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Diploma of Accounting (FNS50215)

Course summary

This course equips you with the skills and knowledge needed for professional accounting job roles in the financial services and other related industries. Throughout your studies, you will learn how to establish and operate a computerised accounting system, maintain financial reports, manage budgets and forecasts, prepare income tax returns and establish business networks.

VET Student Loan Information

VET Student Loans may be available for eligible students in approved Diploma level qualifications. The loan can be used towards Tuition Fees only and does not cover additional expenses such as textbooks, uniforms, equipment, travel, tools, and accommodation or general living expenses. 

For more information or to check your eligibility for a VET Student Loan, please visit our VET Student Loans webpage or contact us.

Course details

Course Type Qualification
Student Availability
  • - Domestic
Application Mode
  • Direct To University
How to Apply Please Enquire
Study Area
  • - Business, Accounting and Law
Skill Area
  • - Accountancy
AQF Level Level 5: Diploma

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements. 

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

Successful completion of this course could lead to employment in the accounting or business field in roles such as Accountant Assistant or Budget Officer. Upon Successful completion of the Diploma of Accounting students may wish to consider progressing to a Bachelor of Accounting.

Course Structures

Please select a Course Structure from the options below:

Standard Course Structure

To successfully complete this course, students must complete 11 units, consisting of:
6 core units and 5 elective units.
FNSACC501 Provide financial and business performance information
FNSACC502 Prepare tax documentation for individuals
FNSACC503 Manage budgets and forecasts
FNSACC504 Prepare financial reports for corporate entities
FNSACC506 Implement and maintain internal control procedures
FNSACC507 Provide management accounting information
BSBFIA401 Prepare financial reports
BSBITU402 Develop and use complex spreadsheets
BSBLDR402 Lead effective workplace relationships
FNSACC301 Process financial transactions and extract interim reports
FNSACC505 Establish and maintain accounting information systems
2018 Study Sequence

Online - enrol into one unit at a time, as per the following order:

  1. FNSACC301 
  2. BSBFIA401
  3. All remaining units can be completed in any order. 
2017 Study Sequence

Enrol as per the following order:

  1. FNSACC301
  2. BSBFIA401
  3. FNSACC501
  4. FNSACC502 
  5. FNSACC503
  6. FNSACC504
  7. FNSACC506
  8. FNSACC507
  9. Choose three (3) electives taking at least one (1) from the electives list.

Course Assessment Information

Assessment Types
Written/Electronic Assessment
Practical Task

Course Availabilities

Distance Education

Enrolment for this course will be consistent with CQUniversity census dates.

Duration and dates
12 - 18 months

Eleven (11) units must be successfully completed. Six (6) core units and five (5) electives units.


This course is available by Distance Education and course material will be available online. Distance Education students require self-motivation and must have 6 hours per week available for study for each unit. This course is delivered by distance education so students must have access to a computer and the internet.

This course will take approximately 12 - 18 months to complete, but may vary dependent on individual student study loads.

Enrolment Dates

VFH 1 (30 January - 23 June 2017) last date for enrolment is 28 February 2017

VFH 2 (6 March - 28 July 2017) last date for enrolment 4 April 2017

VFH 3 (10 April – 1 September 2017) last date for enrolment 9 May 2017

VFH 4 (15 May – 6 October 2017) last date for enrolment 13 June 2017

VFH 5 (10 July – 1 December 2017) last date for enrolment 8 August 2017

VFH 6 (14 August  2017– 5 January 2018) last date for enrolment 12 September 2017

VFH 7 (18 September 2017- 9 February 2018) last date for enrolment 17 October 2017

VFH 8 (6 November 2017 – 13 April 2018) last date for enrolment 5 December 2017

2018 Unit Availabilities

Unit availabilities have not yet been finalised for this course.

Please check this page regularly for updates.

Related Courses

Course code Course name Short Course
FNS40215 Certificate IV in Bookkeeping No
FNS40615 Certificate IV in Accounting No
FNS30315 Certificate III in Accounts Administration No

What else might I find useful?

Financial assistance with fees may be available through concessions or via 'Time to Pay' payment plan. This and other information such as student support, study and library assistance can be found at

ls what I already know taken into account?

Yes. Your history of study, skills and experience does matter. Consideration is given to your prior life and work experiences as well as formal and informal training. This may be applied using the national standard for Mutual Recognition or through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Documentary evidence will be requested.

Resource Requirements

As this is an online course, students will need access to a computer with good internet capacity. Students will also need to have access to a computer with the latest version of Adobe Reader, Microsoft Office with Access and MYOB AccountRight student edition V19.10.

Textbooks are an optional resource for this course as course materials are available online. If students would like to purchase and use optional textbooks, the teacher will supply the textbook details after enrolment. 

Contact Us

To apply, or to find out more about this course, contact the Student Advice Team on 13 27 86.