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Graduate Diploma of Financial Advising

This course is available to Domestic Students only.
February, July
1 year full time
Part-time available
Students enrol into single subjects which are studied sequentially over 8 study periods.
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Entry Requirements
AQF level 7 bachelor degree; or equivalent
Not applicable
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Graduates can pursue a career in professional financial advising and be confident in providing appropriate advice to your clients.

If you are a practitioner working in the field of professional financial advising, you are now required to have received appropriate training which is accredited by FASEA (The Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority).

This postgraduate diploma course will meet the FASEA accreditation requirements. Depending on individual requirements, graduates will be able to either start or to competently continue their career in financial planning and advising.

If you are looking to build on your existing skills in the finance sector or change your career to enter a career in financial advising, you can gain the required knowledge with the Graduate Diploma of Financial Advising.

You will meet the January 2026 FASEA educational requirement, through our short and intensive online study program specifically tailored for financial advisers.

Benefit with a course that has been collaboratively designed by academic and Industry professionals and is aligned with the new Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA) professional standards framework.

Develop professional skills through embedded ethical practice in all theoretical and practical subject activities. Gain the knowledge you need for working in the financial advice field in Australia through of eight subjects with a focus on direct professional application.

The course concentrates on building your personal, technical and practical skills as a financial advisor in the areas of:

  • client engagement,
  • behavioural and corporate finance,
  • financial principle and regulatory frameworks,
  • taxation law,
  • superannuation and retirement planning,
  • portfolio investment, and
  • risk management and insurance.

The final capstone subject completes the course requirements through active and collaborative learning.

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

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Graduate Diploma of Financial Advising

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Course code


Course type

Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8)

Professional accreditation status

Pending accreditation with the Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA)


Division of Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF level 7 Bachelor degree; or

Other qualifications or practical experience recognised by the Dean, College of Business Law and Governance 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 1Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules


Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Financial Advising graduates will be able to:

  • Apply specialised knowledge and skills to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate broad functions within the field of financial advising
  • Initiate, plan and manage complex technical and professional activities or projects in the field of financial advising, demonstrating responsibility and autonomy in professional practice
  • Solve complex problems in consideration of relevant social, scientific, legal or ethical issues that arise in financial advising
  • Collect, analyse and synthesise appropriate data to develop innovative strategies to complex problems and make sound financial advising judgements
  • Critically evaluate, communicate and present complex information, ideas, problems and solutions on financial advising matters to clients and other financial advising professionals

Course Structure


CO5135:03 Behavioural Finance and Client Engagement

CO5109:03 Corporate Finance

CO5231:03 Investment and Portfolio Analysis

CO5136:03 Financial Services Principles and Regulatory Frameworks

CO5235:03 Risk Management, Insurance and Estate Planning

CO5236:03 Superannuation and Retirement Planning

CO5120:03 Taxation Law

CO5230:03 Applied Financial Advising







Expected time to complete

1.5 years of continuous study (24 credit points)

Explanation – Eight study periods yields 64 weeks, but potentially spanning one mid-year recess and one end-of-year break that can add up to 14 weeks for a total of 78 weeks (1.5 years).

Maximum time to complete

3 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Course includes mandatory fieldwork


Special assessment


Professional accreditation


Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for
final subject

A student who has failed the final subject towards the award 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.



Students may apply for credit transfer for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure and the FASEA RPL process and guidelines.

Maximum allowed

6 credit points and must be consistent with the FASEA RPL process and guidelines.


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


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

Other restrictions

No credit will be granted for work experience.

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Student Services and Amenities fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.

A variety of Scholarships are available to suit different student types.

Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.