National code: FNS50217

Diploma of Accounting

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Overview About this course

Learn how to manage complex budgets, managerial financial reports and gain a comprehensive knowledge of federal legislation in the accounting sector. Walk into the financial services industry as an assistant accountant or bookkeeper.

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Manage budgets and financial forecasting

  • Prepare financial reports and taxation documentation

  • Implement internal control procedures

  • Provide management accounting information

Course Outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • Experience in managing a budget

  • Accounting data entry skills

  • Eligibility to continue further study to be recognised as a registered tax agent or advisor with the Tax Practitioners Board

  • Strong pathways to continue your studies and enhance your career opportunities

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • You'll need to provide a transcript of your Accounting Principles Skillset and your Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping or its equivalent

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • The knowledge to prepare financial reports and process financial transactions

  • Experience in completing Business Activity Statements

  • Experience in using payroll system software

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future Career and Study Options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like:

Accounts Clerk

Accounts Clerks monitor creditor and debtor accounts, and undertake related routine documentation. They may work in call centres.

  • Full-time share Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).

    68%

  • Employment size Employment size is the number of workers who do this as their main job.

    45,100 workers

  • Average age This is the average age of all workers in this job.

    44 years

  • Weekly pay Median earnings are shown for full-time, non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate, before tax or any amounts that are salary sacrificed. These figures are a guide to earnings only and should not be used to determine a wage rate.

    $1,210

  • Average full-time The average full-time hours that people in this role work each week.

    40 hours

  • Skill level rating Skill level ratings are based on the range and complexity of job roles. In general, the higher the skill level, the more formal education and training, previous experience or on-the-job training needed to be good at the job.

    Lower

  • Gender share

    84% female

  • Future growth The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business estimates the likely change in number of workers in this role, or industry, over the next 5 years. Future growth is the likely percentage change compared to all other job roles.

    Moderate Growth

Other jobs include: Bookkeeper, Payroll manager, Assistant accountant and Accounts supervisor

Licensing

Some units in this qualification meet the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) education requirements. With further study, this means you can register as a tax agent or advisor under Australian taxation law, or as a tax agent under commercial law. If Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) registration is your goal, please check with your campus before enrolling to ensure it delivers the units you need.

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 1 Course

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

Further study 1 Course

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

Related study 0 Courses

Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

The Diploma of Accounting does not have any related courses.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Diploma of Accounting qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 11 Units of competency, including 6 core and 5 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Provide management accounting information FNSACC517

  • Prepare financial reports for corporate entities FNSACC514

  • Provide financial and business performance information FNSACC511

  • Manage budgets and forecasts FNSACC513

TAFE NSW Services Facilities and Support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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