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FNS60217 Advanced Diploma of Accounting

National ID: FNS60217 State ID: BDQ1
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If you enjoy accounting and mathematics, have an analytical mind and would like to work in the accounting profession, then our Advanced Diploma of Accounting is for you.

Our course is developed under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), in close consultation with and accredited by the Accounting industry’s professional bodies and has an excellent reputation for quality. You will be well on your way to a role as a registered tax agent or assistant accountant – the ideal start to an exciting accountancy career or an alternate pathway to the Bachelor of Accounting for students who have not completed secondary schooling in Australia.

The units in this course meet the educational eligibility requirements for the following two skills sets with the Tax Practitioners Board: 

  • FNSSS00008 Tax Law for Tax Agents Skill Set (Tax documentation) 
  • FNSSS00009 Tax Law for Tax Agents Skill Set (Tax Plans)

Satisfactory completion of the Advanced Diploma of Accounting entitles you to join the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA), one of the three peak accounting bodies representing accountants in Australia.

This course is available part time with selected units timetabled for delivery in each semester. 

As an indication for Semester 1 2023, the three core units listed below are available for enrolment. Each unit runs for 20 weeks and is a half day on the days listed.

Unit code Unit name Classes
FNSINC601 Apply economic principles to work in the financial services industry Thursday mornings
FNSACC624 Monitor corporate governance activities Thursday afternoons
FNSINC602 Interpret and use financial statistics and tools Friday mornings

Please note timetables are subject to change. Should you apply and be successful in receiving an offer, when you enrol you will have an opportunity to choose the units for your part time study in your first semester.

To find out more about how our unit timetables can be used to suit your work and lifestyle, please use the Get Help form at the end of the page to start a discussion with the training area.


  • support clients with regular monitoring
  • analysis
  • preparation of documents
  • reports
  • accounts
  • give financial advice

In order to make an informed choice about the suitability of this course, you must take into account the essential skills and knowledge required to undertake this study.

  • good problem solving skills and attention to detail
  • ability to work well with others and good communication skills
  • confident working with numbers and financial concepts
  • methodical


VET Student Loans (VSL)

This course is a VET Student Loan eligible course. A VET Student Loan creates a debt that must be repaid to the Commonwealth and is only available to students who are eligible.

To find out if you are eligible or to see the list of eligible courses visit our Student Loans page.

School Leaver Non-School Leaver AQF
Completion of WACE General or ATAR (Minimum C Grades) or equivalent Completion of WACE General or ATAR or equivalent (minimum C Grades) Certificate III

It is a requirement of this course that applicants must have completed training prior to entry to this course:

  • Completion of both FNSSS00014 Accounting Principles Skill Set and FNSSS00015 Advanced Accounting Principles Skill Set
  • Completion of FNS50215 Diploma of Accounting
  • Completion of FNS50217 Diploma of Accounting

FNSSS00014 Accounting Principles Skill Set required 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

FNSSS00015 Advanced Accounting Principles Skill Set required 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

* For the unit FNSACC514 Prepare financial reports for corporate entities, the pre-requisites units are BSBFIA401 Prepare financial reports and FNSACC311 Process financial transactions and extract interim reports.

New students who have not studied these units must apply instead for the lower level qualification due to pre-requisite skills/knowledge requirements. Students that have already completed units in Diploma of Accounting are eligible to apply for a credit transfer to reduce the study load and overall course cost.

Attendance in class

This course is equivalent to 1.5 - 2 days per week when studied part time across two semesters.

At-home study

As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 10-15 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, assignment preparation, and research.

You will need to have the basic technical requirements for at-home study. If you don’t have access to a computer and WiFi at home, we recommend using our library computers during library hours.

Work placement

Work placement is not a requirement for this course.

What you need for your first day of class

On your first day you should bring your SM TAFE confirmation enrolment receipt, your student ID, stationery (pen, exercise book, file and a USB storage device).

Your lecturers will advise you at orientation of any additional resource requirements such as textbooks and software applications, as well as providing information on how to access or purchase student copies/licences. 

Dress requirements - smart casual dress at all times.

Please note this list should be used as a guide only as job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations.

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Become a specialist in your field with university study

The information about university credit points and tuition costs provides a general guide only. SM TAFE recommends students discuss credit points with the university or college of their choice at the time of graduation.

Murdoch University

This course has a study pathway to Murdoch University(opens in a new tab) as of July 2020.

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Semester 1, 2023

Duration 1 Semester
When Semester 1, 2023
Where Rockingham
How On Campus

Semester 2, 2022

Duration 1 Semester
When Semester 2, 2022
Where Rockingham
How On Campus

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