptions for any criteria for migration purposes. All applicants will be assessed against the same assessing criteria, including the English language requirement. You will need to ensure that you meet the English language requirement as listed above.

  • Start your application

    Pre-application skills assessment form (PASA)

    Download and complete the PASA form. Then, submit the PASA form with required documents and fee.

    Download PASA form   Submit your PASA form

    Required documents

    You need different documents depending on if you hold a degree or if you’re a member of a recognised accounting body:

    If you hold a degree provide the following documents:

    • Evidence you have met the English language requirements.
    • Evidence of any name change (if applicable)
    • Department of Immigration & Border Protection form 956 or ‘letter of authority’ (if you have a third party acting on your behalf)
    • Degree certificate – stating the title of the award, name of the awarding university/institution, the year the study was completed and the grade achieved
    • Academic transcript (mark sheets) – showing all subjects studied and grades received.

    You will also need to provide a copy of your syllabus (course description) showing:

    • Details of all subject content of all units which correspond with your academic record for the competency areas required.
    • The name of the university/institution and the date of the syllabus must appear on every page.
    • The course information must apply to the time you completed your studies.
    • If the information is publicly available on the internet, you may print course outlines from the web.
    • If the years and subject names on your academic transcript do not correspond to those of the syllabus information, documentation from the university must be supplied to state that the syllabus information applies to the years in which you completed your study.
    • Documents in languages other than English must be accompanied by an English translation completed by a certified translator. You must include a certified copy of the original language documents as well as a certified copy of the translated document with your application.

      Members of a recognised accounting body must provide the following documents:

      • Evidence you have met the English language requirements.
      • Evidence of any name change (if applicable)
      • Department of Immigration & Border Protection form 956 or ‘letter of authority’ (if you have a third party acting on your behalf)
      • Letter from your accounting body confirming that you are a current member in good standing. This letter should not be more than 3 months old.
      • Membership certificate.
      • Examination results/ mark sheets
      • Degree certificate and academic transcript/ mark sheets (if applicable)

      Providing scanned copies

      Only original colour scans of documents will be accepted for your application.

      Please scan your supporting documents in accordance with the instructions below:

      • Scan the original of each document (if the original document is in colour, scan the document in colour).
      • Scan each document separately and include both sides, ensure each document is either a PDF, .jpeg, .bmp, .gif, .png. Encrypted PDFs cannot be accepted.
      • Email submission size cannot exceed 20MB in total.
      • We do not accept files that have been compressed.
    • Request a skilled employment assessment

      Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand assess skilled employment for those applicants who have received a positive qualification assessment from us for permanent residency.

      Only skilled employment closely related to your nominated occupation ANZSCO code and unit group will be considered in the assessment. Skilled employment must be paid and continuous for a minimum of 20 hours per week. Irregular periods averaging 20 hours a week over several weeks/ months will not be considered.

      To determine if an occupation is closely related to your nominated occupation, please refer to the Australian Bureau of Statistics website for information about occupations in the same unit group as your nominated occupation.

      Learn more

      Visit the Australian Bureau of Statistics for more information about occupations.

      Learn more

      The work references must include the below information:

      • Must be on company letterhead - this must clearly indicate full address (street and PO Box) of the company and any telephone, fax numbers, email and website addresses.
      • Include the job title.
      • Provide proof of service (i.e. exact start and end date).
      • If you have worked in multiple roles for one company, we require a start date, end date and a unique job description for each role.
      • Detailed job description or task list (tasks copied from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) occupation definitions will not be accepted).
      • State how many hours per week worked in the role and whether the role was full or part-time.
      • State whether the role was permanent, temporary or contract.
      • Be signed by direct line manager, CEO, or HR representative - name and position of signatory must be typed or stamped below the signature. A reference with an illegible signature will not be accepted.
      • Include the direct contact number of the person writing the reference.
      • Applicant's salary.

      Other documentation required:

      • Pay slips: one from the start, middle and end (or most recent) of the tenure.
      • Statutory Declaration/Affidavit: will only be accepted for job description/task list.

      Receive a skilled employment assessment

      Please download and complete the skilled assessment form and submit this form along with the required documents and fee.

      Download the formSubmit the form

      Please submit this form only if you have received a positive qualification assessment from us for permanent residency.

      Please note: you can also submit an application for a combined assessment (indicated as an option on the PASA submission form). A combined assessment involves having both your qualifications and skilled employment assessed at the same time. However your qualifications will be assessed initially and only if a positive outcome is achieved (i.e. 'suitable' skills assessment) will we then assess the skilled employment component.

      A review of skilled employment assessment is not applicable unless included in your initial assessment.

      A review for changes to/or additional job description/task list provided in your previous work reference letter from the same employment period will not be accepted.

    • Fees and processing times

      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 from the date these documents have been received.

      If you wish to withdraw your application an administration fee of AUD$80 will be charged in all cases. However, if any preliminary work has commence or the formal assessment has been completed, a refund will be not be issued.

      Type  Fees Processing Times
          Australian Qualifications Overseas Qualifications  Skilled Employment (only) 
      Standard  $550  3 weeks  4 weeks 4 weeks
      Express (exclusive to Migration Agents) $650  1 week 2 weeks 2 weeks
      Combined assessment (qualification and skilled assessment) $600  6 weeks 6 weeks  N/A
      Review  $170  2 weeks 2 weeks 2 weeks
    • REVIEW OR APPEAL YOUR SKILLS ASSESSMENT UNDERTAKEN BY US

      A review/appeal of your assessment can be requested for the following reasons:

      • Assessment for permanent residency
      • Change of ANZSCO Code
      • Additional subjects completed after a negative assessment
      • Appeal of original result

      Please note a review of skilled employment assessment is not applicable unless included in your initial assessment.

      A review for changes to/or additional job description/task list provided in your previous work reference letter from the same employment period will not be accepted.

      Request a review

      Download and complete the review form and send to us.

      Download the form    Submit form

    • CHECK ON YOUR SKILLS ASSESSMENT APPLICATION STATUS UNDERTAKEN BY US

      We will complete a preliminary assessment of your application and then advise you of any outstanding documentation or information that may be required. We can only proceed with your assessment when we have received any outstanding documentation or information.

      This 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.

      Privacy legislation prohibits us from discussing details of the assessment with any third parties unless the applicant has provided a signed authority for us to do so.

      To assist us in completing your assessment as quickly as possible, please avoid contacting us within the advertised timeframes.

      For further information, refer to our frequently asked questions below.

    • References and resources

      Government related resources:

      Chartered Accountants ANZ related resources:

      • Global Accounting Alliance The Global Accounting Alliance is made up of 10 of the world's leading accounting bodies, brought together to promote quality services, share information and collaborate on important international issues.

    Skilled Migration Internship Program: Accounting 

    The Skilled Migration Internship Program: Accounting (SMIPA) is available to overseas students who have an Australian accounting degree qualification as a result of at least two years' study in Australia.

     We developed SMIPA in partnership with CPA Australia and the Institute of Public Accountants, with approval from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP),

     The program involves:

    • A minimum 44 weeks' training, including a 12-week internship placement with a relevant host company
    • Professional development and practical hands-on learning, with an emphasis on workplace preparation: culture, ethics and expectations
    • Recognition as a pathway for 485 visa holders seeking permanent residency under general skilled migration (GSM)

    Successfully completing the program may attract additional points under the GSM points test.

    SMIPA is delivered by registered providers who have been approved by all three professional accounting bodies.

    Enrolment in any of the accounting bodies’ professional programs is independent of an individual’s participation in SMIPA or any other DIBP-approved pathway to permanent residency.

    Please note – applications to deliver the SMIPA Program will be open in the latter half of 2018. All applicants must be either a Registered Training Organisation or a Higher Education Provider and been registered for at least three years.

    To express an interest in becoming an approved Provider please email info@smipa.org.au with company details, contact information and RTO/HE registration number.

    Approved SMIPA providers

    • AA Poly - Melbourne
    • Accountants Resource Centre - Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra
    • Australian Institute of Translation and Interpretation (AITI) - Melbourne, Adelaide
    • Austalian Technical and Management College (ATMC) - Melbourne
    • Education Centre of Australia (ECA) - Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
    • Monash Professional Pathways - Melbourne
    • Navitas Professional - Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth (commencing delivery in Darwin and Hobart from February 2017)
    • Open Training and Education Network (OTEN) - Sydney
    • Performance Education - Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide
    • Queensland International Business Academy (QIBA) - Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth, Darwin, Hobart - not accepting enrolments
    • Salford College - Adelaide
    • Stanley College - Perth
    • The University of Queensland, Institute of Continuing & TESOL Education (ICTE-UQ) - Brisbane

    Important Websites:

    Department of Immigration and Border Protection: http://www.border.gov.au/

    Migration Agents Registration Authority: https://www.mara.gov.au/

    Please note: The Professional Accounting bodies and the SMIPA Program are not associated in any way with the AIFA Professional Year Program for Bookkeepers.

    Any further questions? Please refer to our FAQ's

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