The ICMA was not formed as a body for members to apply for immigration to Australia. Instead, it was set up for already qualified accountants (CAs, CPAs, CIMA, ACCA etc.) to obtain post-graduate level specialisation in managerial accounting.

Also, ICMA does not get involved in skilled migration to Australia or New Zealand, as it is against such countries poaching valuable professional assets from countries that need these skills.

As such, the institute does not enter into correspondence as to if CMA is a recognised qualification for purposes of migration requirements to Australia. It is aware, however, that some CMAs have obtained migration to Australia on a case-by-case basis.

The Australian government has appointed three migration assessment authorities for the accounting profession. The ICMA has had extensive correspondence with one of the bodies, Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and has been assured in writing that any CMA with a degree accounting will be eligible to apply for migration assessment via CAANZ.

Please note that the ICMA’s Certified Management Accountant (CMA) credential has been assessed for equivalency on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) at the Level 9 (Master’s Degree) by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). Please refer to this when submitting your migration assessment application to CAANZ.