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 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 ofEducation, 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 skills assessment outcome indicates that I must complete further studies. What are my options?

A: You may wish to complete bridging subjects in the mandatory competency areas by completing additional studies through: 

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 application valid for?

A: Your application with CA ANZ is valid for three (3) years from the date of your initial skills assessment outcome. Your initial skills assessment outcome must be valid to apply for a review/update or appeal. Any subsequent review (update), such as applying for a full (permanent) skills assessment following a previous provisional skills assessment, update English Language test result, additional qualification, additional ANZSCO codes and additional skilled employment period will not reset the expiration date of an application. Please ensure you provide a valid English Language Proficiency test report along with your qualification assessment application, including updates and additional ANZSCO code reviews. 

After the expiry of the three (3) year validity period, you may apply for a new skills assessment and pay the relevant assessment fee. Any such skills assessment application would be based on the entry requirements at that time and would take into consideration any additional tertiary/professional qualification and skilled employment completed in the interim. 

Q. How long is my skills assessment outcome letter valid for? 

A. Your skills assessment outcome letter (including outcome letter of review/update application) is valid with the Department of Home Affairs for three (3) years from the date of issue.

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

A: Yes, you can. You may apply for additional ANZSCO codes by submitting a review/update application. A fee is applicable for each ANZSCO code.

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 (update) and an appeal application?

A: A review (update) and appeal can be requested if you hold a valid skills assessment application with CA ANZ. 

A review application can be requested for the following reasons:  

  • Full (Permanent) skills assessment following a previous provisional skills assessment.
  • Obtain an additional ANZSCO Code
  • Update an existing application with additional details 

An appeal application can be requested if you would like to dispute the decision. You believe the assessment outcome is incorrect, and an error has been made. 

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

A: If you believe the assessment outcome is incorrect and, an error has been made, an appeal can only be submitted within 60 days from the date of your skills assessment outcome letter. You must include detailed reasons why you believe the original outcome is incorrect. No additional or altered documentation can be submitted. CA ANZ will not accept altered employment reference letter at any time after lodgement and decision of the initial application. A skilled employment appeal 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 will be assessed by a different or senior assessor within CA ANZ who was not involved in the original outcome. The assessor will re-assess all documentation with particular focus on the comments and reasons you provided on your appeal application. If the appeal identifies that an error has been made that affects the skills assessment outcome, CA ANZ will issue a revised skills assessment outcome. An appeal fee is payable and will be refunded if the appeal is successful.

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

A: You may be eligible to claim points for your qualification and skilled employment. CA ANZ does not provide specific information on migration or visa requirements. Enquiries relating to visa, points table and migration requirements should be directed to the Australian Government, 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: Skilled employment assessment is optional. You may be eligible to claim skilled employment points in your visa application. CA ANZ does not provide specific information on migration or visa requirements. Enquiries relating to visa, points table and migration requirements should be directed to the Australian Government, 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. 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:

  • Business registration issued by the relevant authority
  • Practicing certificate
  • Tax reports covering the entire period of the 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.

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Links and Resources

Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA) – Information about migration agents  

Department of Home Affairs (DoHA) – Information on visa requirements, immigration and citizenship  

Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE)- The Department of Education, Skills and Employment works to ensure Australians can experience the wellbeing and economic benefits that quality education, skills and employment provide.  

Country Education Profile (CEP), Australian Government, Department of Education, Skills and Employment - The Country Education Profiles (CEPs) is an online qualifications recognition tool designed to help organisations understand overseas higher education and postsecondary technical and vocational educational qualifications. It can be used by universities and other education providers, professional bodies, employers, international organisations and governments to help understand the level of an overseas qualification.

Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) - The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is the policy for regulated qualifications in the Australian education and training system.

Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) - The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) is Australia’s regulatory and quality agency for higher education.

Australian Bureau Statistics (ABS) – The Australia’s national statistical agency and an official source of independent, reliable information.

ANZCO definition search facility, ABS – Search facility to help users find occupation definitions.  

National Skills Commission - The National Skills Commission (NSC) provides trusted and independent intelligence on Australia’s future education, skills and jobs.

Australian Government - Information you need by linking to information and services on many Australian government websites as well as selected state and territory resources.

My eQuals - The Official Platform of Australian and New Zealand Tertiary Education Providers - Providing secure access to certified official transcripts and degree documents

VETASSESS – Information on Chinese qualification verification

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