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 Occupation Code has been repeatedly flagged for removal from the Skilled Occupations List.

If you are a Chartered Accountant you may be able to apply to Immigrate to Australia providing you can meet the following criteria.

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

Accountant ANSZO Codes for Immigration

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

Visas for Accountants Migrating to Australia

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

  • Subclass 189
  • Subclass 190
  • Subclass 491

Skills Assessment

Accountants migrating to Australia are required to complete a skills assessment before lodging a visa application.

The three professional bodies which provide skills assessments for Accountants are:

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


Qualification Requirements

To be considered suitably qualified as an Accountant in Australia, you must have a qualification that is deemed equivalent to at least an Australian Bachelor’s Degree.

Membership of a recognized professional accounting body outside of Australia is deemed to be equivalent to an Australian Bachelor’s Degree.

To meet the educational requirements for your nominated occupation, your qualification 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


English Language Requirements

Applicants will be required to have evidence of suitable English language competencies. The English language proficiency is mandatory for all applicants – there are no exemptions. CPA recognizes the following English tests:

  • IELTS Academic
  • PTE Academic

Documentation required for an Accounting Skills Assessment

The role of the Skills Assessment Authority is to validate your identification, qualifications and experience. The assessor will require the following documents:

  • Evidence of employment
  • Tax returns
  • Company returns (if self-employed)
  • References
  • Letter of Good Standing from your Regulatory Authority
  • Exam certificates
  • Exam transcript certificates
  • Evidence of name changes
  • Passport
  • CV


Accounting Occupations

Occupations that are assessed are:

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

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.

Australia is a very popular destination for Accounting Skilled Migration and based on traditional supply and demand principles the competition for spaces has increased exponentially.

Accountants Need More Points to Immigrate to Australia

The Australian Skilled Migration program requires a 70 point minimum for Accountants.

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

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

Migration Consultant will advise what is required to prepare an Accountant skills assessment.

You will have a dedicated case processor who will work through the entire visa process with you.

If you’re interested in applying for a skilled visa, Migration Consultant can help. We also work with recruiters who can advise you on the Australian job market for Accountants.

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, but as there’s such a demand for Accountants here, we find that most people are only out of work for a week or two. If you know someone to stay with in the interim, this will be one less thing to think about. However, if not, there are always plenty of accommodation options.  If on a budget, try websites such as Airbnb, Gumtree and Flatmates.com.au for private rooms and flat share accommodation.


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.


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


Universal Healthcare: 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?

  • ou 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.