Accounting and Finance

Accounting and Finance is a versatile skill area that gives you entry into a range of career areas, including auditing, merchant banking, services industry, financial planning and taxation, stockbroking, and management consulting.

In recent years the growing complexity of the financial environment and constantly changing investment markets has created an increased demand for skilled accountants and financial advisors.

We offer a clear study and career pathway from Certificate III through to Diploma, Advanced Diploma, an Associate Degree of Accounting and the Bachelor of Applied Finance (Financial Planning), offered through our Higher Education Campuses at Meadowbank and Northern Beaches.

Some of our courses can be studied online. You can also study a degree program with us or one of our university partners.

A look at the facts...

  • The accounting industry is expected to grow by an annualised 4% over the five years to 2019, to be worth a huge $19.9 billion.
  • The five year projection for job openings is estimated to be over 50,000 for accountants.
  • Strong growth continues in this sector as organisations need a stronger connection between strategy, operations and finance. Improving business conditions in the Australian economy such as consumer spending and business confidence will provide operators with new work.

(Source: IBIS World and

A career in accounting and finance

Possible job roles include:

Names of job roles - column 1 Names of job roles - column 2
  • accountant
  • accounts clerk
  • accounts manager
  • accounts supervisor
  • bookkeeper
  • cashier
  • finance manager
  • finance officer
  • financial planner
  • insurance advisor
  • investments advisor
  • property advisor
  • service accounts manager

Study and career pathways

There is more than one pathway to a successful career, and it may not always be in a straight line.

Our Counselling and Career Services will give you some idea of how the different qualifications fit together and what they mean in the industry.