National course 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.

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

Some courses require 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


  • Employment size

    45,100 workers

  • Average age

    44 years

  • Weekly pay


  • Average full-time

    40 hours

  • Skill level rating


  • Gender share

    84% female

  • Future growth

    Moderate Growth

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


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 0 Courses

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

The Diploma of Accounting does not have any pre-requisite courses.

Further study 0 Courses

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

The Diploma of Accounting does not have any post-graduate courses.

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 Subjects 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.

  • Prepare tax documentation for individuals FNSACC512

  • Provide management accounting information FNSACC517

  • Provide financial and business performance information FNSACC511

  • Prepare financial reports for corporate entities FNSACC514

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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