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FNS60217 Advanced Diploma of Accounting

For the professional accountant or tax agent in the making

Tax Agent or Commercial Accounting Course

FNS60217 Advanced Diploma of Accounting is our highest level qualification. It is ideal for individuals who are working in accounting and wishing to advance their career, including commercial accounting, business analysis and as a tax agent. The Advanced Diploma of Accounting covers theoretical and technical skills in a range of complex operations, and may offer a pathway to university studies.

This course meet the education requirements for tax agent registration with the Tax Practitioners Board and includes Student membership with the Tax and Super Australia.

FNS60217 Advanced Diploma of Accounting is superseded. The new course code FNS60222 Advanced Diploma of Accounting has been released. We are currently developing the updated material. As the new course closely matches our current units there will be very little change to your course and we expect that students will not notice any difference during the change. We will keep you updated and smoothly transfer you into the new course, at no additional cost, as soon as it is available.

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Course Options

Advanced Diploma of Accounting

You have completed FNSSS00014 Accounting Principles Skill Set & FNSSS00015 Advanced Accounting Principles Skill Set or a Diploma in Accounting (FNS50217 or FNS50215).

Congratulations, you're ready to enrol in the Advanced Diploma of Accounting.


Student Membership with Tax & Super Australia valued at $199.

Meet the education requirements for tax agent registration with the TPB.

*Price reduced depending on units completed and credits eligible

From $661 to $2485 for up to 8 units*

Sale Pricing Applicable.

Accounting Principles Skill Set

You have career experience with no previous bookkeeping qualifications and want to start now.

You can enrol in FNSSS0014 Accounting Principles Skill Set.

Commence your studies at any time - enrol now, start now!

Online Learning

Study at your own pace, at a time convenient for you.

Online Self Paced
Commence any time


RRP $1450

Not sure which course is right for you? Completed prior units and may be eligible for credits? Call us on 1800 678 073 for a consultation with a course coordinator.

  • Accounting Experts

    Training experts since 1999

  • Tax Practitioners Board Approved

    TPB approved for Tax Agent registration

  • Amazing Support

    Expert trainers and passionate support

  • Bonus Online Courses

    Free online courses included to upskill with CPD hours

FNS60217 Advanced Diploma of Accounting Course Information

Let's take a look at what you are going to learn and the important information to know before you enrol.

FNS60217 Advanced Diploma of Accounting is assessed under the Principles of Competency-based training, students have to demonstrate their ability to do all activities in each Unit of Competency.

If you have completed the entry requirements FNSSS000014 Accounting Principles Skill Set and FNSSS00015 Advanced Accounting Principles Skill Set you will only have to complete 8 units.

  • FNSACC624 Monitor corporate governance activities
  • FNSINC601 Apply economic principles to work in the financial services industry
  • FNSINC602 Interpret and use financial statistics and tools
  • FNSACC602 Audit and report on financial systems and records
  • FNSACC601 Prepare and administer compliant tax returns for legal entities
  • FNSTPB504 Apply legal principles in corporations and trusts law
  • FNSTPB505 Apply legal principles in property law
  • FNSTPB503 Apply legal principles in consumer and contract law
  • FNSACC512 Prepare tax documentation for individuals *
  • FNSACC513 Manage budgets and forecasts*
  • FNSACC514 Prepare financial reports for corporate entities*
  • FNSACC516 Implement and maintain internal control procedures*
  • FNSACC511 Provide financial and business performance information*
  • FNSACC517 Provide management accounting information*

* Included in FNSSS00014 and FNSSS00015.

A new course code FNS60222 Advanced Diploma of Accounting has been released. We are currently developing the updated material. As the new course closely matches our current units there will be very little change to your course and we expect that students will not notice any difference during the change. We will keep you updated and smoothly transfer you into the new course, at no additional cost, as soon as it is available.

You can enrol in the Diploma of Accounting if you have attained one of the following:

  1. FNSSS00014 Accounting Principles Skill Set & FNSSS00015 Advanced Accounting Principles Skill Set;
  2. FNS50217 Diploma of Accounting; or
  3. FNS50215 Diploma of Accounting.

Payment Plans

We understand not everyone has the financial resources upfront to invest in training, so we offer payment plans to get you moving faster towards your future. The Advanced Diploma of Accounting is eligible for a 6-month or 12-month payment plan.

  • An administration fee is added for this option ($100 for 6 months or $150 for 12 months) and is spread over the instalments
  • A $250 deposit is processed at the commencement of course
  • Remainder is paid over 6 or 12 equal monthly instalments
  • All you need is a valid credit or debit card

Concessions on Courses

Concession pricing is available for eligible students as per the Student Handbook. Proof of concession must be provided at the time of enrolment; please contact us to apply for a concession rate when enrolling.

Refund Policy

Refer to the Student Handbook for our refund policy. This course includes a non-refundable administration fee of $250.

You will have 12 months to completed the course.

There is no minimum time frame, depending on familiarity with accounting concepts students may be able to complete their course sooner than the maximum time frame allowed.

The nominal study and assessment time is 1,800 hours. However, this is a guide only. As an online course, the time it will take to complete is flexible and dependent on your ability, knowledge and time available. It is important that you choose a pace that suits your needs.

For all units, textbooks are required to be purchased separately from the publisher. Applied Education students receive a discount when ordering through our supplier, full details are provided with enrolment. Total cost for these textbooks is approximately $600.

We also supply additional learning material including:

  • Summary Notes
  • Presentations
  • Learning Activities
  • Video Tutorials covering learning concepts for unit FNSTPB503

FNS60217 Online study is a convenient, effective and affordable way to learn when and where you want.

We provide you with the following:

  • Quality learning materials and resrouces
  • Amazing Support from our assessors and student support team
  • Online assessments and exams
  • Student Facebook group

The FNS60217 Advanced Diploma of Accounting has been developed to give you flexibility so that you can study at your own pace, in your own time and in your own environment. The best part is, with Applied Education we provide a high level of support for all our students and are here with you in your study journey.


Before starting this course, you will be required to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) questionnaire. This quick questionnaire is used to determine your LLN skill level so that we can best support you in your studies.

Introductory Requirements & Units

The Introductory Requirements include an Oral Communication Skills Assessment and a Work Health and Safety Assessment.

The Unit assessments and examinations are completed using a variety of methods and are submitted via our online student portal. They are open book, from either your home, office or classroom, and include multiple choice quizzes, short answer, calculations and exams.

Accounting unit assessments use MYOB Student version or Xero (both are supplied). For accounting software assessments simply upload copies of reports as PDFs from within your accounting package.


Some units include an exam component, which needs to be independently supervised. Exams are three-hour, open-book assessments comprising of short answer and multiple choice questions, very similar in format to the unit assessments.

Exams must be completed within your course duration period. Prior to your exam, you will need to complete and return the Supervisor Nomination Form to Applied Education detailing your supervisor's information, contact details and the elected date of your assessment.

Exams can be undertaken at any location and time of your choosing, with the only condition being that you have a nominated, independent supervisor present. Your supervisor can be a person of responsibility such as a registered tax agent, member of an accounting professional body, public servant, doctor, nurse, police officer, director etc. who does not have a close personal or professional relationship with you.

If you cannot arrange a supervisor then we offer the following options for conducting your supervised assessment:

Skype Online - Online supervised exam with one of our staff members
Perth Training Centre - Level 1, 524 Hay St, Perth WA 6000
Melbourne Training Centre - Level 10, 440 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Sydney Training Centre - Level 14, 275 Alfred St, North Sydney NSW 2060
Brisbane Training Centre - Level 1, 241 Adelaide St, Brisbane QLD 4000
Adelaide Training Centre - Level 2, 70 Hindmarsh Sq, Adelaide SA 5000

If you require supervision of an assessment by Applied Education, additional costs may apply. Refer to Student Handbook.

To complete all units in this course, you will need: 

  • A reliable internet connection as all data files and learning activities are available via our student platform. 
  • Microsoft Word and Excel, or similar, are recommended.

The Advanced Diploma of Accounting typically includes:

Tax Agent
Tax Specialist
Commercial Accountant

Depending on the university that you would like to attend, you may be eligible for credit towards entry to accounting & finance degrees.

For Curtin University, in Perth WA, on successful completion of FNS60217 Advanced Diploma of Accounting you can receive up to 225 credit points for admission into the Bachelor of Commerce. More information is available on the Curtin Search for CRL website (by selecting ‘TAFE – Any Australian TAFE’ in Q3 of the filter). 

For other universities, contact directly to discuss entry requirements.

At Applied Education, we believe in equipping our students with the tools they need to succeed. That's why we're proud to offer a complimentary Office 365 A1 subscription to all of our students. This includes web access to Microsoft's top applications like Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote, as well as your very own student email address. Not only will you be able to create and collaborate on amazing content with the 365 Office app, but your student email address also comes with exclusive discounts and special student pricing at many popular businesses and online stores. Start taking advantage of this as soon as you enrol.

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Free Short Course Bundles Included

Receive all 3 bundles for FREE!
Choose 1 FREE Fundamentals bundle or 2 for $295, or all 3 for $495 when you enrol.
Perfect to meet CPE/CPD requirements and upskill.


5 Online Courses
Excel Introductory & Intermediate
Word Introductory & Intermediate
Microsoft Outlook

(Bundle value $495)

Xero & MYOB
Fundamentals (Popular)

3 Online Courses
Certificate in Xero Accounting
Certificate in Xero Payroll
Certificate in MYOB Bookkeeping

(Bundle value $685)


4 Online Courses
Payroll Administration
Salary Packaging

(Bundle value $695)

* If you are applying for funding for this course, there may be restrictions on Free Bundles depending on government funding eligibility requirements.

Student Membership Included

Tax & Super Australia

Applied Education has partnered with Tax & Super Australia to provide you with the tools and resources you need to thrive in your study and professional career.

As a Tax student at Applied Education you will receive, at no additional cost to you, a 12-month Student Membership with Tax & Super Australia. This membership is specifically designed to help you complete your study and prepare you for your future career as a Tax Professional with one of Australia's leading Recognised Tax Associations.

This offer is only available to tax students if you enrol in our TPB Tax Units, Diploma of Accounting with tax electives or Advanced Diploma of Accounting.  Key benefits to this membership include:

Tax and Super Australia Membership

For information on the full range of benefits of this membership to Tax & Super Australia click here.

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Student Support - The Applied Education Difference

  • Amazing Support

    Every student receives help getting started
    and can book a welcome call

  • Online Support

    Dedicated Support Team and Ticket Lodgement

  • Facebook & Student Forums

    Dedicated Facebook Study Group and Online Forums

  • Phone Support

    Talk to Assessors & Student Services Team

Accreditation & Industry Partners

As a Registered Training Organisation (ID 52240), we comply with the government’s strict quality and consistency standards. We conduct regular audits to ensure we keep this accreditation and deliver the level of training you deserve.

Nationally Recognised Training - FNS60217 Advanced Diploma of Accounting is recognised in all states and territories of Australia.

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