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Career outcomes

Our accounting and finance graduates have pursued careers as:

  • accountants
  • bookkeepers
  • tax agents
  • stockbrokers
  • credit controllers
  • business advisors
  • corporate financiers
  • compliance managers
  • accountant auditors
  • budget managers
  • operations managers
  • chief financial officers
  • financial advisers
  • financial planners
  • investment analysts
  • financial assurance managers
  • business development managers
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About accounting

Learn to communicate through numbers. An essential part of all economic activity, accounting is the method of evaluating and reporting the financial health of businesses and individuals. You’ll learn to analyse, research and make informed recommendations about a broad range of accounting problems and issues. You’ll also become proficient in internationally-recognised principles, practices and techniques and apply them to a variety of situations, and you’ll prepare for a rewarding career as a chartered accountant, tax professional, business advisor or manager.

Be in demand, always

In both good times and bad, the demand for qualified accountants remains. Choose accounting and you’ll be given the skills, knowledge and accreditations you need to embark on a career that can provide value to almost any kind of organisation or business – regardless of whether the wider economic outlook is a boom, bust, bull market, or recession.

Professional recognition

Accounting graduates at bachelors and masters level may be eligible for membership with a range of professional accounting bodies, including CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and the Institute of Public Accountants.

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Pair accounting with finance

Stand out by studying our Bachelor of Accounting and Finance. You’ll get a named degree that prepares you to enter the accounting and finance sectors. It also instantly communicates to employers and recruiters your knowledge and skills, giving you a competitive edge in the workforce. Consider taking your knowledge to the next level after graduation with postgraduate study at ACU, such as the Master of Finance or Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Pathways to accounting

There are many ways to choose your accounting path. You can major in accounting as part of our commerce degree or if you prefer to specialise, you can choose our Bachelor of Accounting and Finance. Want a career move? If you have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline and want to advance to a career in accounting, you can gain accounting qualifications through our fully accredited Master of Professional Accounting.

Meet our students and staff

Student profile Nathan Lankasara

Nathan Lankansara

Bachelor of Accounting and Finance

"ACU has a smaller community than my previous university, where you are very easily lost in the crowd. I believe there is a greater appreciation for student contributions at ACU.

"Several of my friends had studied at ACU and only had positive feedback about their course structure, staff members and community life in general. It was also the first year that the university was running the Accounting and Finance course which was exactly what I was interested in.

"ACU offers an excellent learning environment, but it’s also the students’ responsibility to choose a course that they are passionate about and work hard towards. University will only be as successful and enjoyable as you make it."

Staff profile Dr Pandula Gamage

Dr Pandula Gamage

Senior Lecturer, Peter Faber Business School

Dr Pandula Gamage is a Senior Lecturer in Accounting in the Peter Faber Business School Melbourne. Pandula has extensive national and international experience teaching undergraduate and postgraduate subjects. Pandula's considerable personal success in teaching was formally acknowledged in 2014 with the award of "Pearson/AFAANZ Accounting Educator of the year: Australia and New Zealand."

Apart from his excellence in classroom teaching, Pandula also engages in high-impact research. His research interests include performance management, corporate accountability and auditing, public sector accounting and accounting education. He has also recently published scholarly articles in prestigious journals such as Public Money and Management and Australian Journal of Public Administration. He has also received research grants linked with national professional accounting and finance associations.

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