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Which accounting and bookkeeping course would you like to study?

Welcome – you’ve taken the first step towards your new career in the accounting and bookkeeping field! The future’s looking bright (check out our Industry insights below). First things first – let’s make sure you choose the right course. One thing they’ve all got in common? Monarch Institute courses are designed and delivered so you end up with real world knowledge and skills.

Find your course below. Not sure what course will suit you best? Get in touch with a Course Consultant today or take our quiz below.

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Accounting & bookkeeping courses

Monarch Institute is one of very few registered training organisations (RTOs) to offer the Tax Practitioners Board approved courses required to become a registered BAS agent or a registered tax agent. We’re also included in a very select few accredited training providers listed by the world’s largest bookkeeping institute, the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers. In other words, they’re fit for what the industry is looking for.

Courses are delivered by skilled professionals, senior CPA and chartered accountants, registered BAS agents and bookkeepers. They have decades of combined experience across an extensive range of industries.

Study accounting or bookkeeping with us and you’ll get practical training that makes use of industry leading software. It’s all about making you job-ready from the moment you graduate.

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Accounting & Bookkeeping Course FAQs

  • How long does it take to become a qualified accountant or bookkeeper?
    Our Diploma of Accounting can take anywhere between 6 and 24 months to complete. There is no minimum timeframe to complete the course, allowing highly motivated students to complete the course in as little as you like. Once you’re accepted into the course, you can start straight away – no waiting until the following semester.
    Once you have successfuly completed a Diploma of Accounting you can register with the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) (although registration is not compulsory) and start work as an accountant or bookkeeper.
  • What is the difficulty level of an accounting course?
    A diploma level qualification under the Australian Qualifications Framework is designed to provide students with specialised knowledge and skills for skilled/paraprofessional work and/or further learning.
    The Diploma of Accounting requires students to demonstrate a broad range of cognitive, technical and communication skills including the ability to:
    – analyse information to complete a range of activities
    – provide and transmit solutions to sometimes complex problems
    – transmit information and skills to others
    Read more about AQF levels and the AQF levels criteria here: https://www.aqf.edu.au/framework/aqf-levels
  • What is an accounting or bookkeeping course used for?
    The Diploma of Accounting can be used for:
    • Individuals wanting to or who are currently undertaking bookkeeping or accounting job roles in financial services and other industries requiring a diploma level qualification
    • Individual wanting to be registered tax agents (it is an industry requirement to have, as a minimum, a Diploma of Accounting to register with the Tax Practitioners Board as a Tax agent)
    • Individuals wanting to start their own bookkeeping or accounting business
    • Individuals wanting to study the Advanced Diploma of Accounting or higher education
  • Should I study an accounting or bookkeeping course online?

    Monarch’s online self-paced study model may work for you:

    • if you want flexibility to learn at your own pace
    • if you need more time to grasp new concepts
    • if you want to move through the course at an accelerated pace
    • if you want the option to study when and where it suits you
    • if you are unable to attend face-to-face classes
    • if you want access to supportive trainers (video calls, email, telephone, webinars)
    • if you want access to peer support through a closed Facebook group, then
  • What accounting or bookkeeping course is best for me?
    Our Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping is a great starting point for anyone looking to get into the accounting or bookkeeping industry.
  • What course pathways are best for becoming an accountant?
    Our Diploma of Accounting is a great starting point for anyone looking to get into the accounting or bookkeeping industry.
    Once you have a Diploma of Accounting you can register with the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) (although registration is not compulsory) and start work as an accountant or bookkeeper.
    If your goal is to become a Chartered Accountant, you can use your Diploma as a pathway into futher education to continue your study and progress along your career path.
  • Is accounting a quantitative course?
    An accounting qualification is not a quantitative qualification, but it can lead to the same career options as a quantitative qualification.
    If you study a quantitative qualification the focus is more mathematics-intensive, analytical, and evaluative than accounting, and delves into financial markets, portfolio and investment management theory, and security analysis and valuation. Whereas an accounting qualification includes financial reporting, budgeting and management reporting, financial performance information and taxation for individuals and legal entities.

Industry insights

Accounting industry insights
Employment/positions projection 9.2% growth to 2026
Earnings (Average full time) $1,756per week
Full time vs part time 80% full time
Bookkeeping industry insights
Bookkeeping sector size 82,500 employed
Earnings (average full-time) $1,304 per week
Flexible career options 67% part time

Accounting and bookkeeping – a growing industry

Australia’s economy is moving from resources to services. In the next 20-30 years, we’ll see a lot more people doing knowledge-based work, rather than physical labour. The skills that accountants and bookkeepers use are transferrable between industries, all across Australia. That’s part of why there are thousands of accounting and bookkeeping jobs advertised every month. In other words, accounting and bookkeeping is a particularly exciting field. And you’re about to become part of it.

Bookkeeping trends

Bookkeeping is a very attractive job role for people seeking a flexible lifestyle. More than half of all bookkeeping jobs are part-time roles. A qualification in bookkeeping opens up a lot of employment flexibility, both for today and tomorrow.

Accounting trends

Accounting jobs are skewed more to full time roles, certainly compared to bookkeeping. Accountants are in demand, and job openings are forecast to grow. Accounting is much more than simply crunching numbers. It involves interpreting financial information to allow informed decisions about small, medium and large businesses. If you become an accountant, you will become a financial ‘mechanic’ able to diagnose financial issues within a business and fix them.

Your next steps

Choose from one of our nationally recognised courses including the Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping, Diploma of Accounting, Advanced Diploma of Accounting or the Diploma of Payroll Services .

Monarch offers accounting courses for students located in all locations and cities across Australia including Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, and Tasmania. Get in touch with Monarch today to learn more.

Sources: Labour Market Insights

Meet your trainers

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Michelle Dascal
Michelle Ma
Trainer
"A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new."
– Albert Einstein

I currently work in a mid-tier accounting firm as a senior accountant, and love it. I have over 8 years’ experience working as a business service accountant and tax consultant. I look after a portfolio of clients across various industries, and that’s really interesting. Observing different sector dynamics at play is fascinating. My skills include preparing financial statements, preparing tax returns, BAS, budgeting, cash flow analysis and tax consulting.

What makes me jump out of bed each morning?

I’m passionate about eating food. I love to try different cuisines in restaurants, and enjoy cooking as well. The bed time discussion generally starts with, ‘…what are we going to eat tomorrow’?

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John Deininger
Trainer
"The only choice we can make as a nation is the choice about our future."
- Hon Paul Keating

I am a qualified Chartered Accountant, with a career in financial services, working with both large and small chartered accounting firms, financial services businesses both in Australia and overseas and a mid-tier industry superannuation fund. I’ve worked in a volunteer capacity in the local community; I’m the treasurer of two community organisations.

What makes me jump out of bed each morning?

A bike, kayak, tent and xc skis are my most treasured possessions!

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Belinda Marino
Trainer
“Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid”
-Albert Einstein

I’m a registered BAS agent and Certified Bookkeeper, holding vocational and tertiary qualifications in bookkeeping and accounting, training and assessment, small business management and mechanical engineering. I am a Xero Certified Advisor and Xero Payroll Certified. I’ve had seven years’ experience in the financial services industry, working with businesses over a wide range of industries.

I currently run my own bookkeeping business alongside my role as a trainer here at Monarch Institute. I have a special interest in teaching students with learning difficulties, as two of my children are dyslexic.

What makes me jump out of bed each morning?

I love watching my Monarch students grow their confidence and increase their knowledge.

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Natasha Daraio
Trainer
"A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way"
- John C. Maxwell

I have over 11 years’ industry experience working in various accounting roles – having worked as a tax accountant in private practice, a financial administrator in a solicitors firm and a financial planner in both private practices and in the banking industry. I moved into adult education 10 years ago following the birth of my third daughter and have taught at Gippstafe, Federation Training and Swinburne University.

I love travelling overseas – I’ve been in the lively New Orleans for the St Patrick’s day street party and even skydived on the north shore in Hawaii.

What makes me jump out of bed each morning?

My three daughters get me up each day! When I’m not busy working, you’ll find me curled up reading a book.

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Elizabeth McLardy
"Be stronger than your strongest excuse. Be greater than your most negative voice.” – Alan Maiccon

Hello! I’m Liz, a CPA with 13+ years in finance, contributing to ASX 100 companies globally. I’ve trained aspiring accountants for a decade as a CPA program expert. I’m also a committed community leader, serving as a board member and treasurer for nonprofits. Beyond numbers, I’m a gardening enthusiast and nature lover. Family is my core, balancing professional and personal passions.

What gets me out of bed in the morning?

Family is at the heart of everything I do, and I cherish the moments spent with my loved ones.

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Karin Graham
Karin Graham
"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other."
- John F. Kennedy

I’m an IPA Fellow specializing in Forensic Accounting with 30+ years of experience in corporate and small business accounting. I focus on enhancing internal controls to prevent fraud. I’ve worked in the UK and Europe, blending practical experience with teaching, earning ‘Teaching Excellence Awards.’

What makes me jump out of bed in the morning?

I used to skydive extensively but stopped in my late 20s to focus on family life with my spouse and four kids, along with a Labrador and three playful cats. For relaxation, I enjoy books, computer games, and binge-watching shows or podcasts.

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Satsuki Roe
"Leadership is unlocking people's potential to become better."
- Bill Bradley

I’m Suk, hailing from regional Victoria. I moved to Melbourne in 2012 for work and study, then returned to regional Victoria in 2016 where I met Kahn. In 2020, I had triplets! Now back in Melbourne, I adore dogs, houseplants, and a good cup of coffee or tea with biscuits (am I 95 years old?). I’m a die-hard sports fan, especially for NFL, MLB, and F1. I once did a 99-hour round trip from Melbourne to Fiji to LA to Baltimore to Las Vegas and back, just to watch one NFL game – and my team lost!

What makes me jump out of bed in the morning?

My three kids and my love for accounting and teaching!

Any questions? Ask away!