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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. Loan limits or caps may apply for some eligible courses and where a loan limit is reached for a course, students may be required to pay upfront for any remaining units. 

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 for this course. 

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
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. 

Course Assessment Information

Assessment Types
Written/Electronic Assessment
Practical Task
Third Party Verification

Course Intakes


There are eleven course intakes, available monthly from February to December.

Duration and dates
12 - 18 months

This course is available online with teaching support available through discussion forums, email and telephone. Online students require self-motivation and must have 6 - 10 hours per week available for study for each unit. There are additional Resource Requirements for this course.

Important Information: This qualification is being superseded by FNS50217 Diploma of Accounting and is not equivalent. This qualification is in teach out. If you would like to enrol into this qualification please call Rhona Strickland on 07 4920 2133 prior to enrolment to discuss units that will transfer to the new qualification.

For individual class days and times for each intake please check the TAFE Timetable located here

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.