Accounting and finance

Subject guide


This NSI Libraries online subject guide provides links to information available on the web. Some resources require a DEC username and password. Don’t know your DEC username and password? Contact your Campus Student Administration or your teacher.

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Subject web links



Association of Accounting Technicians

Australian Stock Exchange

CPA Australia
Free membership for TAFE students

Financial Planning Association of Australia Limited (FPA)

Institute of Chartered Accountants 

      Institute of Public Accountants
      Free membership for TAFE students

Taxation Institute of Australia




TAFE Studylinks

tutor2u - Accounting & finance study notes

Learn about business organisation, sources of finance, financial planning, accounting and managment, budgeting and more.

      Australian taxation reporter


Organisation for economic cooperation and development (OECD)      


      International Monetary Fund (IMF)


Government information, legislation and standards

Australian Department of Finance & Administration

Australian Government list of financial regulation websites

Australian Prudential Regulation Authority

Australian Securities and Investment Commission

Australian Tax Office

Federal Government budget 2014-2015

Includes economic and fiscal outlook, Treasurer's fact sheets and media releases.

NSW Government budget 2014-2015


NSW, The Treasury - Office of State Revenue

Provides information on land tax, unclaimed money, first home benefits & payroll tax.

Office of the Australian Information Commissioner - publications

Reserve Bank of Australia

Standards and legislation


      Auditing and Assurance Standards

Australian Accounting Standards Board - Accounting standards


Financial reporting council

International Financial Reporting Standards Foundation (IFRSs)

      Oversees the standard setting body, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB)

Legal Research Links

Compiled by the High Court of Australia provides access to resources such as Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII) and the Native Title InfoBase.

Related resources and subject guides

Bachelor of Accounting Moodle (accessible only to students enrolled in the degree)

Student’s basic guide to bibliographies and referencing: Harvard Style (TAFE NSW Higher Education)

Business and management

Financial planning

Small business

   eJournals, eBooks & other eResources



Freely available journals

Australian Financial Review

Students can subscribe to the online version of AFR containing more content for $75 per year

Journal of business systems, governance and ethics

For the entire list of free journals go to the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) which provides access to over 100 free online journals on business and economics.


Click the link of one of the selected journals or EBSCOhost databases. Log in using your DEC username and password.



Business Source Complete


Case studies


Gale databases

Click the link to Gale databases or one of the selected journals. Log in using your DEC username and password.


Proquest Central

Click the link to Proquest or one of the selected journals. Log in using your DEC username and password.



eBooks on Ebscohost

Log into eBooks on Ebscohost using your DEC username and password.




Oxford Reference Online

Log in to Oxford Reference Online using your DEC username and password.


Online videos

Login to the Student Portal using your DEC username and password. Then go to the My Learning tab and click the More option. You can search for a course by keyword or access them by subject or software.

  • Account manager for FileMaker 8 (2007)
  • Accounting fundamentals (2014)
  • Financial literacy (2013)
  • MYOB AccountRight essential training (2013)
  • MYOB AccountRight reporting necessities (2013)



Login to vLearn or the listed videos using your DEC username and password. 9 videos are available on accounting and financial management e.g.


Free online videos


Provides videos on trends and development in financial planning. A weekly program guide can be requested by email.

YouTube videos

Debits and Credits      

Balance sheet example


TAFE learning resources

207 Accounting (2004)

11.06 A balancing act (2008)

603 F inancial services toolbox (Supports Certificate III in Financial Services) (2004)

423 Learning about native title (2002)

Accounting learning resources

These training packages contain tutorials, quizzes and resources for your course. Log in using your DEC username and password. You can view or download these resources. A CD-ROM of the packages may be available at your TAFE library.


   Databases covering Accounting and finance subjects

Here is a selection of subject specific databases provided. For the full list of general databases and regarding instructions go to the eResources Portal.

Name Description Access


Provides an A to Z listing, and the ability to search, for eJournal titles that are available from our eJournal database providers EBSCOhost, Gale and ProQuest.

To view the entire list of databases included, see the Databases A-Z tab within the eJournal A-Z product. eJournal titles can be accessed by clicking the link of the available database provider listed under the title.

No authentication is required to access the index. You will need your DEC username and password when accessing journal titles.


Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) website. Includes statistics and some analysis of information from the National Census and other sources.  Allows for the creation of local area profiles.

Freely available

Academic Search Complete is a comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals.The database is updated daily.

DEC username and password required.

Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre - EBSCO's searchable database provides full text, and index access to many local and international magazines, newspapers and reference books. Most general subjects are covered.

DEC username and password required.

Business Source Complete

Business Source Complete (BSC) is a business research database, providing full text a large number of journals. Coverage is provided in all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics.

DEC username and password required.


Gale databases provide access to periodical and news information on a diverse set of topics. The sub-collection General OneFile includes over 6,300 full-text titles and 400 newspaper services (a total of more than 11,000 titles). Also included in the subscription is the 'General Reference Centre Gold'.

DEC username and password required.


IBISWorld is an online research provider of Australian Industry, Risk and Company data that saves you time by presenting facts and forecasts in an easy-to-digest report format. The following reports can be downloaded directly from the website or viewed online:

  • Australia industry reports (ANZSIC)
  • Global industry reports
  • Australia risk ratings reports
  • Australia risk scores listing
  • Australia business environment profiles
  • Australia company reports

Only for NSI students & staff.

DEC username and password required.


Student Portal


Staff Portal

Contains over 1,500 high quality online courses teaching creative and business skills on about 1,600 subject areas such as MS Office, Adobe programs, digital media, social media, web development, programming, design, smart phones, tablets and computers. These comprehensive courses are available in all levels from beginners to advanced.

Only for NSI students & staff.

Students: log in to the Student Portal with their DEC username and password. Then go to the My Learning tab and click the More option.

Staff: log in to the Staff Portal with their DEC username and password and click the My training tab.


MarketLine Advantage (formerly Datamonitor360) offers a comprehensive collection of business profiles such as:

  • 31,000+ company profiles incl. 2,700+ SWOT
  • 6,500+ industry profiles incl. Porters Five Forces scorecards
  • 100+ country profiles
  • 80+ up-to-date case studies  

It also gives you access to country statistics, market data analytics, financial deals (monthly) and company financials & top ten industry players guide as well as news and opinions (live feed).


Only for NSI students & staff.

Students: use your DEC username and password with @edu at the end of the username (e.g. john.smith@edu).

Staff: use your DEC username and password with @det at the end of the username (eg john.smith@det).

This multi-disciplinary database provides more than 1,750 general reference publications with full text information. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest.

DEC username and password required.

A collection of key Oxford reference publications bringing together over 2 million entries, many of which are illustrated, into a single cross-searchable resource. Includes bilingual dictionaries, encyclopaedias, subject reference, quotations, maps & illustrations and 20th century timelines.

Only for NSI students & staff.

DEC username and password required.


ProQuest Central provides access to a set of databases containing more than 125 billion digital pages covering arts, literature, social science, general reference, business, science, technology, and medicine. ProQuest includes the world's largest digital newspaper archive including ANZ Newsstand and periodical databases comprising the output of more than 9,000 titles.


DEC username and password required.


vLearn via Equella

175 vLearn videos are now available via Equella.

Subject areas covered are accounting, business, career development, hospitality & food services,  anatomy, beauty services, child studies, customer service, English language, health & safety, history, HRM, nursing, nutrition, sport & recreation, tourism and more.

Only for NSI students & staff.

DEC username and password required.


   Library catalogues

The NSW TAFE Library catalogue lists all the resources held in NSW TAFE libraries. You can search by keyword, author, title and subject and also limit searches to specific types of materials and specific college libraries. The catalogue has links to, and the addresses and contact details of, all individual NSW TAFE Libraries.

Subject headings

Catalogue links to some accounting subjects and availability through NSI Libraries are listed below. Please note: the search results are limited to items available in NSI Libraries. Do a new search if you want to find items held by your local library or to get results for all TAFE NSW Libraries.



Financial statements



Income tax -- Australia



Management accounting


Commercial law -- Australia

Tax accounting


Cost accounting

Taxation –- Australia

Macquarie University Library

Macquarie University Library has an extensive collection of resources in the accounting area. NSI has a reciprocal borrower's agreement with Macquarie University ($55 per calendar year). Please ask your NSI library staff for details on how to access this service.     


       Last revised by AST 14.05.2014

       Last updated           10.11.2014