Recognised overseas accounting bodies

Members of an overseas accounting body recognised by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) may  be admitted to membership under By Law 12(b).

Reciprocity arrangements

If you are a current member in good standing of one of the overseas accounting bodies listed below and you gained membership through their normal education, professional examinations and service requirements, you may make an application for membership of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Refer to the 'How to apply' heading below for details of the application process.

The Strategic Alliance with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

CA ANZ has a Strategic Alliance in place with ACCA. If you hold the ACCA designation, are a current member, have at least 5 years of post-qualification experience and you live in Australia or New Zealand, you may apply for membership of CA ANZ using the information provided on this page.

If you are a current or former Chartered Accountants Program candidate, your progress through the Program will be considered during the assessment of your application.

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 Company and 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)
  • At least one CA ANZ Member or recognised GAA body member reference with the requirements being:
    • The referee cannot be related to the applicant.
    • The referee has to have been a member of Chartered Accountants ANZ or recognised professional body for 3 years (recognised professional body being any professional body Chartered Accountants ANZ has a current Reciprocal Membership Agreement with).
    • Signed within 3 months of application.
  • At least one Professional Reference with the reference requirements being:
    • The referee cannot be related to the applicant.
    • Can testify to professional experience having employed or worked with the applicant in a professional capacity for a minimum of 12 months.
    • Signed within 3 months of application.

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

Any 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. 

What to expect after you've submitted your application

Applications are generally assessed within 15-20 working days. An advisor will contact you if further information is required in support of your application.

The Head of Members may require a brief interview to be conducted either at your local regional office or via telephone. The purpose of any interview would be 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.

Maintenance of home membership

If your membership to Chartered Accountants ANZ is approved on the basis of a reciprocal membership agreement with a GAA body or the Strategic Alliance with ACCA, you are encouraged to maintain your home membership if you are intending to return to that country, however this is not mandatory with the exception of the ICAEW.

Members of the ICAEW are required to maintain their home membership.

If you are a member of a GAA body 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 continuing professional development requirements of your home body or CA ANZ.

Article last updated 21 September 2016