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Advanced Diploma of Accounting


  • Study online, anywhere and anytime
  • Get crucial accounting knowledge and real-world skills
  • Become a registered tax agent – experience criteria applies
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Duration Six months
How it works Study online. With a difference.
Price $3,100 | $143.08 per week (payment plan) | Gov. funding if eligible
Career opportunities Registered tax agent | Financial analyst
Course topics Four modules
Units 14 units of competency | Nationally recognised
Course trainers Industry experts and thought leaders.
Pathways University courses
Entry requirements There are entry requirements | RPL available | Some equipment needed
Assessments Multiple assessments
Start date Immediately, or whenever you’re ready.
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Key Benefits

TPB approved course

Interested in becoming a Registered Tax Agent? This course meets the education requirements of the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB). Our ‘career opportunities’ section outlines the TPB experience criteria required.

Government funding available

This course is delivered with Victorian State funding for eligible students. To see if you are eligible  click here.

Nationally recognised

Want to continue to study at a university in Australia? Your Advanced Diploma is nationally recognised, so you’ll be able to use it as a pathway to an undergraduate course.

Access to Sage HandiTax software

When you enrol in this course you’ll get access to Sage HandiTax software. It’s the leading tax preparation software used by the Australian accounting profession.

This software will walk you through preparing tax returns for various entity types including individuals, partnerships, and companies.

Course Accreditation

In total, you need to complete 14 nationally recognised units of competency to be awarded the FNS60217 Advanced Diploma of Accounting. This qualification is nationally recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework.

Module 1

Financial Reports, Management Reports and Tax*

*This module forms the FNSSS00015 Advanced Accounting Principles Skill Set

Module 1 credit transfer does not reduce the tuition fee.

Module 2

Economics, Performance and Governance

Module 3

Tax Law

Module 4

Commercial Law


Course Assessments

Assessment formats include:

Career Opportunities

Looking for a career with great job security and a variety of exciting roles at your feet? You’ve come to the right place! Your accounting studies will leave you with skills that are applicable to heaps of different roles across various industries.

Key opportunities include:

An accounting career is a great profession often involving different types of work depending on the job role, company, and industry.  Accounting can broadly be broken up into two key areas;

Management Accounting: involves completing tasks and producing reports that inform company management about financial decisions relating to the operations of the business. These decisions that management accountants help to define, are generally forward looking. For example, a management accountant might provide the information to a department head or CEO about the financial issues and consequences of undertaking a strategy.

Financial Accounting: involves completing tasks and producing reports based on historical information. These reports provide management and external stakeholders including banks, financiers, shareholders or government agencies with an important snapshot of the company’s current financial status. A financial accountant will help the CEO, head of a department, or board of a company to understand what financial issues and opportunities exist at any given time.

IMPORTANT: Further requirements for becoming a registered tax agent


The Advanced Diploma of Accounting is a great way to prepare for the level of study and academic rigour of a university level course. Before you enrol with Monarch Institute, you will need to check with the university you’re thinking of applying to about whether they’ll give you credit for the units you complete with us.

You can also see more of our accounting courses offered at Monarch Institute:

Part Courses:

Entry requirements

The FNS60217 Advanced Diploma of Accounting has the following entry requirements:



What equipment will I need?

You will need access to the following equipment to successfully complete the course:

Am I eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning or credit transfer?

Yes, we do formally recognise prior learning (RPL). In other words, we take into account relevant knowledge and skills you’ve gained through previous formal or informal training, education and employment. To find out more, refer to our Student Information Handbook by clicking here, or call our friendly Course Consultants.

Course Topics

Module 1

Financial Reporting

Module 2

Economics, Performance and Governance

Module 3


Module 4

Commercial Law

Course Duration

This entire course is designed to be completed within 12-24 months, however credit transfer reduces the time frame significantly. Most students spend 6 months meeting the requirements for this qualification.

There is no minimum time frame to complete this course. Students who are highly motivated and well organised can complete the full course at an accelerated pace.

The key factors that influence course completion are a student’s experience, time availability, how fast they work and how committed they are!

How it works

Study online. With a difference.

You’ll get:

How does it work?

This course has been developed to give you absolute flexibility. Study on your couch, on public transport, on your break at work, out in the park – wherever and whenever you like. The best part is, with Monarch Institute, ‘online’ doesn’t mean ‘alone’. You’ll be backed by our trainers at every step along the way.

What support will I get?

Your trainer will be happy to contact you via phone, Zoom or email (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5.30pm). So you definitely won’t feel alone. You’ll also have access to our student Facebook groups, so you can discuss the material with other students. It’s a handy way to stay in touch with trainers and others in the same course.

Do you offer corporate workshops?

Yes. We’re the corporate training partner of choice for several large organisations. Our trainers can also conduct onsite training for groups of six staff or more. Corporate workshops can be scheduled for any location in Australia. Got a new satellite office with staff in need of training? Running a training retreat in an idyllic location (yes please!)? Our trainers can be there.

Corporate workshops are tailored to your organisation’s needs. Get in touch with our friendly course consultants for more information.

Course Price

Upfront payment

$3,100 (Total)

The most cost-effective option. Pay up front and save 20% compared to the total payment plan. Payment options include electronic funds transfer (EFT), credit card (MasterCard or Visa), cheque or cash.

Payment plan

$143.08 per week – paid over 26 weeks (Total: $3,720)

This option is suitable for students wanting to manage their cash flow. It’s handy if you want to get started right away, but don’t have the full amount on hand. Payment must be made with MasterCard or Visa.

Government funding

If you live in Victoria you may be eligible for Victorian funding for this course. Find out more here.

*Fees and units are subject to change.

Meet your trainers

Industry experts and thought leaders.
John Deininger
"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?

I enjoy the year-round wonders of the outdoors so close to Melbourne’s doorstep, while still hanging onto an inner city cosmopolitan life style, hopefully the best of both worlds. A bike, kayak, tent and xc skis are my most treasured possessions!

Leanne Pagano
"You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think"
- A.A. Milne

I am a registered tax agent with qualifications in Accounting and Training and Assessment.  I have my own small practice that I have been operating for over 10 years.

I’ve worked as a bookkeeper for small/medium businesses to an accountant in CPA firms.  I love sharing my knowledge and passion with students who are new to the field.  I have total understanding and empathy for our students who undertake online studies, fitting in their daily lives with study.

What makes me jump out of bed each morning?

I’m not much of a morning person!  I need my cup of tea to get me going before getting the menagerie of animals fed – dogs, chickens, rabbits, budgie and one lone pigeon that ensure I am up and about.

Karen Loynd
"Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere”
- Chinese proverb

I am an accountant with a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and various teaching qualifications. I have twenty years of experience teaching accounting and bookkeeping courses at a leading TAFE college and I’ve taught online courses for several years.

What makes me jump out of bed in the morning?

Helping people, whether it is students, family, friends or the wider community. I also enjoy tennis and having something fun to do.

Natasha Daraio
"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 or asking one of my daughters to do something (for the millionth time!).

Melissa Nettle
Melissa Nettle
"Why fit in when you were born to stand out?"
- Dr. Seuss

Over the past 25+ years I have worked in various roles within the financial services industry including being an Accounting Coordinator and working as a Trainer and Assessor for HR, Accounting, Bookkeeping and Business Administration courses.

I am a proud Mum of three beautiful daughter’s. In fact, I started and completed my accounting degree online whilst on maternity leave so I can relate to the struggles involved with juggling studying full time and being a Mum.

What makes me jump out of bed each morning?

The need for coffee! Also, every new day presents an opportunity to do something to help me feel fit, healthy and happy.

Any questions? Ask away!