Migration skills assessment

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

Skills assessments are issued by assessing authorities. These ensure a migrant’s qualifications, skills and experience meet work standards in Australia.

Skills assessments are mandatory for some visa subclasses.

Once a skills assessment is complete, applicants are issued an outcome letter. Applicants can also use this letter when applying for a job.

CA ANZ assesses various 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

ANZSCO information

The Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) outlines skill levels, qualifications and experience required for various occupations.

For detailed definitions, you can refer to the Australian Bureau of Statistics with the relevant ANZSCO code.

Skills assessments provided by CA ANZ

Qualification assessment 

  • Qualification comparability
  • Competency areas
    • Assesses coverage of mandatory competency areas required for the nominated occupation.
  • English language
    • Confirms English language proficiency.

Skilled employment assessment

  • Work experience
    • Assesses whether the work experience is relevant and meets the required skill level, when applicable.
    • To apply, you must have a valid and suitable qualification assessment outcome under the same nominated occupation from CA ANZ.
  • Skilled employment assessment is optional. While not mandatory, an assessment may enable you to claim points for skilled employment in your visa application. Determination of the points remains at the discretion of the Department of Home Affairs.

Combined qualification and skilled employment assessment

  • Qualification comparability
  • Competency areas
    • Assesses coverage of mandatory competency areas required for the nominated occupation.
  • English language
    • Confirms English language proficiency.
  • Work experience
    • Assesses whether the work experience is relevant and meets the required skill level, when applicable.

CA ANZ’s role and responsibilities

CA ANZ undertakes assessments of prospective migrants’ qualifications, skills, and experience to ensure they meet Australian occupational standards.

CA ANZ adheres to the Guidelines for Skilled Migration Assessing Authorities from the Australian Government, Department of Employment and Workplace Relations, including through participation in quality assurance activities.

CA ANZ aligns assessment standards with industry requirements and Australian Government skills recognition policies and international obligations in skills recognition.

CA ANZ does not advise on migration or visa requirements. Direct such enquiries to the Australian Government, Department of Home Affairs.

Understand your personal visa requirements

Before submitting your skills assessment application to CA ANZ, ensure that you understand the details of your personal visa requirements as set by the Department of Home Affairs.

You should read all of the available information about the visa you are interested in applying for. This will allow you to determine if you need to submit a skills assessment and when you need to obtain it.

You may also consider engaging the services of a registered migration agent (MARA) to assist you with your visa application.

Appointing a Migration Agent

You have the option to appoint a Migration Agent to submit your skills assessment application on your behalf.

It is entirely at your discretion whether you choose to use a migration agent or not.

If you decide to appoint a migration agent, you will need to submit the CA ANZ Third-Party Authorisation form to authorise, change, or remove the migration agent’s details.

Note: Provisional skills assessment

CA ANZ no longer offers provisional skills assessment services. From 1 July 2024, international students graduating with a Bachelor's degree or higher will not require a skills assessment for the Subclass 485 Temporary Graduate Visa (TGV).

Skills assessment application process

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Step 1 – Nominate an occupation

Understand whether your work experience aligns with the occupation by referring to the Australian Bureau of Statistics website and entering the ANZSCO code for your selected occupation.

Check if your chosen occupation is on the skilled occupation list maintained by the Department of Home Affairs.

Step 2 – Determine whether a skills assessment is required

Determine if you need a skills assessment for your specific visa subclass.

Familiarise yourself with the details of your personal visa requirements as set by the Department of Home Affairs.

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Step 3 – Confirm the assessing authority

Ensure that CA ANZ is the assessing authority for your nominated ANZSCO occupation.

Step 4 – Skills assessment requirements

Understand the specific assessment requirements set by CA ANZ.

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Step 5 – Fees and processing times

Learn about the application fees and approximate processing times.

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Step 6 – Supporting documentation

Gather all the necessary supporting documents in the correct format.

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Step 7 – Submit your application

Submit your application through our Migration Skills Assessment Portal.

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Step 8 – During your application

Your application will be assigned to an assessor.

You can track the status of your application online.

If additional information or documentation is required, you will be notified via email and online updates.

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Step 9 – Application outcome

Upon completion of your application, CA ANZ will issue a skills assessment outcome letter via email.

You can submit this letter to the Department of Home Affairs as evidence of your skills assessment to support your visa application.

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Step 10 – After your outcome

Once you receive the skills assessment outcome letter, you have the option to:

  • request a reassessment of your migration skills assessment
  • seek a review of the decision.

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Disclaimer

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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