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Diploma of Accounting

FNS50217

Diploma of Accounting FNS50217

Course Overview

The Diploma of Accounting prepares you for a professional Accounting role in the financial services industry.

You will learn how to prepare financial reports, operational budgets, financial statements, and tax documentation for individuals, as well as the expertise to provide financial, business performance, and management accounting information. You will also learn how to manage budgets, make forecasts, and implement and maintain internal control procedures.

This course can be studied on or off-campus and is available as part of the Free TAFE scheme as well as the JobTrainer initiative, for eligible students.

Please note: the information on this page is relevant for 2022 enrolments.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

During COVID‐19 lockdown periods, this course will have the majority of the training delivered using online methods of teaching and communication while students engage from home with their trainers. Any required practical components of the course will be moved to a more appropriate time later in the year.

Career Pathways

The Diploma of Accounting gives you the skills to take up a number of roles across the financial services industry.

Working in this industry will give you exposure to a broad range of people and operations. You may be dealing with customers, working with Microsoft Office or specialist software packages, or entering and processing financial information.

Armed with these essential business skills, you'll have the chance to work across different industries and locations.

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in Accounting at the university-level.

Course Dates & Times

Online Campus

Blended - Open from 2nd May - P/T Mon, Wed nights - Virtual, 6pm - 9pm / 2022

Blended - Open from 5th Sept - P/T Mon, Wed nights - Virtual - 6pm - 9pm / 2022

1. Subsidised Standard
$5,643.00
2. Full Fee
$6,039.00
Course Materials
$641.00
Student Services Fees (per year)
$85.00

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.

Please note that the fees on this webpage, for this particular course:

  • are correct at the time of publishing for those enrolling in 2022 and may change without notice.
  • will be discussed with applications as part of the application process to ensure it is understood what is being paid for and which fee rates they may be eligible for.

Course Fees consist of 3 different components:

  1. Student Tuition Fee - cover the costs of training and assessment. These fees vary across courses and are calculated based on a rate per nominal hour enrolled in. The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Circumstances may include:
    1. an individual’s eligibility for Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    2. an individual’s eligibility for concession rates on Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    3. ineligible individuals who are required to pay the full fees for tuition and other costs.
  2. Material Fee - where applicable, cover the costs of classroom consumables, handouts and booklets, e-Learning resources and associated license access fees and excursions.
  3. Student Services Fee (SSF) - contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF is a non-refundable annual fee that does not apply to short course participants.

Additionally, some courses require students to purchase or supply textbooks, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

GOTAFE offers a range of payment options to help you pay your fees.
Learn more about fees, charges, refunds and payment options

Entry requirements

Completion of the following seven 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
  • FNSTPB402 Establish and maintain payroll systems
  • BSBFIA401 Prepare financial reports;

OR

Completion of FNS40217 Certificate in Accounting and Bookkeeping

Please note for the above: provided they do not duplicate the outcome of another unit chosen for the qualification

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements

Before being accepted into the course you must:

  • Complete a Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) online test to ensure the required literacy & numeracy levels for the course are met.
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review by interview to ensure the course suits their needs and aspirations, and that they are likely to complete the course successfully.

The selection criteria for this course are:

  • Ability to undertake training at this qualification level
  • Literacy and numeracy skills of an appropriate level
  • Keen interest in this Industry sector
  • Ability to communicate with others
  • Computer skills in Word, Excel and use of the Internet to a basic level
  • Ability to organise study and work independently.

Technology requirements:

  • Access to a computer with Adobe Reader and Microsoft Word & Teams, as well as reliable internet connection
  • Webcam for Microsoft Teams meetings
  • Headset
  • A second monitor is a great benefit when studying virtually but not a requirement
Core Units
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 management accounting information
Elective Units
BSBTEC402
Design and produce complex spreadsheets
FNSACC408
Work effectively in the accounting and bookkeeping industry
FNSPAY501
Process salary packaging arrangements and additional allowances in payroll

Assessment methods may include:

  • Class room activities and observation
  • Role plays
  • Assignments
  • Short answer questions
  • Supervised tests
  • Portfolios

Trainees will also be required to demonstrate competency in their workplace.

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It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.

If attending on-campus, students will be required to attend the timetabled on-campus classes 1 night per week and undertake a minimum of 3 hours per week of self-directed learning, researching, studying and completing the required exercises and assessments.

If you are unable to attend the timetabled on-campus classes you will be required to contact your teacher and catch up before the next class.

If undertaking the course off-campus a timetable for completion will be developed with you. You will be expected to complete the required reading, research, exercises and assessments through self-direction. You will be supported by your teachers as required via phone, email and one-on-one face-to-face or Skype meetings.

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

Learning support

A free and confidential service to help you build the foundation skills you need to be successful at TAFE. Improve your english language, maths and/or writing skills; enhance your computer, exam and study skills.

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Library

Our library team are passionate about supporting students to achieve their study goals. They have subject guides, referencing help, and online resources to assist you with you assessments.

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Jobs and study options

Our Skills and Jobs Centres can assist and talk through options for courses, careers, assistance with job applications and more.

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Whether you need support with time management, your mental health, grief and loss, a diagnosed disability, financial hardship, or any other challenge life through your way, we are here to help.

Support for personal issues

We have a dedicated team to ensure students have the help they need with personal issues impacting studies such as homelessness, family problems & setting up payment plans.

Find out how the Student Experience Team can help you

Disability support

Get access to the supports and adjustments you need for your disability or medical condition to be successful in your studies.

Seek support from our Equitable Learning Advisors

Counselling services

We offer free counselling services to help you work through life's challenges including grief and loss, mental health or relationships.

Learn about our Student Wellbeing Advisors

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

Further information is provided at course induction.

Please note: Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review. This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification. There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking. You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.

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