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Diploma of Accounting

Free TAFE Jobtrainer Code: FNS50217 Cricos: 098373E

Overview

Campus

Preston

Campus

Preston

Duration

6 months full time

Duration

6 months

Next Intake

February, July

Next Intake

February

Put your analytical mind to use in an international industry

If you have a head for numbers and your eye on the financial industry, Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Accounting will prepare you for employment in the industry within six months, as a qualified assistant accountant. Support clients with regular financial monitoring and analysis, preparation of documents, reports and accounts advice. With only 67% of vacancies for accountants filled in the past year, your skills will always be in demand.

Balance your skills with industry experience

Melbourne Polytechnic’s accounting students benefit from instructors and exercises that have been integrated from the industry. Your teachers have real-world experience as tax agents, BAS agents and CPAs, and guest lecturers from peak industry accounting bodies will share their knowledge and their networks. This course also provides an alternate pathway to the Bachelor of Accounting for students who have not completed secondary schooling in Australia.

The first step in your accounting career

Qualifications in accounting can be taken around the world. This course completes some of the education units required by the Tax Practitioners Board for registration as a tax agent, and successful completion of this diploma entitles you to join the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA). With this qualification you might find work as an assistant accountant, office manager, financial services assistant, or tax assistant at a multinational, boutique or government accounting service. Alternatively, Melbourne Polytechnic Diploma of Accounting students can pursue further study to advance their career in finance.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

Careers in accounting are international and cross-industry. Opening your own accounting practice, working for a multinational, or somewhere in between, this qualification provides the essential fundamental building block to your career in the diverse world of accounting
  • Tax Specialist
  • Financial Analyst
  • Accounting Clerk
  • Payroll Officer
  • Auditor
  • Account Manager
  • Bookkeeper

Pathways

Melbourne Polytechnic provides seamless pathways towards higher qualifications. Successful completion of this course will enable you to enrol in our Bachelor of Accounting where you will receive 8 subjects/1 year credit

Course Details

Delivery methods

Students will be required to attend face-to-face delivery, for supervised assessments for the TAX units to meet the Tax Practitioners Board requirements.

  • Blended: remote online delivery and learning

Class Schedule

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. 9am - 5.30pm, full time study.

Assessment Methods

Various forms of assessment may be used including classroom testing, assignments, presentations, group work, case studies. A total of six core units and five elective units must be completed successfully to attain this qualification

Units of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subject Elective Hours
BSBCMM401 MAKE A PRESENTATION Elective 30
BSBITU402 DEVELOP AND USE COMPLEX SPREADSHEET Elective 50
FNSACC511 PROVIDE FINANCIAL AND BUSINESS PERFORMANCE INFORMATION Core 60
FNSACC512 PREPARE TAX DOCUMENTATION FOR INDIVIDUALS Core 80
FNSACC513 MANAGE BUDGETS AND FORECASTS Core 40
FNSACC514 PREPARE FINANCIAL REPORTS FOR CORPORATE ENTITIES Core 70
FNSACC516 IMPLEMENT AND MAINTAIN INTERNAL CONTROL PROCEDURES Core 40
FNSACC517 PROVIDE MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING INFORMATION Core 60
FNSACC601 PREPARE AND ADMINISTER TAX DOCUMENTATION FOR LEGAL ENTITIES Elective 80
FNSINC503 IDENTIFY SITUATIONS REQUIRING COMPLEX ETHICAL DECISION MAKING Elective 40
FNSTPB504 APPLY LEGAL PRINCIPLES IN CORPORATIONS AND TRUST LAW Elective 60

Recognition of Prior Learning

You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

Attend an Info Session

Now’s the time to register for our information and enrolment sessions. We give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and a tour of our department facilities.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Free TAFE Job Trainer Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $0 $0 $3700 $6500
Materials fee $0 $0 $0 $0
Maximum annual amenities $250 $250 $250 $250
Total payable $250 $250 $3950 $6750
Per year $7000
Per semester $7000
Materials fee $

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

To find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy we recommend you contact us help you find out.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 19 November 2020. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Materials

Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.

Fees explained

The State Government’s Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative covers the cost of tuition (excluding Amenities Fees and Materials Fees) for students who are eligible for government subsidised training and enrol into one of the Priority listed course.

Free TAFE is available to eligible students for one course enrolment in a lifetime.

Free TAFE places are limited for this course in 2020. Please call 9269 8400 and we can advise you whether Free TAFE places are still available.

Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative covers the cost of tuition fees for students who are eligible. Materials and amenities may still apply.

The Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative will pay your tuition fees for only one course. Once you have commenced in a tuition-free priority course, you are not eligible for further tuition-free places again, even if you do not finish your first tuition-free priority course.

Check your eligibility

Eligible students will pay 20 per cent of the standard Government subsidised tuition fee. Students can access up to one full qualification and one short course or skill set under the JobTrainer fund, including Free TAFE courses.

Who is eligible for JobTrainer?

To qualify for a non-traineeship JobTrainer course, you must

  • be aged 17 – 24 at the time of commencement of training, or
  • be a Job Seeker of any age, where a Job Seeker is defined as a person who holds a valid and current Commonwealth Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran’s Gold Card; or unemployed. 

To qualify for a traineeship JobTrainer course, you must

  • be aged 17 – 24 at the time of commencement of training, or
  • be a Job Seeker of any age, where a Job Seeker is defined as a person who holds a valid and current Commonwealth Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran’s Gold Card; or
    have been unemployed at the commencement date of the Training Contract; or became employed within 31 days before the commencement date of their Training Contract

To find out if you are eligible for Job Trainer or Free TAFE, call us on 03 9269 8400.

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

Additional expenses

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

Amenities must be paid each academic year you are enrolled.

You will be required to purchase textbooks. This is not covered under your materials fees. A book list will be provided at enrolment. Our trainers will provide all additional materials. You are also expected to have access to a computer. Computers are available in Melbourne Polytechnic’s computer labs and library if you do not have a computer at home.
Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.

Scholarships on offer

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Requirements

You must have access to a computer or laptop with a camera, headset and internet connection.

Students can apply for this course if they completed a previous qualification in Certificate IV in Accounting (FNS40615), Certificate IV in Bookkeeping (FNS40215), Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping (FNS40217), or have completed the following seven (7) pre-requisite units:

  • 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

The preferred pathway for entry to this qualification is the Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping (FNS40217). For additional information, we encourage you to attend one of our Information Sessions.

An interview will need to be conducted to check for eligibility. Bookings are currently available on Thursday afternoons between 3pm and 5pm by calling (03) 9269 8400. Please bring a statement of attainment to your interview.

Academic: Australian Year 12 equivalency
English: Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0, Pearson PTE Academic 42 overall with no individual communicative skill below 36, or Melbourne Polytechnic recognised equivalency.
Other:Full-time only for International Students.

Completion of the below seven units from the Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping (FNS40217) or evidence of equivalent competency through recognition of prior learning (RPL).
  • 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
The preferred pathway for entry to this qualification is the Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping (FNS40217). For additional information, we encourage you to attend one of our Information Sessions.

Next Steps

We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form. You'll then receive a link to complete a few more personal details.

It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment. Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend of our Skills and Job Centres, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

For Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas, you may be eligible for a VET Student Loan. Read more about them here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 03 9269 8400 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

When we receive your application, the International Office will be in contact with you shortly to discuss your application and provide you additional instructions.

If you'd like to speak to one of our International Office staff directly, call +61 3 9269 8400

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