Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning

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  • Qualification:
    Postgraduate, Graduate Diploma
  • Study mode:
    On Campus
  • Payment options:
    FEE-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment
  • Duration:
    1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
  • Start date:
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  • Awarded by:
    Deakin University
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  • Career Outcomes:
    Compliance Manager | Business Development Manager | Financial Adviser | Insurance Adviser | Superannuation Consultant | View All

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Course Rundown

Ready to take your next step on the pathway to becoming a registered financial planner? The Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning from Deakin University is the course you need!

This in-demand qualification will help you develop your understanding of modern financial planning principles, and train you with the analytical skills you need to advise clients. Portfolio management; investment, securities and retirement planning; the digital tools of the modern financial planner – you’ll cover all these aspects and more in this comprehensive postgraduate course. Studying under industry-active teachers, you’ll gain a solid understanding of the professional responsibilities involved in practising within this sector.

Learning online or on-campus at Deakin’s Burwood campus in Melbourne, you’ll work your way towards graduating with a FASEA-approved degree and a high degree of employability. So what are you waiting for? Step up your game and invest in the future of your career – enquire today!


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

  • Meet the minimum English language requirements; AND
  • A Bachelor's degree in any discipline; OR
  • A Graduate Certificate in any discipline; OR
  • At least two years of relevant professional work experience* that demonstrates comprehensive knowledge in a financial planning environment; OR
  • Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent.

*Relevant professional work experience is determined as business experience in either a financial planning role or a managerial position, with business oversight responsibilities in a financial planning related field, such as superannuation consulting, estate planning, tax advisory, financial consulting, funds management, banking.

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

Core Units:

  • Academic Integrity
  • Pre-Term: Getting to Grips with Postgraduate Study
  • Estate Planning and Risk Management Strategies
  • Financial Behaviour and Decision Making (Intensive)
  • Financial Planning and Economic Fundamentals
  • Superannuation and Retirement Planning
  • Ethics for Financial Services (Intensive)
  • Principles of Income Tax Law
  • Business Law

Elective Units:

  • Financial Advice Regulation (Intensive)
  • Financial Planning Development

Established in 1974 as Australia’s first regional university in Victoria, Deakin University has consistently raised the bar in delivering quality tertiary education with a focus on excellent teaching and research.

The multi-award winning education provider teaches over 53,000 students a year, offering renowned courses that integrate real-world expertise and practical skills. Get recognised with Deakin in a range of industries, including nutrition, sports management, property management, law, business and more. Plus, they’ve have ranked in the top 2% by the acclaimed Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

As a student of Deakin, you’ll get support every step of the way along your learning journey!

They’ve got a range of on-campus facilities and online features to help ease the pressure of study, including on-campus childcare services, a medical centre with qualified nurses and doctors, free and confidential counselling (face-to-face or via phone) and more.

Deakin also offer advisers and resources to help develop your academic skills. Advisers are available on campus and online to help guide you in your research, assignment and study practices.

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:

Victoria: Melbourne Burwood

You can also choose to study this course entirely online.

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Where Will It Lead Me?

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

Graduates will satisfy the education standards prescribed by FASEA to be able to provide financial advice in Australia (subject to meeting other registration requirements prescribed by FASEA); those who completed required elective units in estate planning, superannuation, tax and trust administration meet the education requirements of Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

Graduates may also choose to articulate into Deakin’s Master of Financial Planning.

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

How Much Will It Cost?

The estimated cost for this course is $26,800 for each year of full-time study.

Eligible students can apply for the Australian government's FEE-HELP loan to cover all or part of your fees. Deakin University also offers scholarships to successful applicants.

If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.

Enquire now to find a payment option that works for you!

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 $46,620 (2020-21 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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