Government Funding Available
Course fees only $399 for concession or $1339 for non-concession!

South Australian Traineeship Government Funding For Diploma of Accounting

Study Diploma of Accounting Online

FNS50217 Diploma of Accounting is designed for those with accounting experience and a prior qualification who are looking to become a qualified accounting professional or tax agent.

Our Diploma is ideal for those wanting to work as a senior bookkeeper or accountant or to gain the educational requirements to become a tax agent.

No previous accounting qualification? Don't worry, we have an option that students can choose to build their knowledge and qualifications.

Course Guide & Eligibility Checklist

LG SA Trainee FN50217 2021

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SA Government Funding For Eligible Trainees

Online Learning
Instant Access

Nationally Recognised

Entry requirements are Certificate IV in Accounting and/or Bookkeeping (FNS40215, FNS40615 or FNS40217) or
FNSSS00014 Accounting Principles Skill Set

Completed one of these course? Fantastic, you can enrol in the Diploma of Accounting.

Enrol in the Tax units to meet the TPB education requirements for Tax Agents


Includes video tutorials and dedicated support

$1338.73 for non-concession

$398.65 for concession

RRP $2590


You must meet the following

  • Live or work in South Australia;
  • Australian or New Zealand citizen, or an Australian Permanent Resident or an eligible visa holder
  • be aged 16 years or older; and
  • not enrolled in school
  • have an employer willing to offer you a traineeship

See below for full details *


For the student (trainee)

  • Reduced course fee.
  • Nationally Recognised Diploma of Accounting qualification.

For the employer:

  • Payroll tax exemptions. **
  • Australian Government financial incentives to eligible employers of trainees including the Boosting Apprenticeship Wage Subsidy of up to 50% (to a maximum of $7,00 per quarter) of the gross wage paid.**

See below for full details **

Traineeship funding an initiative of Government of South Australia South A

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.

Key Benefits of Studying at Applied Education

Bookkeeping Experts

Applied Education love Bookkeeping and Accounting, we have been delivering bookkeeping and payroll courses since 1999.

TPB Approved

Approved by the Tax Practitioners Board for TPB Registration as a Tax Agent.

Industry Partner Tax and Super Australia

One year Student Membership with Tax and Super is included.

Amazing Support

Accounting is our passion; all our trainers and assessors have qualifications and experience in accounting and education.

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.

A traineeship is a practical hands-on training program combining paid work with structured training aimed at achieving a nationally recognised qualification. If you would like to do a traineeship and study Accounts Administration, there are Participant Eligibility Criteria in order to receive funding. You must

School-enrolled students are subject to separate eligibility criteria.

If you do not meet the eligibility criteria, please click here for full course details  or call us on 1800 678 073 for a consultation with a course adviser.

For full eligibility refer to:

For the trainee:

  • Reduced course fee.
  • Opportunity to gain a nationally recognised Diploma-level qualification.
  • Access to book one-on-one support via Skype with a qualified Trainer/Assessor.
  • Plan for your future and help your employer develop the skills of their workforce.

For the employer:

  • Building a skilled workforce with the latest professional development opportunities.
  • Payroll tax exemptions - Wages paid to apprentices and trainees who commence a relevant training contract between 10 November 2020 and 30 June 2022 (inclusive), will receive relief equivalent to a 12 month payroll tax exemption. (source:
  • The Australian Government provides a number of financial incentives to eligible employers of trainees including the Boosting Apprenticeship Wage Subsidy of up to 50% (to a maximum of $7,00 per quarter) of the gross wage paid. (source:

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

  1. FNSSS00014 Accounting Principles Skill Set^
  2. FNS40615 Certificate IV in Accounting
  3. FNS40215 Certificate IV in Bookkeeping
  4. FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping*

^ Recommended for those currently working in the industry and wanting to progress quickly.
* Recommended for students with no previous accounting experience.

Course Fees

For South Australia approved trainees the course fees are:

  • $1338.75 for non-concession
  • $398.65 for concession*

(RRP $2590)

Applied Education sales and discounts do not apply to trainees enrolled via a government funding initiative.
* Proof of concession (a current Commonwealth Government Concession Card) must be provided before enrolling. This is in addition to the eligibility criteria for Traineeships.

Payment Plans

We understand not everyone has the financial resources upfront to invest in training, so we offer flexible payment options to get you moving faster towards your future. To discuss Cluster Payment options, please contact Student Support on enrolment.

The maximum duration that you will have to complete the Diploma of Accounting course, will be a the same as the duration of your traineeship contract. There is no minimum time frame, students familiar with bookkeeping and accounting concepts may complete the course much faster.

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.

The Diploma of Accounting consists of 11 units of competency, however up to 3 units may have been completed as part of the entry requirements.

  • FNSACC408 Work effectively in the accounting and bookkeeping industry*
  • FNSTPB402 Establish and maintain payroll systems*
  • FNSTPB401 Complete business activity and instalment activity statements*
  • BSBTEC402 Develop and produce complex spreadsheets
  • FNSACC517 Provide management accounting information
  • FNSACC514 Prepare financial reports for corporate entities
  • FNSACC516 Implement and maintain internal control procedures
  • FNSACC511 Provide financial and business performance information
  • FNSACC513 Manage budgets and forecasts
  • FNSACC512 Prepare tax documentation for individuals
  • FNSTPB503 Apply legal principles in consumer and contract law

* Included in FNSSS00014 Accounting Principles Skill Set

The Diploma of Accounting + Tax consists of 11 units of competency, however one unit may have been completed as part of the entry requirements.

  • 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
  • FNSTPB503 Apply legal principles in consumer and contract law
  • 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
  • BSBFIA401 Prepare financial reports

* There are prerequisite units for FNSACC514.

FNS50217 Online study is a convenient, effective and affordable way to learn when and where you want.

We provide you with the following:

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

The FNS50217 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.

Depending on your credit transfer, to complete units in this course, you will need:

  • A reliable internet connection as all data files and learning activities are available via our Student Platform.
  • A computer with a Microsoft Windows operating system.#
  • Microsoft Word and Excel.

We will provide links and instructions to access MYOB Student Edition Software and Xero Demo Company.

# Mac Users, Tablets and MYOB

MYOB software cannot be downloaded to tablets including Chromebooks and since 2020, MYOB is not compatible with Apple’s operating system.

If you only have access to a Mac computer, we recommend you first contact Apple to confirm if the following options are feasible on your computer:

  • purchase and install on your mac a windows emulator such as "parallels" to run windows on a Mac at your own cost; or
  • use the free inbuilt Mac Boot Camp Assistant on your Mac computer and purchase a Windows OS software licence. For information regarding the Boot Camp Assistant software, please refer to Apple's support page;

Note: Applied Education and MYOB are unable to support issues relating to a Mac computer.


To complete all units in the Diploma of Accounting with Tax Electives, you will need:

  • A computer with 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.

For all Advanced Diploma 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.

Some units include video tutorials to further assist with your learning.


Your learning journey is about becoming "competent" in the subject matter. Our in house course writers and assessment team all have accounting and bookkeeping experience or are currently working in the industry. With this in mind we try and make the tasks relevant to what you will experience in the real world. The purpose is not to just pass or fail, rather to become competent using these skills which you can then apply in the real world.


Before starting this course, there are two requirements that need to be completed. All individuals seeking access to a subsidised training place in South Australia are required to complete an Upfront Assessment of Needs (UAN) after the Traineeship ID has been approved by Traineeship and Apprenticeship Services.

You will also need 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 comprise theoretical and practical exercises.

Accounting unit assessments use MYOB or Xero (both are supplied).


Tax Practitioners Board Licensing Course 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 online supervision with one of our staff members via Skype.

The Diploma of Accounting can open doors to many different careers in business and finance, including:

  • Bookkeeper
  • Tax Agent
  • Finance Manager
  • Payroll Officer
  • Accountant
  • Auditor
  • Tax Specialist
  • Accounting Clerk

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.

Student Support - The Applied Education Difference

  • Amazing Support

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

  • Online Support

    Dedicated Student Support Team and
    Ticket Lodgement to track support

  • Facebook & Student Forums

    Dedicated Facebook Support Group - Over 2,000 student only members. Dedicated Forums

  • Phone Support

    Assessors & Student Services Team available

Nationally Recognised Training

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.

The FNS50217 Diploma of Accounting is recognised in all states and territories of Australia.

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