Information on this page is for Australian residents

Duration:
0.5 years full time or longer for part time.
Delivery mode:
Face to Face
Start date:
4 February 2019
Application due dates:
Applications for this course are currently being accepted.

Overview

Boost your job prospects by gaining skills to provide professional financial services with a Diploma of Accounting at Victoria University Polytechnic.

This course will provide you with the training and knowledge necessary for a range of accounting career pathways. You’ll become proficient in the use of accounting software.

Learning from our expert staff, you’ll gain the skills and confidence to perform a range of accounting duties including:

  • providing financial and business performance information
  • preparing income tax
  • managing budgets and forecasts
  • providing management accounting information.

Apply now for Free TAFE in 2019

Eligible students won’t pay tuition fees for this course in 2019. Free TAFE courses align with skills and jobs that are in high demand from Victorian employers.

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You'll also have access to a rich collection of online resources at any time of the day or night, including:

  • databases
  • e-learning content for courses
  • student email
  • student software packages
  • social networking tools.

On campus, we make sure that all of our students have access to digital resources. We offer:

VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses, including Footscray Nicholson. We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

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Enhance your job prospects by gaining professional financial skills through Victoria University Polytechnic's Diploma of Accounting.

Careers in accounting

Studying accounting at Victoria University Polytechnic will equip you with the skills and knowledge for accounting roles in Australia or overseas. You could gain employment within small, medium and large accounting practices and corporations, the public sector and not-for-profit organisations.

Potential job titles include:

  • assistant accountant
  • bookkeeper
  • accounts payable clerk
  • accounts receivable clerk
  • budget officer
  • audit junior
  • payroll officer.

This qualification includes units that make up an approved Tax Practitioner Board (TPB) course in Australian taxation law and commercial law. Those seeking registration with the TPB should check current registration requirements with the Board.

Course structure

To be awarded the FNS50217 Diploma of Accounting, a student must successfully complete a total of eleven (11) units of competency, comprising of:

  • six (6) core units, and;
  • five (5) elective units, of which:
  • three (3) units must be selected from the electives listed in the FNS50217 Diploma of Accounting qualification;
  • two (2) units may be selected from the electives listed in the FNS50217 Diploma of Accounting qualification or from a Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma in any currently endorsed training package or accredited course, provided they do not duplicate the outcome of another unit chosen for the qualification.

Electives must be industry relevant as well as be approved by Victoria University Polytechnic.

This qualification reflects professional accounting job roles in financial services and other industries, including tax agents, accounts payable and accounts receivable officers, payroll service providers, and employees performing a range of accounting tasks for organisations in a range of industries. Individuals in these roles apply solutions to a range of often complex problems, and analyse and evaluate information from a variety of sources. They apply initiative to plan, coordinate and evaluate their own work and provide guidance to others within defined guidelines.

Licensing/Regulatory Information 
Work functions in the occupational areas where this qualification may be used are subject to regulatory requirements. Refer to the FNS Financial Services Training Package Companion Volume Implementation Guide or the relevant regulator for specific guidance on requirements.

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. Persons seeking registration with the TPB should check current registration requirements with the TPB, as registration requirements are reviewed regularly.

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: VET

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.

If you enrol in a:

  • Government subsidised place, you’ll pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution.
  • full-fee paying place, you’ll pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

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Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have completed either:
The following six (6) units, or their equivalent, which constitute the requirements for the FNSSS00014 Accounting Principles Skill Set:
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, and;
FNSTPB402 Establish and maintain payroll systems;
OR
FNS40615 Certificate IV in Accounting or equivalent, or;
FNS40215 Certificate IV in Bookkeeping or equivalent
Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.

How to apply

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

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