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Diploma of Accounting

  • National Course Code: FNS50217
  • TAFE NSW code: FNS50217-01V02-20SGR-003

Location – St George, Main Campus

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

20.5 Hours per week


18 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government
  • VET Student Loans Available

Course Details

The nationally accredited Diploma of Accounting is designed to take your accounting career further in the Financial Services sector - the second largest industry for employment in Australia and growing fast. Learn how to manage complex budgets and managerial financial reports, and open your job search up to roles like assistant accountant or bookkeeper.


Through course work, you will learn:

  • Advanced skills in budget management and forecasting
  • To prepare financial reports and taxation documentation
  • How to implement internal control procedures
  • To provide management accounting information


Develop the soft skills and attributes you need to get ahead in this field:

  • Attention to detail
  • Customer service
  • Organisational skills


Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A nationally recognised Diploma
  • Eligibility to be recognised as a Registered Tax Agent with the Tax Practitioners Board
  • Articulation pathways into a degree

A Diploma in Accounting will prepare you for many finance roles:

  • Bookkeeper
  • Payroll manager
  • Assistant accountant
  • Accounts supervisor


Deepen your accounting knowledge and practice with the Accounting vertical pathway:

  • Advanced Diploma of Accounting

Continue your education with degree level qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Applied Commerce with TAFE NSW Degrees
  • Bachelor of Business


Employment in the financial and insurance services industry is expected to grow by 13.7%, faster than other Australian industries.

The NSW Government identified the Diploma of Accounting as key to addressing skill shortages in bookkeeping. As it is a Targeted Priority, you may be eligible for a subsidised fee.

Qualifications from a trusted training provider like TAFE NSW are key to skilling the Financial Services workforce of tomorrow.

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


To be eligible for this qualification, you will need to provide evidence of completion of one of the following:

  • Accounting Principles Skillset
  • Certificate IV in Accounting or equivalent
  • Certificate IV in Bookkeeping or equivalent


There are no TAFE NSW entry requirements for this qualification.


Some units in this qualification meet the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) education requirements. This means you can register as a TAX Agent or Advisor under Australian Taxation law, or as a Tax Agent under Commercial Law. If meeting the TPB requirements is your goal, please check with your campus before you enrol to ensure your campus delivers the units you need.


There is no work placement requirement for this qualification.


To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you have knowledge and experience in:

  • Preparing financial reports
  • Processing financial transactions
  • Business Activity Statements (BAS)
  • Payroll systems

If you need support in preparation for study, contact us about your options.


To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you have:

  • FNSSS00014 Accounting Principles Skill Set; OR
  • Completion of FNS40615 Certificate IV in Accounting or equivalent; OR
  • Completion of FNS40215 Certificate IV in Bookkeeping or equivalent.
    Students may be contacted by Student Services or a member from the Skill Team to verify the required entry requirements.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:
have completed the CIV Accounting and Bookkeeping and have an interest in financial reporting for companies, income tax and business finance.


To find out more about this course, meet our teachers and receive information about enrolment and next steps, attend an information session.

Date: Wednesday11 December 2019
Time: 11:00am to 12:00pm or 6:00pm t o 7:00pm
Location: St George TAFE Campus, Cnr Princes Highway and President Avenue, KOGARAH, Building F, Level 1, Room 20 (F1.20)
Date: Thursday 23 January 2020
Time: 11:00am to 12:00pm or 6:00pm t o 7:00pm
Location: St George TAFE Campus, Cnr Princes Highway and President Avenue, KOGARAH, Building F, Level 1, Room 20 (F1.20)


This is a Full Time Face to Face course. You will need to attend approximately 20.5 hours of class, over 3 days a week, for 18 weeks/ 6 months. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 9 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 3 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private Study, assignment preparation, research and assessment preparation.


This course offering is designed for people who:

are typically continuing their studies, from the Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping.


There are additional learning and study tools available for this course, including:

Disability support and LLN support is available where relevant. All students enrolled in this course will have free access to

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Studiosity - online access to a real life tutor
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries

This course is currently scheduled on 3 days, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9:00am to 4:30pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


This course is approved for a Commonwealth VET Student Loan (VSL). If you meet the VSL eligibility and academic suitability requirements, you are able to apply to the Commonwealth for a loan to cover all or part of your course fee. We will ask you whether you would like to apply for a VET Student Loan when you enrol and advise you of the process.

To complete your VET Student Loan application, you will need to provide:

  • Your Tax File Number (TFN). If you dont have a TFN, click here for information on how to apply for one. You can complete your loan application with a Certificate of Application for a TFN, but must provide your TFN as soon as it is issued. If you dont provide your TFN before your first census day, you will need to pay the tuition fees for that unit of study.
  • Your Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number (CHESSN) ). If you have previously accessed a loan via the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), either at TAFE or university, you will already have a CHESSN. You must use the same CHESSN whenever you access a student loan. If you dont have CHESSN, we will allocate one on your behalf.
To be eligible for a VET Student Loan, you will need to be assessed as academically suitable to undertake high level VET study. You will need to provide:
  • A copy of your Australian Year 12 Certificate; OR
  • A copy of a certificate showing that you have been awarded a qualification at level 4 or above in the Australian Qualifications Framework (where the language of instruction was English). If you previously completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification at TAFE NSW, just let us know where and when you studied in your application; OR
  • Display competence at Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy through an approved Language, Literacy and Numeracy test. We will let you know if this is required once you apply.
If you intend to apply for a VET Student Loan, its important you know your student obligations.


You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:
This course is approved for a Commonwealth VET Student Loan, provided the eligibility requirements are met. Textbooks and stationery supplies will be in addition to the course fee. Textbooks will be available directly from the publisher at a cost of approx. $300.

Find out more about VET Student Loans

Direct payment by Unit of Study instalments is available for this course.

The Units of Study and associated fees for this course are detailed above. Fees are charged on the census day for each Unit of Study. To secure a loan for part or all of your course, you must be eligible and submit a valid application to the Commonwealth for a VET Student Loan. You may withdraw prior to the census date without incurring a fee.


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Semester two starts July 2020. Enquire now to be notified when enrolments open.

To find out more information on this course including the next start date, submit an online enquiry by clicking the Enquire Now button on this page, or call 131 601 during business hours* to chat with a member of our friendly customer service team.

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If you are interested in studying as a Trainee or Apprentice please call 131 601 for full details.

Core Units
Number Title
FNSACC514 Prepare financial reports for corporate entities
FNSACC512 Prepare tax documentation for individuals
FNSACC517 Provide management accounting information
FNSACC516 Implement and maintain internal control procedures
FNSACC513 Manage budgets and forecasts
FNSACC511 Provide financial and business performance information
Elective Units
Number Title
FNSACC601 Prepare and administer tax documentation for legal entities
FNSACC408 Work effectively in the accounting and bookkeeping industry
FNSTPB503 Apply legal principles in contract and consumer law
FNSTPB504 Apply legal principles in corporations and trust law
FNSTPB505 Apply legal principles in property law

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

St George, Main Campus
Corner Princes Highway & President Avenue, Kogarah
Phone 131 601

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