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Introduction to Accounting

Do you love focusing on details and solving problems that others can’t? Accounting may be the career for you. With the right qualification, you’ll have the confidence you need to decode complex financial cases, navigate tax law and guide businesses on their financial responsibilities.

Harness your natural talent for numbers and start your career with the support of Open Universities Australia. Whether you're interested in studying a Bachelor of Accounting or upskilling with a Master of Accounting, we can help you explore online accounting courses with some of Australia’s leading universities.

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University of Tasmania


Accountability and Accounting

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No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 22 Jul 2024, 16 Sep 2024

Next enrolment closes 14 Jul

Curtin University


Financial Decision Making

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 26 Aug 2024

University of South Australia


Accounting for Business

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No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 16 Sep 2024

Griffith University


Why Money Matters

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No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 15 Jul 2024, 04 Nov 2024

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Online accounting degrees

University of Southern Queensland

Unlock an exciting career based on professional accounting skills

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

University of South Australia


Bachelor of Accounting

Account for a global business career.

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

University of Adelaide


Bachelor of International Business

Enter the commercial world on a global level

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

University of Tasmania


Bachelor of Business (Accounting)

A globally-recognised accounting qualification

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

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Discover 102 ways to study accounting with leading Australian universities.

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Why should you study accounting?

With your strong business and financial acumen, you’ll be qualified to work in almost any industry. After finishing your accounting degree online, you will have the flexibility to choose from financial roles in the public, private or not-for-profit sectors.

Accounting is a career that can offer you:

  • Job stability. The world always needs more accountants, and demand is expected to be strong over the next five years. About 212,000 accountants will be employed in Australia by 2026.
  • High earning potential. Experienced or specialist accountants can earn upwards of $100,000 per year.
  • Freedom to travel with your work. Remote and hybrid work arrangements are becoming the norm in the accounting industry. Large firms like Deloitte and KPMG even allow employees to work remotely for extended periods while travelling overseas.
What courses are related to accounting?

Open Universities Australia can help you find an online accounting course that’s right for you—whether that’s a short course, single subject or degree.

If you’d like to become a fully qualified accountant, you should consider a Bachelor of Commerce or a Bachelor of Business with a major in accounting. Both qualifications are recognised by the main accounting bodies, and will help you become accredited.

Those who already have a degree in another discipline may be eligible to enrol directly in a postgraduate accounting qualification, like a graduate certificate or masters degree.

How long is an accounting course?

It depends on what—and how—you choose to study.

As a general guide:

  • A bachelor degree is equivalent to 3 years of full-time study.
  • A graduate certificate is equivalent to 6 months of full-time study.
  • A graduate diploma is equivalent to a year of full-time study.
  • A masters degree is equivalent to 2 years of full-time study.

That said, if you choose to study online through Open Universities Australia, you can control how long it takes to complete your qualification. You have the flexibility to choose how many subjects you take at once, and scale them up and down as it suits you. While some universities will require you to complete your course in a set time period, other universities have no limit at all.

If you’d like to find out more about this, reach out to us directly and our friendly student advisors can help you out.

How do I know if I’m eligible to apply for a course?

Before starting an enrolment, it’s important to read the entry requirements for your chosen course to ensure that you’re eligible to apply. If you don’t quite meet the requirements, we may be able to help you find a pathway into your course through open-entry subjects, which anyone can study.

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How do I enrol?

Here at Open Universities Australia, we make enrolling online as straightforward as possible. To get started, find the course for you by browsing the options on this page. You can also compare different qualifications using our handy comparison tool, or request help from one of our student advisors.

When you’ve made your choice, click ‘Apply now’ on the relevant course page and follow the prompts to begin your enrolment. We’ll ask you to supply some supporting documentation, including proof of your identity, your tax file number, and a unique student identifier (USI) during this process.

Your university will get in touch with you via email to confirm whether or not your application has been successful.

Please note that enquiries and applications for some courses are handled directly by the university. If this is the case, it will be indicated on the course listing page.  

For more information about enrolment, read our online self-service enrolling instructions. If you get stuck at any time, reach out to us and we’ll talk you through it.

What you'll learn in an accounting course

As an accounting student, you’ll learn the fundamentals of accounting and finance so you can embed yourself in any business. Expect to cover corporate law, taxation, auditing and assurance, financial management and economics.

Some courses also allow you to explore other areas that are in-demand with employers, including:

  • Data analytics for accounting
  • Taxation law
  • Financial decision making and strategy
  • Management accounting
  • Sustainability accounting
  • Business management and leadership

No matter the path you choose, know that you’ll graduate with an ability to solve complex financial problems, which will make you an asset in the business world. Your course may also make you eligible to join an industry body like CPA Australia or Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, which can lead to more varied job opportunities.

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