1 year full time or longer for part time
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Start date:
21 February 2022
Application due dates:
Direct applications are due on 13 February 2022 for our next intake which starts on 21 February 2022.


Lay the foundation for a career in professional accounting with a Graduate Diploma in Business (Accounting) at Victoria University.

This course is designed for those seeking an accounting qualification while further developing an understanding of business systems.  You’ll develop a strong foundation in accounting procedures and practices, as well as valuable skills including critical thinking, problem solving and creativity.

You’ll also gain specialist knowledge and skills to perform technical functions in key business disciplines including:

  • economics
  • marketing
  • finance
  • enterprise resource planning systems.

You can continue on to the Master of Business (Accounting) in order to gain professional recognition as an accountant. You could also undertake prerequisite research units that lead on to doctoral study.

This course is offered through the Victoria University Business School located at our City Flinders campus in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. If you are combining work with study, this is an ideal location.

Featuring business incubators (high tech meeting rooms replicating a business centre) and industry standard computer labs, the campus is a modern, spacious and comfortable learning environment.

You’ll have access to professional online business databases and a specialist business librarian.

Relationships between our teaching staff and students focus on mutual respect. We acknowledge you as a professional who wants to extend your business skills and be challenged. Our teaching staff have an ‘open door’ policy and encourage you to approach them for additional assistance whenever necessary.

Everything you learn at VU has direct links to the real world. This course is designed to give you practical experience, so you’ll be job-ready when you graduate.

Our strong industry partnerships help inform our curriculum and provide opportunities for you to create valuable connections in the business world. 

We also organise work expos, where you can network with potential employers and discover first-hand the opportunities available to business graduates.

VU values cultural diversity and offers enriched learning experiences through international insights. Partner universities in Singapore and Malaysia provide the chance for you to take your study overseas so you will come away from your degree with an invaluable global network of peers.

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Careers in business and accounting

When you graduate, you’ll have valuable and transferable skills for work in a variety of business, finance and accounting roles in Australia and overseas. This course provides a pathway to further study or could lead to a career as a general accountant or assistant accountant.

Our graduates gain employment within small, medium and large accounting practices and corporations, the public sector and not-for-profit organisations.

Please note that in order to become a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA), you must undertake additional studies, such as our Master of Business (Accounting).


The average annual salary for an accountant in Australia is $73,008 (JobOutlook).

Course structure

To attain the Graduate Diploma in Business (Accounting), students will be required to complete 96 credit points (equivalent to 8 units) consisting of:

  • 48 credit points (equivalent to 4 units) college core units
  • 36 credit points (equivalent to 3 units) professional core units
  • 12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) elective units. Students to select from the list provided (subject to availability). Please check any prerequisite requirements prior to enrolling

Students planning to continue onto Masters study are advised to take BMO6630 Business Research Methods as their elective unit.

Year 1, Semester 1

Year 1, Semester 2

Select 12 credit points (1 unit) from the list of elective units below:

Elective Units (subject to availability)

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Synthesise and critically review knowledge about business systems relevant to accounting practices to make high level, independent technical recommendations.  
  2. Analyse research findings applicable to accounting processes in business environments.  
  3. Justify and interpret theoretical concepts and related knowledge to think critically in the resolution of business and more specifically accounting problems in authentic/contemporary accounting settings.  
  4. Critically apply cross disciplinary knowledge in creative decision making.  
  5. Demonstrate independent judgement in a range of business and accounting-related technical functions in response to contemporary and future business challenges.  
  6. Evaluate the effectiveness of accounting and associated business systems in the support of management decision making.  
  7. Effectively communicate complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences.  
  8. Contribute consistently, with personal accountability for outputs in a dynamic 21st century work team, working in an ethical and socially responsible manner.  

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.


Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type for this course: Full-fee

Fee type definitions

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) or a full fee-paying place.

Students who enrol in a:

In addition to your tuition fees, you may also be charged a Student Services & Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

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.

Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in any discipline
Completion of an Australian Graduate Certificate (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
Applicants with a minimum three (3) years approved work experience will be considered for admission to this course.

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.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course chair or academic adviser.

How to apply

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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Direct applications are due on 13 February 2022 for our next intake which starts on 21 February 2022.

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