National code: FNS50222

Diploma of Accounting

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Overview About this course

Nurture your talent as a numbers whizz and rise in the ranks of the accounting industry to a supervisor or team leader position. Explore budgets, financial forecasts and tax documents with the help of industry leading accounting software.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

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

  • Use accounting software including MYOB

  • Use Microsoft Word and Excel for accounting purposes

  • Manage budgets for businesses and corporations

  • Prepare tax documents for individuals and companies

  • Develop financial forecasts

  • Process complex payroll transactions

  • Apply legal principles to accounting

Course outcomes

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

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Diploma level

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

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

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

  • Successful completion of the following units as evidenced by your transcript: FNSACC321 Process financial transactions and extract interim reports; FNSACC322 Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers; FNSACC418 Work effectively in the accounting and bookkeeping industry; FNSACC421 Prepare financial reports (which is the equivalent version of BSBFIA401 Prepare financial reports)

  • These competencies may have been achieved through completion of the Statement of Attainment in Accounting Principles Skill Set or Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping or their equivalent

Entry recommendations

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

  • Experience in the accounting and financial industries

  • A desire to work in the taxation and commercial law area

  • A passion for numbers

  • Language literacy and numeracy at a Year 12 level

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 payable team leader, accounts receivable team leader, collections supervisor and payroll team leader.


Some units in this qualification meet the Tax Practitioners Board 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 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 2 Courses

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

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 7 core and 4 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 financial and business performance information FNSACC521

  • Provide management accounting information FNSACC527

  • Implement and maintain internal control procedures FNSACC526

  • Manage budgets and forecasts FNSACC523

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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