Migrate to Australia as an Accountant

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Emigrate to Australia as an Accountant (ANZSCO: 221111)


There is high demand for Accountants in Australia but the competition for potential immigrants is tough. The Australian Immigration Program is an adversarial process, which means that potential migrants must do all they can to maximize their Immigration Points.


The minimum required points score for Accountants Immigrating to Australia is 70.


If you are a Chartered Accountant seriously considering moving to Australia then take a Free Visa Assessment to check your eligibility and receive a definitive Australia Visa Pathway.

How to Migrate to Australia as an Accountant


  • Be aged under 45
  • Score 70 Australian Immigration Points
  • Have a Positive Skills Assessment from CPA Australia
  • Lodge an Expression of Interest
  • Receive an Invitation to Apply
  • Pay the Visa Fees
  • Pass Health and Character Checks

Criteria for Accountants to Migrate to Australia


You need to meet the following criteria:


Be a Chartered or Certified Accountant


Applicants must hold Chartered Status in one of the following broad Occupation Codes:


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

Score 70 Points


Accountants migrating to Australia need to score at least 70 Immigration points. Points are awarded for age, experience, qualifications, education, English language skills and time spent in Australia.


Skills Assessment


All Accountants moving to Australia must secure a positive Skills Assessment from one of the following Authorities:


  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia
  • The Institute of Public Accounts
  • CPA Australia


English Language


Applicants are required to have evidence of English language competence. The English language test is mandatory for all applicants. The only acceptable English Language tests are:


  • IELTS Academic
  • PTE Academic


Health and Character


You’ll need to pass health and character checks.


Accountant Skills Assessment


The Skills Assessment process is the first stage of any Skilled Migration Application. It is a way for the Australian Government to validate and verify that your skills, experience and qualifications are of an equivalent standard to Accountants in Australia.


Migration Consultant LLC has successfully migrated hundreds of Accountants (and their families) to Australia. The great thing about being an Accountant is that it is an unambiguous profession. You are either a Chartered Accountant or not. And only Chartered Accounts are eligible to Immigrate under the Accountant ANZSCO codes.


Firstly, you must have a qualification that is deemed equivalent to at least an Australian Bachelor’s Degree. However, membership of a recognized professional accounting body outside of Australia is deemed to be equivalent to an Australian Bachelor’s Degree.


Your professional qualifications will need to cover the following mandatory competency areas:


  • Accounting Systems and Processes
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • Management Accounting
  • Finance
  • Audit and Assurance
  • Business Law
  • Taxation Law
  • Economics
  • Quantitative Methods


As part of the Skills Assessment process you must also verify your ID, provide all relevant qualification certificates & transcripts, and provide employer or Professional references. Additionally you will be required to send a Certificate of Good Standing from your current professional body to your chosen Skills Assessment Authority in Australia.


The assessor will also require the following documents:


  • Evidence of employment
  • Tax returns
  • Company returns (if self-employed)
  • Evidence of name changes
  • Passport
  • CV


Once you have successfully passed Skills Assessment you are eligible to apply for Chartered Status in Australia with the following Regulatory bodies:


  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia
  • The Institute of Public Accounts
  • CPA Australia


Permanent Residence Visas for Accountants Migrating to Australia


Qualified Accountants immigrating to Australia are eligible for the following Visas:


  • Subclass 189
  • Subclass 190
  • Subclass 491


Accounting Jobs in Australia


Only after you have a positive Skills Assessment should you begin to search for jobs in Australia.


As soon as this assessment has been marked successful and your EOI lodged, the job search can begin.


In June 2024 Migration Consultant LLC acquired Top Jobs in Australia, which means our clients have unrivalled access to advertised and unadvertised Finance job opportunities throughout Australia.


Accountants Need More Points to Immigrate to Australia


The Australian Skilled Migration program requires a 70 point minimum for Accountants, compared with other occupations that have a 65 point minimum.


We have a 100% success rate with Australian Immigration for Accountants and will work with you to expedite the process.


Free Visa Assessment to check your eligibility and for further information.


Migration Consultant LLC will advise what is required to prepare an Accountant skills assessment, and take responsibility for it’s successful outcome.


You will have a dedicated case manager who will work through the entire visa process with you. In most instances this will be Alexander King, Head of Immigration Services.

Is ACCA Recognized in Australia?

Yes, the ACCA is one of the most recognizable qualifications globally and holders of the ACCA and in fact all Chartered Financial Accountancy Examinations are recognized in Australia and for migration purposes.

Is CIMA Recognized in Australia?

Yes, holders of the full Chartered Institute of Management Accounting Qualification are eligible to use this Certificate to immigrate to Australia. Candidates must have passed the Professional levels of CIMA and hold Chartered Status.

Is USA CPA Recognized in Australia

Yes, the American CPA qualifications are eligible for Migration to Australia as an Accountant. You must hold full Chartered status and not be either part qualified or still studying.

Is USA CPA Recognized in Australia

Yes, the American CPA qualifications are eligible for Migration to Australia as an Accountant. You must hold full Chartered status and not be either part qualified or still studying.

Will my ACA / FCA be Recognized in Australia?

Yes, the ACA / FCA is recognized in Australia. This means you will not need to re-qualify.


Your ACA/FCA qualification is well recognized by global employers.


The ACA is comparable to a  UK Master’s degree or a postgraduate diploma. UK ENIC completed an independent review of the academic level of ICAEW CFAB and the ACA. The review was to determine how the qualifications compare to the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) which is used in Australia.


UK ENIC concluded that ICAEW CFAB was comparable to RQF Level 4 (first year university), and the ACA was comparable to RQF Level 7 (UK Master's degree/ postgraduate diploma standard).

What are the Essentials for Moving to Australia as an Accountant?

Finding somewhere to live is one of the first steps to settling in. It can be tricky to balance living costs whilst job seeking.


Setting up bank accounts in a new country is also a lot easier than it used to be.  Setting a bank account up in Australia can even be done online before landing! The key banks here are: Commonwealth Bank, ANZ, NAB and Westpac.


A Tax File Number (TFN) will need to be applied for, which is similar to National Insurance numbers back home. Although it’s not necessary to have one on day one, apply upon arrival to avoid paying higher tax rates.


It is best to invest in a car not rely on public transport to get around.


Both temporary and permanent residents have access to this but to benefit, apply for a Medicare card after arriving.

How do I obtain a CA ANZ Membership?

  • You must be a current full member in good standing of the ACCA
  • You must have gained membership through the standard examination pathway
  • You must have been a full ACCA member for at least 5 years

Can I Move to Australia as an Accountant without a Degree?

If you don’t have an undergraduate Bachelor degree you’ll be awarded this status by the Accountant Skills Assessment body once they’ve reviewed all your paperwork.


International qualifications such as CIMA and ACA are accepted Worldwide as being beyond undergraduate degree status so it makes sense that those who hold Chartered Status can be ‘technically’ awarded a degree for Australian Immigration purposes.


With no undergraduate degree and Chartered status you’ll be awarded degree status for Migration which gives you an extra 15 points on your overall Immigration Points total.

Accountants Immigration Points Requirement

Accounting Australia is one of the very few specific occupation codes where the Australian Department of Immigration has made a public statement that the overall points requirement is far and above the 65 point minimum for Immigration generally.


Accountants immigrating to Australia are unlikely to be called forward out of the Expression of Interest pool unless they’re scoring a total in excess of 65 points.

Australia Immigration Requirements for Accountants

Competition for Accounting Immigration places is fierce right across Australia, with many States placing extra caveats on Migration.


Western Australia is very keen to attract Qualified Accountants via the 190 Visa class although stipulates that before the visa can be granted a potential applicant must secure a firm written job offer.


Remember, you’ve only got 28 days in which to secure this employment after notification.


Other States have less caveats in place, so when thinking about the 190 Visa class it’s important to keep your options as wide as possible, encompassing as many States in Australia as you feel comfortable with.

Accountant Skills Assessment Costs

The CPA Skills assessment and skilled employment assessment application costs AUD $600 for those in Australia and AUS $545 for individuals located outside Australia.

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia Skills Assessment is AUD $600

The Institute of Public Accounts Skills Assessment costs AUD $595

English Test Score Requirements

Accountant applicants taking the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) must take the Academic version of the test and score a minimum of 7 in each category of listening, reading, writing and speaking. If a candidate scores less than 7 in one category they must retake the test.


Accountants taking the PTE Academic test must score 65 in each section.


For the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT candidates must score:


  • Listening: 24
  • Reading: 24
  • Writing: 27
  • Speaking: 23