Diploma of Accounting

National Code: FNS50222
TAFE SA Code: TP01379


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 successfully completing this course, you’ll be qualified to work as an Licenced Bookkeeper, Senior Financial Clerk, Accounts Payable or Accounts Receivable Officer. Want to continue your study? You’ll have guaranteed entry - with credit – into a connected university program.

This course incorporates the Diploma of Accounting plus the 4 entry units required for the qualification.

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36 months 

Part Time


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Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course.

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Entry Recommendations
Before starting this course we recommend that you have either:

  • Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping
  • FNSSS00014 Accounting Principles Skill Set.

Attendance Requirements (subject to change)
Delivery for this course is blended with virtual classes.

Additional Uniforms, Equipment and Costs
You may need to purchase textbooks.

Mandatory Requirements
If you do not hold these 4 entry units or equivalent competencies you will complete these units as part of the Diploma at an additional cost:

  • 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 (this unit is the equivalent version of BSBFIA401 Prepare financial reports).

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 36 month course
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).
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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.

  • 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 (FNS50222)
    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 7 core units and 4 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 are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2023 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
    Design and produce complex spreadsheets 50
    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
    Prepare and administer tax documentation for legal entities 80
    Set up and operate computerised accounting system 80
    Work effectively in the accounting and bookkeeping industry 40
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