Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning

  • Qualification:

    Graduate Diploma

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be availablePayment planUpfront payment

  • Duration:

    1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Australian Catholic University

  • Location

    NSW, VIC

  • Career Outcomes:

    Financial Analyst | Financial Broker | Financial Planner | Financial Advisor | Mortgage Broker | View All

Course Rundown

Build sought-after skills to help people manage wealth and meet goals with this Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning course from Australian Catholic University.

Designed for students with study or work experience in other areas seeking to make a career change, this practical and industry-focused qualification offers the foundation financial planning knowledge required to confidently advise clients, help people manage their wealth, and to make sure they meet their financial goals.

In an increasingly regulated, complicated and risky business world, people are seeking the help of skilled professionals to offer guidance and support in financial planning. With this qualification, you’ll be equipped with key skills and knowledge in superannuation and retirement planning, taxation and corporations law, financial planning and risk management, and develop key abilities to make decisions ethically and suggest responsible, sustainable investments.

This qualification credits towards the Master of Finance and offers a flexible, affordable option for starting or enhancing a career in the exciting and dynamic world of finance.


To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in any discipline; OR
  • Have at least five years of industry experience in a relevant role.

English language proficiency requirements also apply.

What You’ll Learn

In this financial planning course, the subjects you may study include:

  • Financial planning
  • Risk management and insurance
  • Responsible investment management
  • Real estate finance
  • Superannuation and retirement planning
  • Commercial and corporations law
  • Taxation law
  • Estate planning and capstone project

Why study with Australian Catholic University?

Since opening their doors in January of 1991, the Australian Catholic University (ACU) has been educating students in a range of fields; from arts and humanities to health, education, leadership, social work, theology and more.

When you sign up to a course at ACU, you’re not just another number, they see each student as a whole, offering you an educational experience that’ll empower you and prepare you for success.

Student Support

Whether you choose to study online or at one of ACU’s many upbeat campuses, you’re sure to receive the support you need to succeed and thrive with your studies.

Students of ACU can access their Academic Skills Unit, which will help build your skills around exam prep, offer study tips, writing tips and more. Access online resources, participate in workshops, ask questions via their ‘Ask an Adviser’ online services, book a consult, or simply drop-in.

Their team of staff and researchers are all about offering students an education with greater purpose – empowering students to achieve goals and accomplish something great!

Campus locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

You can also choose to study this course entirely online.

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning from Australian Catholic University.

This qualification will equip you with the skills, knowledge and experience required to seek employment in the diverse field of financial planning. You may choose to seek employment in superannuation or retirement planning; personal finance planning; real estate investment; or use your knowledge of business and taxation law to assist individuals and companies to navigate complex business systems.

This qualification ensures you graduate with the personal insights and abilities required to work with people with confidence, and offer ethical, responsible advice to help people meet their life goals.

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

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

Australian Catholic University offers flexible payment methods for students. You may choose to pay course fees upfront, on a payment plan, or through a FEE-HELP loan for eligible candidates.

FEE-HELPYou 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, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $55,874 (2017-18 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.