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What will I learn?

If you have a head for numbers and your eye on the financial industry, Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Accounting will prepare you for employment in the industry within six months, as a qualified assistant accountant. Support clients with regular financial monitoring and analysis, preparation of documents, reports and accounts advice. With only 67% of vacancies for accountants filled in the past year, your skills will always be in demand.

Balance your skills with industry experience

Melbourne Polytechnic’s accounting students benefit from instructors and exercises that have been integrated from the industry. Your teachers have real-world experience as tax agents, BAS agents and CPAs, and guest lecturers from peak industry accounting bodies will share their knowledge and their networks. Melbourne Polytechnic has developed this course closely with Australia’s professional accounting bodies, and it has been accredited by CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand, and the Australian Qualifications framework. This course also provides an alternate pathway to the Bachelor of Accounting for students who have not completed secondary schooling in Australia.

The first step in your accounting career

Qualifications in accounting can be taken around the world. This course completes some of the education units required by the Tax Practitioners Board for registration as a tax agent, and successful completion of this diploma entitles you to join the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA). With this qualification you might find work as an assistant accountant, office manager, financial services assistant, or tax assistant at a multinational, boutique or government accounting service. Alternatively, Melbourne Polytechnic Diploma of Accounting students can pursue further study to advance their career in finance.


Where will this take me

Careers in accounting are international and cross-industry. Opening your own accounting practice, working for a multinational, or somewhere in between, this qualification provides the essential fundamental building block to your career in the diverse world of accounting

  • Accounting Clerk
  • Payroll Officer
  • Auditor
  • Account Manager
  • Bookkeeper
  • Tax Specialist
  • Financial Analyst


Melbourne Polytechnic provides seamless pathways towards higher qualifications. Successful completion of this course will enable you to enrol in our Bachelor of Accounting where you will receive 8 subjects/1 year credit

Delivery methods

Students will be required to attend face-to-face delivery, for supervised assessments for the TAX units to meet the Tax Practitioners Board requirements.

Classes are conducted on campus as face-to-face delivery.

Assessments are managed with Moodle, the online Learning Management System.

  • Blended learning

Assessment Methods

Assessment consists of engagement via email, phone, Zoom, Moodle activities including collaborative tasks and individual project work, Moodle forums and direct feedback via Moodle.

Which department am I in?

Department of Business, Management and Finance



Study options

Full Time (6 months)

Tuition fees
A$7,000.00 (3,80,849) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

11 July 2022, 3 October 2022


Melbourne Polytechnic

Preston Campus,

77 St Georges Road,



3072, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

Academic: Australian Year 12 equivalency
English: Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0, Pearson PTE Academic 42 overall with no individual communicative skill below 36; Cambridge English Scale (Cambridge: First (FCE), Cambridge: Advanced (CAE), Cambridge: Proficiency (CPE)): 162 overall (Individual bands: minimum 154); Melbourne Polytechnic: ELICOS: 2+ ISLPR overall (individual bands: minimum ISLPR 2).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Melbourne Polytechnic

Spread across seven campuses, Melbourne Polytechnic offers industry-related degrees and pathways to top universities.

  • One of Australia's largest higher education providers
  • Home to international students from over 70 countries
  • Awarded for Excellence in International Education
  • Partnerships with top universities and organisations