Graduate Diploma of Accounting

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Graduate Diploma of Accounting

Gain an in-depth understanding of accounting and a qualification that can enhance your career. For graduates of any discipline, you will develop the financial skills necessary to make management-level decisions. You can also choose to continue with additional study to become a fully accredited accountant.

This course provides you with the skillset to confidently complete financial reports, develop complex budgets and understand financial accounting.

Townsville; Brisbane
Start dates
February, July
1 year full-time
Part time available
Study mode
Off campus, On campus

Career opportunities

Enhance your capabilities as a manager with financial skills that are integral to making informed business decisions. You can apply the knowledge gained throughout this degree to various industries, both in the private and public sector.

Course highlights

Choose the subjects that interest you. If you decide to become a professional accountant, you can gain credit for the subjects you studied and continue onto the fully accredited Master of Professional Accounting.

Course overview

Explore the key areas of accounting such as management accounting, business and taxation law and auditing. If you do not have undergraduate qualifications in accounting, this graduate diploma will give you a thorough insight into accounting and finance.

This course is a pathway to the Master of Professional Accounting, accredited with various professional, national and international accounting bodies. This means that you can choose to continue study to become a professional practicing accountant.

Studying at JCU’s Brisbane campus is only available to international students.

How to apply

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

Our campuses in Singapore and Brisbane operate on a trimester system – three semesters per year. View academic calendars.


Graduate Diploma of Accounting

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Course code


Course type

Graduate Diploma (AQF level 8)


Division of Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in any discipline, from this or another university; or

Other qualifications or practical experience recognised by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Environments and Societies as equivalent to the above.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points

Course learning outcomes

JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility. JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.

In the context of a JCU graduate, on successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Accounting students will be able to:

  • Critically analyse accounting-related knowledge and practice from both historical and recent perspectives

  • Consolidate the application of differing accounting performance reporting and monitoring methods

  • Synthesise sustainable economic, social and environmental practices and value systems

  • Integrate theoretical and technical accounting knowledge which includes a selection of auditing and assurance, finance, economics, quantitative methods, information systems, commercial law, corporation law and taxation law

  • Apply established concepts to provide solutions to complex business and professional practice problems

  • Critically analyse contemporary business issues using appropriate models and make reasoned recommendations

  • Present complex information appropriately to both accountants and non-accountants using:

    - Effective oral presentation skills

    - Clear and fluent written communication

  • Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively and effectively in achieving common goals

  • Adapt sustainable accounting constructs and skills to theoretical or practical situations

  • Exercise independent judgment to solve routine accounting problems in diverse contexts using social, ethical, economic, regulatory and global perspectives

  • Seek and reflect on performance feedback to identify and action learning opportunities and self-improvements.

Course Structure


Select 24 credit points of specified level 5 subjects from List 1

List 1

CO5103:03 Management Accounting

CO5109:03 Corporate Finance

CO5117:03 Introduction to Accounting

CO5118:03 Auditing and Assurance Services

CO5119:03 Business Law

CO5120:03 Taxation Law

CO5121:03 Law of Business Organisations

CO5122:03 Accounting for Corporations

CO5123:03 Advanced Issues in Accounting

CO5124:03 Data Analysis and Decision Modelling

LB5229:03 Economics for a Sustainable World







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Expected time to complete

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

4 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

A student who has failed a single subject towards the award in their final teaching period and who gained 40% or more of the marks for that subject may be granted a supplementary examination in that subject. However if that subject is required for accreditation, then the criteria specified by that accreditation will apply.

Advanced Standing


Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit and Articulation policy associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

12 credit points


Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 6 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 10 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

No advanced standing will be granted for work experience.

Award Details

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Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Students who exit the course prior to completion and have completed the required number of credit points and appropriate subjects may be eligible for the award of Graduate Certificate of Accounting.

Course articulation

Students who complete the requirements for the Graduate Diploma of Accounting are eligible for entry to the Master of Professional Accounting, and may be granted advanced standing for all subjects completed under the Graduate Diploma.

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.