Diploma in Business

Course information for - 2024 entry

Offered at 3 locations

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time
Overall score: 6.0 Individual score of 5.5 in all tests
Fees (first year)*
Start dates
July 2024, February 2025, July 2025, February 2026, July 2026


The Diploma in Business is an important stepping-stone to achieve your career and study goals. Students who undertake this diploma will be able to gain credit for up to the first year of study and articulate into the second year of many of the bachelor's degrees in business at ACU or exit with the Diploma in Business as a standalone qualification.

Not only does our Diploma in Business have lower entry requirements than our bachelor's degrees, but it will help you to develop skills needed to succeed in more advanced tertiary study.

Our Diploma in Business provides domestic students with a Commonwealth supported place (CSP-funded) and will help you achieve your goals.

We are here to support you from start to finish whether you have just finished Year 12 or finished years ago. We ensure smaller class sizes, offer tailored support as you transition to university study, and provide a range of student services to help you succeed.

Our Diploma in Business will be offered at our Townsville Leadership Centre from 2024. This is a great option for those who wish to build their capabilities and gain a qualification. The Diploma in Business is a flexible offering for those who want to prepare for the future workforce, including (Student) Veterans and their families, but also for those who still want to continue serving in the AD

Student enrolling in professional terms can only study at the Township Leadership Centre. 

Note: Student Veterans must enroll in the professional terms only. 

Students completing the Diploma at Ballarat campus would transfer to their business Bachelor program at the Melbourne campus.

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Course details

Course structure

Course map

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Commencing Semester 1

  • Specified UnitsBUSD104Money Matters10 cp
  • Specified UnitsBUSD112Managing Markets10 cp
  • Specified UnitsBUSD113Managing People and Organisations10 cp
  • Specified UnitsDPBI100Academic Literacy in Business and Information Technology10 cp
  • Specified UnitsECOD200Economics: Policy Frameworks and Markets10 cp
  • Specified UnitsMKTD207Marketing Toolkit10 cp
  • Specified UnitsHRMD204Organisational Behaviour10 cp
  • Specified UnitsITED100Information Technology in Action10 cp

Commencing Semester 2

All units are delivered in multi-mode.

Commencing Professional Terms

Graduate statement


As an ACU graduate you have personal insight founded on an understanding of who you are as a professional, a citizen and a scholar. You embrace change and growth through critical self-awareness and learning autonomy. You are empowered to seek truth and meaning, drawing on the principles of justice, equity, and the dignity of all human beings.


As an ACU graduate you value human dignity and diversity. This appreciation is founded on deep reflection, and empathy. You have experience of Indigenous Knowings and perspectives and can engage respectfully when working alongside Australia's First Peoples. You can connect with people and cultures and work with community in ways that recognise the dignity of the human person and all cultures


As an ACU graduate you utilise imagination and innovation to solve problems. You critically analyse information from a range of sources to creatively solve practical problems and use critical thinking to make decisions and advance the common good. You appreciate the role of innovation and creative thinking in developing a better future for each person and community.


As an ACU graduate you recognise your responsibility to work for social justice and a sustainable world founded on a commitment to human dignity and the common good. You lead change through respectful collaboration and effective communication of ideas to diverse peoples, groups and communities in local and global contexts. You are empowered to positively impact your profession and the community.

AQF framework

Diploma - AQF Level 5

Exit Points


Entry requirements

International applicants

If you’re an international applicant you’ll need the equivalent of an Australian Year 12 Certificate.

Find the equivalent qualification for your country

You’ll also need to comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy, including the English Language Proficiency requirements.

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If you’re an international student completing one of the following qualifications, you will need to apply for admission through your local Tertiary Admission Centre (TAC) and be assessed on your performance in these studies (i.e. your ATAR or equivalent):

  • an Australian Year 12 qualification (either outside or in Australia)
  • an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
  • a New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3.

Find out further information on TAC admission

English language requirements

International applicants need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.  

The entry requirements are as follows: 

Academic IELTS; or IELTS indicator online test

Overall score: 6.0 Individual score of 5.5 in all test

PTE Academic

50 with a minimum of 42 in all four communicative skill


Internet based score of 60 with: minimum 18 in writing, 8 in reading, 16 in speaking and 7 in listenin


Overall CAE score 176, Minimum score of 169 in all test

ACU English Language test; or ACU EA

C (60-62%)

Adjustment factors

If you’re currently completing Year 12 you may be eligible for adjustment factors that can boost your rank and help you get into your desired course.

Adjustment factors may be applied to your TAC application if you study particular subjects, attend schools geographically close to our campuses or in certain regional areas, apply as an elite athlete or performer or meet certain other criteria.

Learn more about adjustment factors

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you


Pathways into course for international applicants

International students who are enrolled in an English language course may be eligible for a pathway into the Diploma in Business on successful completion of the course.

Further study

Students who complete the Diploma in Business may apply for entry into the Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Business Administration. Credit will be given for units completed in the diploma program. It may also provide a pathway to a range of double degrees.


Course costs

  • Unit fee: $3708
  • Average first year fee: $29664
  • Estimate total cost: $29664

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support.

Explore your options


You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.

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How to apply

International applicants

Direct application

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Staff Profile

Dr Wendy James

Associate Professor, Peter Faber Business School

Dr Wendy James is a fully Certified Management Accountant (CMA) as well as a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) and a Chartered Accountant (CA). Dr James was the National Head of the Accounting Discipline at the Australian Catholic University (ACU) and has been at a number of universities including Charles Darwin University (CDU) and before that Torrens University Australia (TUA), part of the international Laureate group of universities. Dr James has also spent time with the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia where she was a senior lecturer with Open Universities Australia. 

Dr Victoria Obeng

Lecturer, Peter Faber Business School

Dr Obeng is a lecturer with Peter Faber Business School. She has worked in industry as teaching consultant for finance and a board member of a finance company. She has teaching experiences from different parts of the world. She has taught in Latrobe University, University of Ghana, and Ghana Technology University College in the areas of financial accounting, auditing and management accounting. Her research interests include corporate governance, board diversity, earnings management, corporate financial reporting and disclosure and the accounting regulatory environment. She has published several research papers in her early academic career and refereed journal articles in her research areas. She is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana.


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