Advanced Diploma of Accounting

National Code: FNS60217
TAFE SA Code: TP01099


Want to pursue a successful career in a thriving sector? If you love numbers and excel in spreadsheets, this high-level qualification is for you.
Our Advanced Diploma of Accounting (FNS60217) will develop your expertise in budget preparation, management accounting, financial accounting, financial performance, internal control systems, income tax, financial analysis, economic principles, financial statistics and corporate governance. 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 successfully completing this course, you’ll be qualified to work as an Financial Accountant, Management Accountant, Licenced Tax Agent. Want to continue your study? You’ll have guaranteed entry - with credit – into a connected university program.

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Up to 24 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

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Course Admission Requirements

any one of:

  • Completion of both FNSSS00014 Accounting Principles Skill Set and FNSSS00015 Advanced Accounting Principles Skill Set OR
  • Diploma of Accounting - FNS50215 or FNS50217
  • See Important Information below for information on skill sets
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 24 month course
Full Fee

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. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

    • Evidence of Accounting Skill Sets can be either a statement of attainment showing completion of FNSSS00014 - Accounting Principles Skill Set and FNSSS00015 Advanced Accounting Principles Skill Set or A transcript showing completion of the following 13 units: BSBFIA401 - Prepare financial reports; FNSACC31 - 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; FNSACC511 - Provide financial and business performance information; FNSACC512 Prepare tax documentation for individuals; FNSACC513 Manage budgets and forecasts; FNSACC514 Prepare financial reports for corporate entities; FNSACC516 Implement and maintain internal control procedures; FNSACC517 Provide managemen
    • Skill sets - Please upload your statements of attainment or transcripts to your SATAC application or email to admissions@tafesa.edu.au
    • 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.
  • 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 Taxation Accountants have a median weekly income of $1,660 before tax? The Australian Government’s Job Outlook portal predicts that the industry will have moderate future growth. You can choose to be your own boss or work as part of a team in a variety of industries, including private business, government, consulting, and non-for-profits. By completing this high-level course, you’ll have financially-rewarding and sustainable career prospects for the future.
    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

    Advanced Diploma of Accounting (FNS60217)
    This course covers knowledge and skills in accounting, tax, finance, statistics, marketing and law as they apply to the accounting profession, as well as to the broader Australian business environment. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 3 core units and 11 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 elective 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 elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply economic principles to work in the financial services industry 60
    Interpret and use financial statistics and tools 60
    Monitor corporate governance activities 60


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply legal principles in contract and consumer law 60
    Apply legal principles in corporations and trust law 60
    Apply legal principles in property law 60
    Implement and maintain internal control procedures 40
    Manage budgets and forecasts 40
    Prepare and administer tax documentation for legal entities 80
    Prepare and analyse management accounting information 60
    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
  • 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

    University University Course Details
    Bachelor of Accounting
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    Bachelor of Finance
    Bachelor of Banking and Finance
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    Bachelor of Business (Marketing) (Online program)
    Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) (Online program)
    Bachelor of Business (Real Estate Practice)
    Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)
    Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management) (Online)
    Bachelor of Business (Management) (Online program)
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