C6181 - Advanced Diploma of Accounting

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Plan: C6181 - Advanced Diploma of Accounting
Campus: City Campus

Program delivery and structure

Approach to learning and assessment
Work integrated learning
Program structure
Program transition plan

Approach to learning and assessment

Successful completion of the program requires you to demonstrate that you are competent in all 14 units (3 core and 11 elective) as outlined in the program structure.

You will be required to study for approximately 30 to 35 hours per week and this includes pre-class reading and activities, scheduled (face-to-face and online) classes, and post-class activities such as research, self-directed private study, and assessment task completion.

Delivery and Learning

The Advanced Diploma builds upon the underpinning skills and knowledge acquired through your studies in the Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping and the Diploma of Accounting qualifications.

You will continue to adopt the use of the simulated business (or practice firm) as a means of experiencing real-world work tasks, and this experience will be further enhanced through your work integrated learning (WIL) placement with a minimum duration of 10 working days (or approximately 80 hours).

You will develop strategies for engaging with prospective employers to gain that placement opportunity and then having obtained that opportunity you will undertake a range of authentic workplace tasks to further develop industry-relevant skills whilst gaining a richer understanding of the nature of an accounting workplace.

The program uses a blended delivery mode with predominantly face-to-face classes with some online classes and study support.  The learning content will be contextualised to accounting industry applications and practical demonstrations will be incorporated where appropriate. With a broad range of content areas being covered in this program, you will experience quite a variety of approaches to learning and teaching.

All classes are interactive and give you many opportunities to discuss ideas and practice skills. You will participate in activities such as analysing case studies and scenarios, group discussions, collaborative work with a partner, and simulations of real-life job assignments. Other activities will include interactive e-learning, learner-directed reading and practice, online and library research activities.

Your digital learning resources are provided under licence from Learn Now Publications, and you will access these resources via Canvas (your Learning Management System). Canvas is also used to access assessment resources and provides a forum for you to communicate with other learners in your program, as well as with your trainers.

For learning and assessment purposes six (6) units of competency have been grouped into three (3) clusters as listed below:

Cluster Name Units
Corporate Governance

ACCT5438C (FNSACC634) Monitor corporate governance activities AND
BAFI5223C (FNSTPB504) Apply legal principles in corporations and trust law

Advanced Taxation ACCT5387C (FNSACC601) Prepare and administer tax documentation for legal entities AND
ACCT5389C (FNSACC603) Implement tax plans and evaluate tax obligations
Advanced Financial
ECON5052C (FNSINC612) Interpret and use financial statistics and tools AND
ACCT5490C (FNSACC608) Evaluate organisation’s financial performance

The remaining eight (8) units in this Advanced Diploma are all taught and assessed as single units.


Assessment tasks are designed to simulate the workplace and require you to demonstrate the practical application of your knowledge.

If you believe that you have already developed competency through prior experience, you may apply for Credit Transfer/RPL before the program commences or at any time during the program. Please refer to https://www.rmit.edu.au/students/my-course/enrolment/apply-for-credit

All assessment tools ensure that there are processes in place to authenticate the evidence provided. These processes include questioning and third-party endorsement for RPL applicants, questioning/interviews/self-reflections for group assignments and questioning and the use of Turnitin for e-submissions.  Many units have a component of group work which requires you to work collaboratively in simulated work situations. Assessment tasks will provide simulated scenarios and tasks which are equivalent to future job roles relevant to the program.

Given the intrinsically repetitive nature of many practical/technical accounting tasks, you will also undertake prescribed (non-assessment) tasks outside of class time (e.g. performing calculations, recording transactions, preparing various reports and forms). These prescribed activities are underpinned by classroom explanations, demonstrations and in-class practice, and are often the forerunner to structured assessment activities, many of which are also undertaken outside of class time.

Methods of assessment of individual or clustered competencies will be dependent on individual requirements as stated in the training package. These will generally include some combination of the following:

  • verbal or written questioning
  • multi-media presentations
  • demonstrations of techniques
  • assignments and case studies
  • work simulated projects or workplace assessments
  • role plays
  • group and individual exercises
  • supervised tests

Learner Support

RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available to assist with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

In order to identify any learning support that individual learners may need to successfully complete the program, a customised online Language, Literacy (including digital) and Numeracy (LLN) assessment is conducted for all students prior to commencement of training. The test has been mapped to the Australian Core Skills Framework and is designed to highlight specific areas of assistance that may be required.

Individualised learning support plans are then provided to students outlining the kind of support services that are available and how to access these. In addition, where cohorts of students are identified as having core skill gaps, teachers incorporate additional Language, Literacy and/or Numeracy learning activities into the delivery of the program.

If you require assistance with study skills, you can access the Study Support services:


Study support offers practical advice on assignment writing and discipline-specific language and learning skills. It can also assist with specific skills you may need to succeed in this program, including any language, literacy or numeracy problems.

If you have a disability, long-term illness and/or mental health condition you can access support from the Equitable Learning Services (ELS).  In consultation with you, the ELS determines Reasonable Adjustments (RAs) and Equitable Assessment Arrangements (EAAs) This support provides equal opportunity in their studies in accordance with the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act 1992. The ELS also provides staff and students with information and assistance in relation to disability related matters.

If you require assistance, you can access the Equitable Learning Services (ELS):

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners can gain support and encouragement from the Ngarara Willim Centre.

Ngarara Willim means ‘gathering place’ in the language of the Wurundjeri, the traditional custodians of the land where RMIT stands. 

Ngarara Willim staff can assist learners to engage and re-engage with education. They offer ongoing guidance with study, living and cultural needs.

If you require assistance with your study and other matters you can access Ngarara Willim Centre:

As an international student, you can get the support you need to have the best experience possible at RMIT. Find out how to connect with others and make friends:


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Work integrated learning

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with workplace experience.  As a student enrolled in this RMIT University program, you will be assessed on structured activities that allow you to learn, apply and demonstrate vocational competency.

This Advanced Diploma program has a formalised Work Integrated Learning (WIL) placement with a minimum duration of 10 working days (or approximately 80 hours) which is delivered as part of the unit, FNSORG602 Develop and manage financial systems.

In addition to this WIL placement opportunity, you will be undertaking various simulated business tasks in a virtual work environment (i.e. the ‘Practice Firm’) and these tasks will also help to prepare you for real-world employment in this industry sector.

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Program Structure

This qualification requires completion of the following:

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C6181 Core Courses

Complete all Three (3) Courses

Course Title

Nominal Hours

Course Code


Monitor corporate governance activites (FNSACC634) 60 ACCT5438C City Campus
Apply economic principles to work in the financial services industry (FNSINC611) 60 ECON5051C City Campus
Interpret and use financial statistics and tools (FNSINC612) 60 ECON5052C City Campus

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C6181 Elective Courses

Complete all Eleven (11) Courses

Course Title

Nominal Hours

Course Code


Prepare and administer tax documentation for legal entities (FNSACC601) 80 ACCT5387C City Campus
Audit and report on financial systems and records (FNSACC602) 40 ACCT5388C City Campus
Implement tax plans and evaluate tax obligations (FNSACC603) 60 ACCT5389C City Campus
Develop and manage financial systems (FNSORG602) 60 ACCT5394C City Campus
Evaluate organisation's financial performance (FNSACC608) 60 ACCT5390C City Campus
Implement an insolvency program (FNSACC611) 70 ACCT5391C City Campus
Prepare and analyse management accounting information (FNSACC613) 60 ACCT5392C City Campus
Prepare complex corporate financial reports (FNSACC614) 60 ACCT5393C City Campus
Apply legal principles in contract and consumer law (FNSTPB503) 60 LAW5732C City Campus
Apply legal principles in corporations and trust law (FNSTPB504) 60 BAFI5223C City Campus
Apply legal principles in property law (FNSTPB505) 60 LAW5733C City Campus

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Program transition plan

The current FNS60217 Advanced Diploma of Accounting (C6163) is a qualification within the Financial Services Training Package.

The training package has been released with a new version (version 8.0). Due to the new release of the FNS Training Package, FNS60217 Advanced Diploma of Accounting (C6163) has been superseded by FNS60222 Advanced Diploma of Accounting. 

Students who are enrolled in the  FNS60217 Advanced Diploma of Accounting (C6163) program and complete all the requirements by 14 June 2023 will graduate with the current qualification.

Students who do not complete by 14 June 2023 may choose to transfer into the non-equivalent FNS60222 Advanced Diploma of Accounting (C6181). 



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