Course summary

The Bachelor of Accounting has been developed to provide graduates with the ability to identify, critically analyse and exercise professional judgement for challenges that face all organisations in today’s highly dynamic business environment using social, sustainable, ethical, economic, regulatory and global perspectives.

This degree is designed to produce work-ready graduates for a wide range of career opportunities, including being an accountant. It gives graduates the opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge to meet the rapidly changing nature of professional roles in accounting and in the banking and finance sector.

Accountants are critical to every type of organisation – public, private, government, business and not-for-profit. As finance professionals, accountants are relied on to solve business problems and communicate relevant information in diverse environments.

The course includes core units in taxation, financial services, law, marketing and communication with elective units in advanced taxation, human resources, competitive strategy, business environment and law.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Exercise critical thinking and judgement under supervision in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence to provide possible solutions to routine business problems in straightforward contexts.


Critically apply integrated theoretical and technical accounting knowledge and skills to provide possible solutions to routine business issues.

Ethical practice

Demonstrate exercising judgement under supervision to solve routine business problems in straightforward contexts and professional situations using social, sustainable, ethical, economic, regulatory and global perspectives.

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate a broad coherent, theoretical and technical knowledge of the accounting discipline and a deeper knowledge in a chosen field speciality area of tax, financial services or business advisory services.

Lifelong learning

Reflect on, assess and regulate their own learning capabilities and performance feedback to identify action learning opportunities and self-improvements with personal autonomy. Locate, analyse, evaluate, and use information from a range of sources.

Communication and social skills

Justify and communicate clear, coherent and independent business advice and ideas in straightforward contexts to influence specialists and non-specialists. Contribute expertise in collaboration with others and in a team to provide possible solutions to routine business problems in a straightforward context.

Cultural competence

Demonstrate an understanding of Indigenous Australian contemporary realities and protocols and cultural competence in local, Australia-wide and/or global settings.

Southern Cross University is fully accredited with the following professional bodies: 
  • Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) 
  • CPA Australia 
  • Institute of Public Accountants (IPA). 
This accreditation will enable graduates to enrol in CAANZ, CPA Australia and the IPA postgraduate programs. 
Subject to the choice of specific units, this degree fulfils the educational requirements for:
  • Registration as a BAS Agent and a Tax Agent by the Tax Practitioners Board
  • Financial advisers as determined by Australian Securities and Investments Commission Regulatory Guide 146 (RG146 Registration).

Course overview

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Domestic duration

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

International duration

3 years full-time

Availability details


Location Session UAC code QTAC code
Gold Coast 1 332162 052461
Lismore 1 332103 052211
Online 1 N/A N/A

Domestic fees

Commonwealth supported


Location Session Annual Fees CRICOS
Gold Coast 1 $24,000 ($3,000 per unit) 092940E
Lismore 1 $24,000 ($3,000 per unit) 092940E

Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

To be awarded the Bachelor of Accounting students must successfully complete 24 units (288 credit points) comprising:

  1. 22 core units
  2. 2 elective units

Exit Award

Students can exit with the Diploma of Accounting if 96 credit points have been successfully completed comprising any 8 units from the Bachelor of Accounting.

Schedule of units

Title Level of learning Note

Core Units

ACC00130 - Auditing Advanced
ACC00132 - Taxation Advanced Note 1 Note 1
ACC00145 - Financial Reporting Advanced
ACC00146 - Management Accounting Advanced
ACC00151 - Financial Accounting Intermediate
ACC00152 - Business Finance Advanced Note 2 Note 2
ACC73001 - Advanced Management Accounting Advanced
ACC73002 - Business Analytics and Big Data Advanced
COM00207 - Communication in Organisations Introductory
ECO10250 - Economics for Decision Making Introductory Note 2 Note 2
LAW00004 - Company Law Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
LAW00150 - Introduction to Business Law Introductory Note 1 Note 1
LAW01125 - Stock Exchange and Finance Law Intermediate Note 2 Note 2
MAT10251 - Statistical Analysis Intermediate
MKT00075 - Marketing Principles Introductory
MNG00314 - Entrepreneurship and Innovation Advanced
MNG10247 - Managing Organisations Introductory
SOC10236 - Applied Ethics and Sustainability Intermediate
CMP71001 - Cybersecurity Introductory
FIN10252 - Financial Planning Advanced
FIN10711 - Portfolio Management Advanced
FIN10712 - Financial Risk Management Advanced


Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment


Note 1: In order to meet the educational requirements for the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) Registration as a Tax Agent, students must complete the following units: LAW00150, LAW00004, ACC00132, ACC00134 PLUS either LAW00052 OR LAW00126
Note 2: This unit is mandatory for ASIC’s Regulatory Guide 146 generic and/or specialist knowledge requirements for financial advisers (RG146 Registration)
Note 3: If this unit is not available in Session 1, students can take it in Session 2 OR contact Student Services for a substitute unit.