Skills assessment for accounting occupations in Australia

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

Skills assessments for migration purposes are issued by relevant skills assessing authorities.

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.

Accounting occupations

CA ANZ conducts skills assessment for the following 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 

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

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 who would like to apply for a Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485) - graduate work stream. Before applying for a provisional skills assessment, please note: Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree or above also have access to the Post-Study Work stream of the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) which does not require applicants to nominate an occupation or obtain a skills assessment. Please refer to Department of Home Affairs for visa requirements.  
  • Full (permanent) skills assessment for General Skilled Migration (GSM), Temporary Skill Shortage and Employer Sponsored visas (Skilled visa applications).
  • Skilled employment assessment is optional. You must hold a suitable full (permanent) qualification assessment outcome under the same nominated occupation from CA ANZ to apply for skilled employment assessment only.

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:

  • provisional (subclass 485 visa – graduate work stream) skills assessment: Australian bachelor’s degree or 12 unit Australian master’s degree in accounting or relevant field (business, commerce or economics)
  • full (permanent) skills assessment: Australian bachelor’s degree or 12 unit Australian master’s degree or an overseas tertiary and/or professional membership qualification comparable to at least the level of an Australian bachelor’s degree (AQF level 7 or higher)

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.

Processing times

Our processing times are indicative only and subject to change, depending on circumstances such as increased volumes of applications and end-of-year closure.   

What you should know

Step 1 - Qualification Assessment Criteria 

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