C5390 - Diploma of Accounting

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Plan: C5390 - Diploma of Accounting
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Diploma of Accounting
Qualification national code: FNS50217
Nominal hours: 610
Career: TAFE
Duration: Six months full time study
Location: City Campus
Owning school: Vocational Business Education (650T)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/vocbused
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Purpose of the Program

This qualification enables those who are seeking a career in accounting to gain experience in accounting transactions, their behaviour and effects on the organisation. Graduates of this program typically secure work in range of industries as accounts payable officer, accounts receivable officer and some may pursue assistant accountant roles in larger accounting firms.  It also provides a study pathway to those who want to progress through higher level accounting qualifications Advanced Diploma of Accounting and higher education degrees in the accounting field.

This qualification includes one unit that constitutes an approved Tax Practitioner Board (TPB) course in Australian taxation law, and this unit may contribute towards meeting the academic requirements for registration as a Tax Agent. Those seeking registration as a Tax Agent should check current registration requirements with the TPB.

The underpinning and foundation skills that will be embedded within the Diploma program are as follows:

  • Financial management
  • Management accounting
  • Company accounting
  • Taxation (individual returns)
  • Budgeting
  • Internal controls
  • Business ethics
  • Advanced features in spreadsheets
  • Leadership and management

In addition to specialised skills, the program will also develop the core skills that you need to succeed in the workforce. In this program, you will specifically be given a range of opportunities to communicate, connect and work with students and staff.

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Articulation and pathways

Successful completion of the Diploma of Accounting qualification will enable you to gain entry into the Advanced Diploma of Accounting.

More information on how to apply is available at the following: https://www.rmit.edu.au/contact/visit-us/info-corner/

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Entrance requirements

Minimum Academic requirement

Students wishing to undertake the Diploma of Accounting (FNS50217) must have completed one of the following:

  1. Completion of FNS40615 Certificate IV in Accounting or equivalent; OR
  2. Completion of FNS40215 Certificate IV Bookkeeping; OR
  3. Completion of FNS40215 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping; OR
  4. Completion of the following seven units, or their equivalent, which constitute the requirements for the FNSSS00014 Accounting Principles Skill Set (Release 2):
  • BSBFIA401 Prepare financial reports
  • 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

RMIT equity access schemes can support you to access and succeed in education. Equity access schemes allow additional consideration in the selection process. However, an equity access application cannot bypass the minimum entry requirements.  More on equity access is located at https://www.rmit.edu.au/study-with-us/applying-to-rmit/local-student-applications/equity-access-schemes/types-of-equity-access/

International students

International students are subject to meeting University English Language Requirements:

More information on entry requirements and how to apply is located at:

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External accreditation and industry links

The development of the program structure and the choice of elective units appropriate to the Accounting industry were informed by a Industry Advisory Committee (IAC) comprised of representatives of the Accounting sector and RMIT educators.

Academic staff maintain close contact with industry though various professional development activities.  Sessional staff generally maintains employment or operate their own business in the relevant industry.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of a laptop/mobile device, study notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT (www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit) or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www1.rmit.edu.au/library

 Online learning tools and content

You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses when you log into CANVAS (Learning Management System)

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