Business and ICT

FNS50215 Diploma of Accounting

FNS50215 Diploma of Accounting is part of the Financial Services Training Package. It reflects professional accounting job roles in financial services and other industries. It contributes to, but does not encompass, educational requirements for providing tax agent services. It will prepare students to provide services including: preparing or lodging an approved form about a taxpayer’s liabilities, obligations or entitlements under a taxation law; giving a taxpayer advice about a taxation law that the taxpayer can reasonably be expected to rely upon to satisfy their taxation obligations and dealing with the Commissioner on behalf of a taxpayer in relation to a taxation law.

The qualification is designed to provide skills for a person typically employed as an office manager, senior clerical officer or assistant accountant. This qualification provides up to 6 units of credit towards the Bachelor of Business with the University of Tasmania under current articulation arrangements.

This qualification would suit:

  • Those who have completed the Certificate IV in Accounting and are on a journey to gain higher level accounting qualifications in the TasTAFE system or a Degree at University level using the TasTAFE/University of Tasmania Articulation Agreement
  • Those who work as a bookkeeper and want further skills in taxation and higher level accounting and reporting skills and knowledge
  • Those wishing to be fully qualified as an Accountant and a member of an accounting professional organisation
  • Those seeking ultimately a career as a registered tax agent
  • Those people who do not want to gain the complete qualification but complete individual units as required for professional development or career advancement.

Career Opportunities

Depending on how you completed this training, further study or career options may include:

  • Working as a Clerical Officer, Office Manager, Payroll Officer, Bookkeeper or Assistant Accountant
  • Being a bookkeeper or joining a bookkeeping professional organisation with opportunities to access ongoing professional development
  • As an employed bookkeeper, prepare and submit Business Activity Statement (BAS) returns for your business employer
  • As a contract bookkeeper, prepare and submit BAS returns for small businesses. (Note: Specific eligibility requirements exist under the current income tax legislation)
  • Continuing study in the Advanced Diploma in Accounting or Degree level at University to obtain membership of an accounting professional association. The Diploma of Accounting entitles people 6 units of credit into the Bachelor of Business under the TasTAFE/University of Tasmania Articulation Agreement

Dates and Times

Campbell Street

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  • Next Intake:  2018
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Launceston Campus

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  • Flexible Study Statewide –  Places still available!
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Devonport Campus / Burnie Campus

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Learning Options

Options will include:

  • Day classes, or
  • Flexible study

Assessment Process

Throughout all assessments, Occupational Health & Safety procedures must be followed. Options for assessment will include:

  • Projects
  • Preparing financial records and reports for simulated business situations
  • Preparing reports for management
  • Being observed performing practical tasks
  • On-line quizzes and tasks
  • Short answer
  • Examinations

Employability skills
All units in this qualification are assessed considering the employability skills of:

  • communication
  • teamwork
  • problem solving
  • initiative and enterprise
  • planning and organising
  • self-management
  • learning
  • technology


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Fees and Payments

This course is eligible for a VET Student Loan
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You will need to demonstrate that you have taxation, costing, budgeting, legal knowledge and well developed bookkeeping skills and knowledge all of which can be obtained in the Certificate III in Accounts Administration and Certificate IV in Accounting.

You will need an aptitude for finance and an interest in computer applications as demonstrated by an interest or work in the clerical/ bookkeeping/ accounting industry or previous accounting study.

Qualification Requirements

The qualification consists of 11 units, 6 core units and 5 elective units.


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