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Graduate Diploma in Accounting

  • Qualification:

    Graduate Diploma

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    1 year full-time; up to 4 years part-time

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    University of New England

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What you'll learn

About this course

Upon successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Accounting with the University of New England (UNE), you will satisfy the accreditation requirements of professional bodies and be able to undertake further professional studies in your chosen field of accounting.

The course offers introductory as well as advanced units in accounting, finance, systems, law auditing, economics and business statistics.

Your accounting qualification can lead to careers in government and private sector organisations as well as in the non-profit and community services sectors.

Flexible exit options

If plans change, and you can no longer commit to the full Graduate Diploma in Accounting, you could still be eligible to receive a postgraduate qualification. Depending on the credit points you've completed, you could exit with a Graduate Certificate in Accounting.


To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree in a non-relevant discipline; OR
  • Hold a bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline, such as accounting or business; OR
  • Hold a Graduate Certificate in Accounting or other graduate certificate approved by the course coordinator.

All applicants are required to submit a 500-word personal statement detailing their professional achievements and experiences, their long-term career objectives, and where they see themselves five years from now.

You may be eligible for advanced standing if your previous education and experience meet certain criteria.

Areas of study

In this accounting course, the subjects you may study include:

  • Management accounting
  • Introductory accounting
  • Management information systems
  • Economics for management
  • Legal studies
  • Quantitative techniques for management
  • Financial accounting
  • Auditing
  • Managerial finance
  • Law of commercial associations
  • Taxation law
Established in 1938, the University of New England (UNE) is Australia’s longest standing provider of distance education and continues to be at the forefront of innovations in online learning. The university offers over 200 courses at the undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree research levels. UNE is committed to offering a variety of flexible study options so that students are able to manage their personal commitments while undertaking a university education.
The University of New England (UNE) prides itself on providing the highest quality student support to ensure that students have the necessary tools to pursue their goals. Students can easily access a plethora of dedicated services including counselling, disability needs, academic and study skills, Aboriginal affairs and career development.

With over 60 years of distance education experience, UNE has devised flexible online study options over 3 study periods a year so that students are able to utilise their time more effectively or even accelerate their degree. For courses that require hands-on experience, UNE offers Intensive School programs where students are exposed to vital practical components of their course.

To support ongoing learning, students can get the help they need via email, phone or online chat. You can expect a well-rounded and supported experience throughout your UNE study journey.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Graduate Diploma in Accounting from the University of New England.

Graduates from this course will have met the requirement for eight units in accounting and finance needed to gain accreditation with the professional accounting bodies. This course can also provide an entry point to the Master of Professional Accounting.

Once you have gained associate membership with a professional accounting body, you can pursue professional studies with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, CPA Australia, or the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) for full membership.

UNE is committed to a holistic approach to education, ensuring that all graduates also possess the following transferable attributes:

  • Communication skills
  • Capacity for problem solving
  • Information literacy
  • Awareness of ethical conduct and social responsibility
  • Independence and collaboration
  • A thirst for lifelong learning

Curious about where a career in accounting could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Accountant
  • Bookkeeper
  • Accounts Payable Officer
  • Accounts Receivable Officer
  • Taxation Compliance Officer
  • Senior Financial Clerk
  • Accounts Supervisor

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for FEE-HELP to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees. Alternatively, you can pay annually for the units you select to study in that year.

The University of New England also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.

You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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