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January, April, June, September

3 year(s) full-time


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10 - 15 hours per week per course

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Key features

  • UniSA is one of the largest leading providers of accounting and finance education in Australia and Asia.
  • Gain a foundation of accounting knowledge combined with business, taxation, auditing, law and finance.
  • Learn about the economic, legal and political influences that affect global business.
  • Build your professional network and gain valuable industry insights through the Business Career Mentor Program.
  • Accredited by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, CPA Australia, and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).
  • Course content is available from the start of the term, so you can control your own study timetable.
  • No need to come on campus, all assessments are 100% online.
  • The UniSA Business School is ranked in the top one per cent worldwide1 and awarded five-Stars in the QS Stars Business School Rankings 20172.

1 The UniSA Business School is one of 174 globally to be accredited by EQUIS. There are estimated 16,521 Business Schools worldwide, AACSB, May 2017. 2018 QS Stars Ratings.



Study on demand – a 100% online Commerce (Accounting) degree designed specifically for online learning. Take full control over your study - access support seven days a week, engage with course content from day one, view learning resources 24/7, and log into the interactive online environment anywhere, any time and on any device.

Ranked in the top one per cent worldwide1, we’re one of the largest leading providers of accounting and finance education in Australia and Asia.

This degree will develop your strong business knowledge, and skills in financial and management accounting, taxation, company law, and auditing. You’ll learn about the current economic, legal and political influences affecting global business.

You’ll graduate as a strong communicator, with important reporting, analytical, decision-making and problem solving skills, which will be invaluable to launch or advance your career.

1The UniSA Business School is one of 174 globally to be accredited by EQUIS. There are estimated 16,521 Business Schools worldwide, AACSB, May 2017.

Study Accounting on Demand

Dr Gerard Stone, Program Director: Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and Dr Ben Kehrwald, Academic Developer: UniSA Online give an insight into what the Accounting degree is about, and how the degree has been designed to suit busy adults on the go.

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Why Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)

Why this Degree

As a UniSA graduate, you can be confident this is a globally competitive degree respected internationally for its quality and relevance to industry. 

We work closely with industry and peak professional bodies to ensure that your studies are relevant and respected in the workplace.

As a graduate, you’ll be eligible for membership with CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, the global Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Association of International Accountants (AIA), and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

The Business Career Mentor Program helps you build your industry networks and your career. In 2016 we matched over 190 students with business mentors who gained valuable insight from business professionals. The six-month program is offered online and runs from March every year.

Our Centre for Sustainability Governance looks at the practicalities of sustainability from a business perspective, bringing together economists, accountants and finance specialists from a range of backgrounds.

Your career


Between now and 2020 the availability of accounting-related roles in Australia is expected to increase by:

  • 17.1 per cent (accountants, auditors and company secretaries)
  • 16.6 per cent (accountants)
  • 22.3 per cent (auditors, company secretaries and corporate treasurers)1

Careers to consider:

  • Practicing accountant: working for private sector, government or individuals; preparing tax returns; keeping accounting systems up-to-date; maintaining financial records; advising on business structures
  • Tax accountant and advisor: compiling company and other business tax returns, and individual tax returns; providing tax planning advice and strategies
  • Forensic accounting: working in a corporate or regulatory environment to investigate fraud and similar crimes; researching and preparing forensic reports for courts; providing expert evidence
  • Business advisor: working with new or established businesses; analysing business plans and financial statements; advising on investments, marketing, funding and financial trends; understanding consumer needs and how to improve profitability; problem solving with clients
  • Auditor/Risk consultant: ensuring financial and operational integrity and compliance; evaluating and reporting on financial, operational and managerial processes and systems; working on business process reviews and risk assessments
  • Insolvency and Reconstruction: working with and achieving the best possible results for stakeholders in cases of personal and business financial distress; administrations and liquidations; restructuring under performing businesses and turnarounds
  • Management accountant: assisting senior management make critical business decisions; preparing forecasts, budgets and risk analysis; advising managers about the financial implications of business decisions

1 Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

Professional accreditation

The program is accredited by CPA Australia and satisfies the educational requirements for entry into the CPA Program.

The program is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and recognised for maximum exemptions for an accelerated pathway into CIMA's professional qualification.

This program is recognised for maximum exemptions toward the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants' (ACCA) professional programs of study.

This program is recognised for maximum exemptions toward the Association of International Accountants' (AIA) professional examinations.

Study On Demand

Our online career-focused degrees give you full control and ultimate flexibility over your study. It’s Study On Demand, on your schedule, on your terms.

  • 100% online - no need to come onto campus
  • Four start dates in January, March, June and September
  • Learn in bite-sized 10-week blocks
  • 24/7 access to learning resources
  • Online student support services seven days a week
  • All content available from the start of your course
  • Flexible around your life
  • Plan your study schedule ahead of time
  • One minute online credit check

Why UniSA Online?

Student services

Our graduates get jobs

You will be studying with a university known for its employment outcomes. Your UniSA degree is more than just a piece of paper – it will prepare you to start your career, or take it to the next level. In fact, we’re ranked in the top ten in Australia for online students who find full time employment1.

Specifically designed for online learning

Our team of academic and online experts have created interactive and media-rich course material using innovative digital technology and state-of-the-art teaching and learning resources. Every degree has been specifically designed for online learning to ensure you graduate with the skills and knowledge for your future career.

Backed by industry

Every UniSA Online degree is overseen by an experienced industry advisory board. We've also consulted with industry experts with a wealth of experience to design course content that reflects the most cutting-edge developments in your field. Our industry connections will enrich your online study experience - you'll be presented with industry problems that real organisations face. You'll also gain the skills and knowledge that industry are telling us they need in graduates.

Expand your professional network from wherever you are

Online study doesn’t mean studying on your own. You’ll connect with a community of other like-minded students – you’ll be able to share, debate and collaborate ideas through virtual classrooms, online chat, video conferencing, and online communication tools.

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Student support

Student services

Studying can be challenging, especially when you’re also juggling work and other life commitments. You’re not studying 9-5, Monday to Friday, which is why we provide personalised, extended hour support services – including on weekends – so you can get help when you need it. 

Dedicated Student Adviser support to help with your studies

Every UniSA Online student will have have access to dedicated support by our Student Adviser team, who have specific knowledge about the degree you're enrolled in. It’s what makes the UniSA Online study experience unique from other online providers. You can be confident that by studying with UniSA Online, you’ll be supported by people who genuinely care about your success.

Online tutor support seven days a week

UniSA Online tutors are available to answer your questions seven days a week – even on week nights. Our tutors specialise in online teaching, and will provide highly personalised support tailored to your needs. They’ll provide guidance on your assignments, as well as provide advice on writing and referencing. If you’ve got a question related to your course, you can expect to receive a response in 24 hours.

24/7 tech support

You don’t need to be a tech expert to study online. Our IT Help Desk are on available 24/7 to provide assistance with your computer set up, connection to UniSA wireless, student email and other UniSA Apps and student applications. You’ll be able to get support via a range of channels including online enquiry, email and phone.

24/7 digital environment

Our interactive online environment is a one-stop-shop for all your study needs. You’ll be able to track your progress through the student dashboard, plan your study schedule, receive reminders on due dates for tasks and assessments, as well as collaborate and network with a community of other like-minded students.

Using innovative technology in online education, your study experience will be highly personalised based on your learning activities throughout your degree. Just like your own personal study coach, you’ll get tailored feedback to enhance your learning outcomes and ensure you’re successful in your studies.

Student services

What others are saying

"Online study was perfect for me. I set my own study times and listened to lectures at my own pace. Completing my degree has given me the confidence to make suggestions, implement changes and make important decisions along with the rest of my senior management team."

Jacqueline Lavis

Bachelor of Accounting


Jacqueline Lavis

Bachelor of Accounting

"Studying online gave me the flexibility I needed. I really enjoyed the collaborative learning. From the interactive classrooms through to working on group assignments via Skype, I always felt connected to other students sharing the same experience."

Julie Virgin

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)


Julie Virgin

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)

Recognised by a number of the world's most respected professional bodies, this degree will help you to prepare for a career in accounting and business. Throughout your online study, I encourage you to focus on developing skills that are sought after by employers and maximise any opportunities to build up your professional network.

Dr Gerard Stone

Program Director, Undergraduate Commerce (Accounting)


Dr Gerard Stone

Program Director, Undergraduate Commerce (Accounting)

Industry facts


Four in five Accountants have a university degree.1


Between now and 2020 employment for accountants, auditors and company secretaries in Australia is projected to increase by 17.1 per cent1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015 


The accounting services industry in Australia has grown steadily to 2017 via steady economic growth and increasing demand for industry-specific advisory services1.

1IBISWorld’s Accounting Services in Australia 2017

What you'll learn

What you Learn

You will start with core courses in business. These will give you a solid grounding in important areas including: 

  • accounting and quantitative methods for business  
  • business law, finance, business intelligence and data management
  • economics and marketing principles  

You’ll then move into your accounting specialisation, learning skills such as:

  • financial and management accounting
  • taxation and company law
  • auditing
  • sustainability accounting
  • global and contemporary accounting issues
  • strategic financial analysis

Study hours

Studying 100% online means you can engage with course materials at your own pace, whenever it suits you – there is no need to be online at a particular time. It’s flexible around your life so you can control your study schedule week by week. As a general rule, we recommend 10 to 15 hours of study a week for each course.

We have some great tools that will help you organise your study schedule. Your personalised learning planner allows you to keep on top of assessments and study workload while managing work and personal commitments.



All assessments, including exams (if required) are 100% online, meaning you’ll never need to travel to submit an assignment or find an exam venue.

Some of your assessments may include:

  • an industry-relevant project
  • an online presentation
  • essays and reports

What courses you'll study

Please note, courses may not be displayed in order of study.

Year 1
UO Business Law (LAWS 1019)
Year 2
, Note(s): 1,2
UO Business Finance (BANK 2010)
Year 3
UO Taxation Law 1 (ACCT 3016)
, Note(s): 1
, Note(s): 1
, Note(s): 1

IT Requirements

As a general rule of thumb, any desktop or laptop computer purchased in the past three years should be capable of meeting your online learning needs. While mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones will be able to access most of your online course content, there are likely to be elements of most courses where we recommend you use a desktop or laptop computer. Your computer should be able to:

  • run a modern browser (Internet Explorer 10, Firefox 24, Safari 5, or Chrome 32 or later versions)
  • run Java, and in some cases Flash (devices running on Apple's iOS operating system, such as iPads, iPhones, do not run Flash)
  • run programs to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations
  • use a web camera and headset (or ear pods with microphone)

Access free IT software and resources

As a UniSA Online student, you'll:

  • Get free access to the full Office 365 ProPlus suite, which includes full versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, Access and Lync software. Install the full suite on up to five different devices (PC and Mac compatible). 
  • Get 1Tb of personal storage that syncs with your PC or mobile device through OneDrive - it's like an extra hard drive that allows you to open any of your files from any of your devices, whenever you need them. 
  • Get free access to - Access more than 5000 video courses on a broad range of topics such as: the Microsoft Office suite, time management and study skills, health and wellbeing, communication and presentation skills, photography, film making and designing your own games or mobile apps.
  • Be able to connect with others using Skype for Business, Yammer and the Outlook Web App.

There are some degrees that have specialised software requirements. We've made this software available to students to access for free - you'll be able to download and install any of the required programs on your own device anywhere and anytime. See if your degree requires specialised software.

Check your device

Our computer system test will determine if your device has the base system resources and software required to study online. It'll also check the speed of your internet connection.

See if your computer, laptop or device is all set up and ready to go – it takes just a few seconds.

Online Course Facilitator

Throughout my accounting career I’ve had a strong interest in technology advancements and I believe the application of traditional teaching philosophies and standards within a dynamic and innovative learning environment is the future of education. My approach focuses on encouraging students to actively engage in activities to get the most out of their education, and also develop the valuable skills that are increasingly important in the online world and their career. 

Phoebe Lake

Online Course Facilitator

Portrait image for Phoebe Lake
Portrait image for Phoebe Lake

Phoebe Lake

Online Course Facilitator


How to apply

The application process is easy – just follow these simple steps:

  1. Check your eligibility
    Take our eligibility checker and answer a few short questions to see if you’re eligible. You’ll be given an option to request a call back, continue your application or save it for later.

  2. Receive your conditional offer
    Once you complete the eligibility checker, you’ll receive an email with your conditional offer to start studying with UnISA Online. It will have all the information you need to complete your application.

  3. Complete your application and send through your documents
    In order to proceed with your conditional offer, you’ll need to complete your application and provide required evidence of your previous study or work experience.

That’s it! Once you hit submit, your application will be assessed within three business days.

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