Diploma of Accounting

National Code: FNS50217
TAFE SA Code: TP01098


Aspiring to work in accounting, business, or finance? Whether you want to work for yourself or as part of a team, this qualification will equip you with the skills and accreditations you need to realise your full career potential.

This high-level course will develop your expertise in budget preparation, management accounting, financial accounting, financial performance, internal control systems, income tax and financial analysis skills. With our focus on employability, you’ll be mentored by educators who have strong industry links, ensuring that you’ll complete the qualification job-ready.

By completing this course, you’ll be qualified to work as an Assistant Accountant, Accounts Manager, and Registered Tax Agent. Want to continue your study? You’ll have guaranteed entry into university with up to 12 months credit towards a degree in Business, Accounting, Commerce and Finance.

This course incorporates FNSSS00014 - Accounting Principles Skill Set.

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Up to 18 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

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Course Admission Requirements

you must have:

  • No course admission requirements
  • Students will be required to complete FNSSS00014 - Accounting Principles Skill Set prior to commencing study in the Diploma. Please see Important Information below about FNSSS00014 - Accounting Principles Skill Set

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 18 month course
Full Fee
$1,627 - $1,680
$4,880 - $5,040

Student Services Fee (SSF) applies. Full-time student $20. Part-time student $10.

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

    • Diploma students wishing to access VET Student Loans are required to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills, or provide evidence of successful completion of SACE Stage 2 or equivalent Australian Year 12 certificate, or completion of Certificate IV or above.
    • Reading, writing and numeracy skills are assessed using the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). To be eligible for VET Student Loans you will require an exit level of 3 in Numeracy and Literacy and an exit level of 2 in Writing.
    • FNSSS00014 - Accounting Principles Skill Set can be completed 6 months full time or part time equivalent and fees are $1843.25. These fees are not covered by VET Student Loans.
    • FNSSS00014 - Accounting Principles Skill Set consists of the following 7 units that must be completed prior to enrolling into any other unit: -BSBFIA401 - Prepare financial reports; -FNSACC311 - Process financial transactions and extract interim reports; -FNSACC312 - Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers; -FNSACC408 - Work effectively in the accounting and bookkeeping industry; -FNSACC416 - Set up and operate a computerised accounting system; -FNSTPB401 - Complete business activity and instalment activity statements; -FNSTPB402 - Establish and maintain payroll systems.
    • If you have completed FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping or equivalent; or its superseded versions (FNS40215 Certificate IV in Bookkeeping or FNS40615 Certificate IV in Accounting) you will not have to complete FNSSS00014 - Accounting Principles Skill Set
  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    VET Student Loan

    This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    Did you know that by completing this course you can be your own boss or you can choose to work in a variety of industries - including private business, government, consulting, and non-for-profits?

    Advances in technology mean that many mundane activities have been automated, allowing professionals and para-professionals to focus on more dynamic and challenging tasks. So don’t listen to the naysayers – far from a dreary career shackled to the office, accounting is a rewarding and stable career path with plenty of opportunities for advancement.

    Potential job opportunities include Registered BAS agent, Licensed bookkeeper, Licensed tax agent, Senior financial clerk, Office manager, Accounts payable or accounts receivable officer, Financial accountant, Management accountant, Taxation accountant, Accounts receivable officer, Payroll officer. This qualification includes units that comprise an approved Tax Practitioner Board (TPB) course in Australian taxation law and commercial law, which are relevant for registration as a tax agent.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Diploma of Accounting (FNS50217)
    This course teaches the skills and knowledge required for different jobs within the financial services industry in Australia and covers tax, budgets and forecasts, financial performance and reports, BAS statements and payroll systems. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 6 core units and 5 elective units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2019 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Implement and maintain internal control procedures 40
    Manage budgets and forecasts 40
    Prepare financial reports for corporate entities 70
    Prepare tax documentation for individuals 80
    Provide financial and business performance information 60
    Provide management accounting information 60


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply economic principles to work in the financial services industry 60
    Develop and use complex spreadsheets 50
    Prepare and analyse management accounting information 60
    Prepare financial reports 50
    Prepare financial statements for non-reporting entities 60
    Work effectively in the accounting and bookkeeping industry 40
  • Studying at TAFE SA is one of the easiest pathways towards a University Degree. Credit Transfer is the formal recognition that parts of a TAFE SA course are equivalent in content and level to parts of some University courses. Below are the Credit Transfer details for this course. View all TAFE SA Credit Transfer Agreements

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