Ending your CA membership

Things to know before ending your membership

Things to consider

  • The benefits of remaining a member
  • Am I eligible for a membership concession rate?
  • If you resign you are no longer able to use your designation.

Why stay a member?

At the heart of your membership is your designation and its recognition in the accounting and financial services industry.

Membership enables you to learn from and contribute to the profession through networking events, and voting on issues that shape the future of the profession.

There’s also a variety of training and development opportunities and resources to support you in your career.

Other benefits include products and services to support your personal life through the Affinity Member Benefits programme.

It's important to understand that if you resign, you can no longer use your designation or refer to yourself as a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. If you hold a Certificate of Public Practice, this will cease to be valid. This may impact on your ability to hold other registrations or licenses, for example, registration as a qualified auditor in New Zealand. For those offering services in Australia this will mean removing cover from the limited liability scheme.

Leaving public practice

Understand the rules of leaving your CA designation if you're in public practice

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By-Laws and Rules

The resignation rules are set out in the By-Laws and NZICA Rules

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Reduced membership rates

If you’re taking a career break or are retired and no longer in paid work, you might be able to continue your membership at a reduced rate.

Currently, you need to have an annual income of $30,000 (NZ or AUD) or less for this reduced rate.

Keeping your membership in retirement can help you stay in touch with what’s happening in the profession, and possibly lead to opportunities to share your vast experience and knowledge with industry colleagues and younger members.

Resigning from membership

We’re sorry to see you go, but if you’d like to end your membership please let us know in writing.

It’s important to understand that if you resign, you can no longer refer to yourself as a CA or member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and the tenure of your membership will be broken should you apply for readmission in the future

If there are any pending disciplinary action or professional conduct proceedings against you, or if you are currently subject to a review, your request to resign may be declined.

If you later decide to rejoin, you’ll need to apply for readmission. It’s a lengthy process, and we strongly advise you to consider all the alternatives available (such as lowering your subscription rate to a concessional rate) before submitting your resignation.

If you’d like to talk to us about resigning please get in touch.

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