Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping - FNS40217

Swinburne University of Technology

This qualification reflects the job roles of workers in the accounting industry, including BAS Agents and contract bookkeepers; and of those employees performing bookkeeping tasks for organisations in a range of industries. It includes preparing and lodging business and instalment activity statements, and providing advice or dealing with the Commissioner on behalf of a taxpayer in relation to activity statements. Individuals in these roles apply theoretical and specialist knowledge and skills to work autonomously, and exercise judgement in completing routine and non-routine activities.

Course Fee:

Australian: $5,710
International: $9,540


13 units: 8 core; 5 elective

Subjects you can Study:

Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business; Write simple documents; Manage personal work priorities and professional development; Prepare operational budgets; Implement customer service standards; Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers; Process financial transactions and extract interim reports; Prepare financial reports to meet statutory requirements; Perform financial calculations; Produce job costing information; Process business tax requirements; Process salary packaging arrangements and additional allowances in payroll; Establish and maintain payroll systems; Interpret and apply knowledge of taxation systems relevant to payroll; Process complex employee terminations in payroll; Process superannuation payments in payroll; Plan small business finances; Deliver and monitor a service to customers; Develop and use complex spreadsheets; Make decisions in a legal context; Prepare financial forecasts and projections; Introduce cloud computing into business operations; Monitor and manage small business operations; Design and produce business documents; Maintain inventory records; Evaluate and authorise payment requests; Complete business activity and instalment activity statements; Prepare financial statements for non-reporting entities; Interpret and apply knowledge of industrial regulations relevant to payroll; Set up and operate a computerised accounting system; Work effectively in the accounting and bookkeeping industry; Prepare financial reports

Further information:

Individuals providing a business activity statement (BAS) service must be registered by the Tax Practitioners Board. Other conditions apply including a designated period of experience. Individuals seeking BAS agent registration should check current registration requirements with the Board as this is reviewed regularly.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00111D

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Wantirna No info Yes Full time 6 months
Hawthorn No info Yes Part time
Hawthorn No info Yes Full time 0.5 year
Croydon No info Yes Part time 1 year
Croydon No info Yes Full time 0.5 year
Swinburne Online No info Yes Part time 12 months
Swinburne Online No info Yes Full time 6 months
Wantirna No info Yes Part time 12 months

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