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Education Centre of Australia, Sydney, Australia.

1 year
2018: February and July
066093M and 068697M
2018: A$12,900 per semester

Gain the knowledge and skills for a fulfilling business career in accounting.

If you have a bachelor degree in a non-accounting discipline, this one-year course offers a fast track into accounting as a profession.

VU’s Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting will teach you the technical, analytical and interpersonal skills that are essential for a professional accountant working in today’s global economy.

You’ll gain awareness and insights from key units in this course - from managerial accounting and business law to professional auditing and issues in contemporary accounting. This course will qualify you as an accountant and also satisfies the educational requirements for membership with associations within the industry.

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We are currently accepting applications for this course.

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A Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting can set you up with a career in either accounting or finance across the private, not-for-profit or government sectors.

VU graduates generally secure roles as general accountants or management accountants.


Employment for accountants in Australia has risen strongly over the last decade and is expected to continue growing strongly until at least November 2020 (Job Outlook). The average annual earning of an accountant is $73,008 (Job Outlook).

Accreditation & professional recognition

The Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting is accredited by Certified Practising Accountants Australia (CPA Australia), one of the world’s largest accounting bodies, with a global membership across 118 countries.

If you choose to take an additional Taxation unit as part of this course, you can also gain accreditation with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, a professional body with more than 115,000 members.


Delivered by the Victoria Graduate School of Business (VGSB), this course is taught at our City Flinders Campus. In the heart of Melbourne’s busy CBD, the campus is within walking distance to a range of great restaurants, shops and easy transport options.

Course objectives

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

  1. Review theoretical approaches and analyse their application to achieve effective accounting practice;  
  2. Justify and interpret theoretical concepts and related knowledge to think critically in the resolution of business problems in authentic/contemporary Accounting Information Systems;  
  3. Critically apply cross disciplinary knowledge in creative decision making;  
  4. Demonstrate independent judgement in a range of technical or management functions in response to contemporary and future business challenges;  
  5. Evaluate the effectiveness of Accounting and associated Information Systems in the support of complex management decision making;  
  6. Effectively communicate complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences;  
  7. Contribute consistently, with personal accountability for outputs in a dynamic 21st century work team, working in an ethical and socially responsible manner.  

Course structure

The Graduate Diploma of Professional Accounting course is a 96 credit point (8 unit), one year full-time duration award which may be studied in part-time mode. The course consists of eight postgraduate business units.

Semester 1

Semester 2

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.

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.

  • TAFE: To qualify for admission to the course an applicant must have completed:
    • a business related VET (AQF 5 or 6) qualification and a minimum of three years of relevant professional experience
  • International: In addition to the requirements for VET or Mature age admission, international applicants must have a minimum proficiency in the English language as demonstrated by: International English Language Testing System overall score of 6.5 and no individual band score less than 6 or equivalent.
  • Mature: To qualify for admission to the course an applicant must have completed:
    • an AQF 7 qualification; OR
    • in the absence of the above, a minimum of 7 years of relevant business related professional experience.

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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 coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply for this course

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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