Recognised overseas accounting bodies

Members of Institute recognised overseas accounting bodies apply for membership of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia under special admission requirements as defined under By Law 12 (Reg R2, Clauses 201–212).

The Institute has reciprocity agreements with the following overseas accounting bodies:

If you are a full current financial member in good standing of one of the overseas accounting bodies listed above and you gained your membership through the normal education, professional examinations and service requirements, you may make an application for membership of the Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand. Members of a legally constituted state authority in the USA must also demonstrate satisfactory understanding of Australian Corporations Law and Taxation Law. Current members of the Global Accounting Alliance (GAA) partners are exempt from this requirement.

Certificate of Public Practice

Members who are Principals in a public accounting firm or undertake work that requires a statutory registration must demonstrate satisfactory understanding of Australian Corporations Law and Australian Taxation Law. Chartered Accountants ANZ has approved suitable courses which can be undertaken for this purpose.  
These members will have to complete this additional study so they can obtain a Certificate of Public Practice. Members of a legally constituted state authority in the USA are also required to complete a conversion course for these subjects.

How to apply

To apply for membership, download the Application for Special Admission to Membership Form and return your completed form to

In support of your application, you will also need to supply:

  • Certified copy of tertiary qualifications e.g. degree certificates and transcripts (if applicable)
  • Full résumé / CV
  • Letter of Good Standing - an original letter from your accounting body stating that you are a full current financial member in good standing (dated within three months of application received date)
  • Two references from members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (CA or FCA), who are not related to you, and support your application for admission to membership, and who either:
    • Have been a member of this Institute for at least three years OR
    • Are a member of this Institute and have been a member of your overseas professional body for at least five years AND
  • At least one reference from a person from the country where your membership was obtained, who knew you in a professional capacity (e.g. former employer) and can testify to your professional experience.

Written references must be original and dated within 3 months of your application submission. References should be provided on letterhead where possible.

Academic documents should either be originals or certified copies. If you post original documents, please provide a reply paid envelope.

The application fee (not subject to GST) is payable at the time of application. 

US CPA members need to provide:

  • Documentation demonstrating satisfactory knowledge of Australian Corporate and Taxation Laws ie. official transcript for bridging studies.

ICA India members need to provide:

  • The original Letter of Good Standing – submitted with your enrolment application, valid for six months from the commencement date of your first EBA module. NB: you will only need to provide a new ‘Letter of Good Standing’ if you apply for membership after this period. The date of issue of the letter of good standing cannot be greater than 3 months old from the time of submission/enrolment into EBA. When accepted (based on the above) the letter of good standing will then be held/remain valid for 6 months.

MICPA members need to provide:

  • Members who entered into membership with MICPA by completing the Professional Program prior to the July 2009 revised MICPA program, must register (using the membership form) for an online ethics course. This course must be completed prior to approval by the Institute. Read more about the Recognition Policy for MICPA members.

What to expect after you've submitted your application

Applications for special admission to membership as defined under By Law 12 (Regulation R2, Clauses 201–212) are assessed by the Assessments Team.

Special cases will take longer as more consideration is required. If your application is a special case, or if management or the Assessment Team believes that it is necessary, a brief interview will be conducted either at your local regional office or via telephone. The purpose of the interview is to gain a better understanding of your situation and experience.

You will receive confirmation in writing of the outcome of your application. If your application is successful, the appropriate pro-rata subscription amount will be required. If your application is unsuccessful, the application fee will not be refunded.

If your membership to Chartered Accountants ANZ is approved on the basis of a reciprocal membership agreement with a GAA body, you are encouraged to maintain your home membership if you are intending to return to that country, however this is not mandatory for all GAA bodies* with the exception of ICAEW.  If you are a member of a GAA Institute or a legally constituted State Authority in the United States and resident in that body's country, you have a choice as to whether you adhere to the training and development requirements of the Institute or your home body.

*ICAEW members are still required to maintain their home membership.

Article last updated 14 September 2015