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Start Date
January, April, June, September

3 year(s) full-time


Time Commitment
10 - 15 hours per week per course

Program Code

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Full-time or part-time

AUD$ 25,500 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2024

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
  • IELTS speaking [6.0]
  • IELTS listening [6.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

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Degree overview

  • UniSA is one of the largest leading providers of accounting and finance education in Australia and Asia.

  • Build a strong foundation of accounting knowledge and develop skills in business, taxation, auditing, law, finance and sustainability.

  • Focus on the economic, legal and political influences that affect global business.

  • Explore the latest developments and current issues in the accounting profession.

  • Understand how business intelligence and analytics can be used to solve organisational problems.

  • UniSA Business is in the top 1% worldwide and awarded five stars.1

  • Study a degree informed by world-class research in finance and accounting.2

1UniSA Business is one of just 13 institutions in Australia and approximately 200 globally (from over 25,000 universities) to be EQUIS accredited. EFMD, March 2024. 2023 QS Stars Business School Ratings.
Results in Accounting and Banking – 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).



Study On Demand – a 100% online Accounting degree designed specifically for online learning. Take full control over your study – access support seven days a week, plan your study to fit around your life, view learning resources 24/7, and log into the interactive online environment anywhere, any time and on any device.

Ranked in the top 1% worldwide1, UniSA Business is 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.

1UniSA Business is one of just 13 institutions in Australia and approximately 200 globally (from over 25,000 universities) to be EQUIS accredited. EFMD, March 2024.

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.

Learn more about what qualifications accountants need >

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.



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.

Degree structure

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

First year
, Note(s): 3
UO Business and Society (BUSS 1067) , Note(s): 3
, Note(s): 1,3
UO Business Law (LAWS 1019)
Second year
UO Career Development in Business (BUSS 1066) , Note(s): 3
UO Business Finance (BANK 2010)
UO Management and Organisation (BUSS 2081) , Note(s): 3
Third year
UO Taxation Law 1 (ACCT 3016)
, Note(s): 3
, Note(s): 1,3
, Note(s): 1,3

Study Accounting on demand

Program Director Scott Copeland gives an insight into what you can expect from the Bachelor of Accounting, and how the degree has been designed to prepare you for a fast-paced career in finance.

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Why Bachelor of 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).

As a UniSA Business student, you'll be eligible to join the Business Career Mentor Program (BCMP), an initiative designed to provide students and recent graduates with networking opportunities and career mentorship. You'll be paired with an experienced industry mentor to support your career development and transition after graduation, and be invited to professional development workshops and networking events.

UniSA Business is the only business school in South Australia accredited by both AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and EFMD (EQUIS) – the world’s leading accreditation bodies recognising excellence in business education and research at a global level. These dual accreditations demonstrate the high standards we hold across all areas such as teaching, student learning and research, as well as our commitment to continually improving the quality of our programs.

Career outcomes


Your career

From corporate accounting to government and not-for-profit – there are a variety of career paths available, across all industries. Depending on your interests, you can also choose to specialise in tax, healthcare and environmental accounting. Accounting can also serve as a launching pad for careers in business, consulting, law, education, government, and small-to-medium businesses.

To become a fully qualified accountant, you need to be qualified as a Chartered Accountant (CA) or Certified Practising Accounting (CPA). UniSA Online graduates will be eligible to undertake the CA or CPA program. While you can commence working in an accounting role with an undergraduate degree, professionals with a CA or CPA qualification are highly regarded by employers.

A UniSA Online accounting degree can help you pursue the following careers:

  • Auditor/risk consultant: ensure financial and operational integrity and compliance; evaluate and report on financial, operational and managerial processes and systems; and work on business process reviews and risk assessments.
  • Business adviser: work with new or established businesses; analyse business plans and financial statements; advise on investments, marketing, funding and financial trends; and understand consumer needs to meet business objectives and improve profitability.
  • Forensic accounting: work in a corporate or regulatory environment to investigate fraud and similar crimes; provide expert evidence, and prepare forensic reports for courts.
  • Insolvency and reconstruction adviser: work with stakeholders in cases of personal and business financial distress; administrations and liquidations; and restructure under-performing businesses and turnarounds.
  • Management accountant: assist senior management make critical business decisions; prepare forecasts, budgets and risk analysis; and advise managers about the financial implications of business decisions.
  • Practising accountant: work for the private sector, government or individuals; prepare tax returns; keep accounting systems up-to-date; maintain financial records, and advise on business structures.
  • Tax accountant and adviser: compile business and individual tax returns, and provide tax planning advice and strategies.

Learn more about your career in Accounting >

Industry facts


Four in five Accountants have a university degree.1


Employment for auditors, company secretaries and corporate treasurers in Australia is projected to increase by 2,700 (or 10.6 per cent) by May 20241.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019 


Between now and 2024 employment for accountants, auditors and company secretaries in Australia is projected to increase by 9.3 per cent1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

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Your study experience and support

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.

  • Designed specifically for your online learning
    Designed by a team of academic and online experts, our course materials are delivered in an interactive way using innovative digital technology and state-of-the-art teaching and learning resources.
  • Study when it suits you
    Our online degrees support students who lead busy lifestyles. With four start dates a year in January, March, July and September there is no need to interrupt your life.
  • Take control of your study schedule
    With all content available from day one of your course, you have the power to plan your study schedule in advance. 
  • Finish each course in 10 weeks
    Our courses are delivered within 10-week terms to keep you motivated throughout your degree. Study two courses a term or just one.
  • 100% online study
    You won’t need to come onto campus for coursework, assessments or exams. Complete all study for your degree where it suits you.
  • Get the help you need
    Whether you need help with course content or assessments, we offer the academic support and services you need to be successful in your studies.
  • Adjust your study to your life
    There’s no need to interrupt work and family life or spend money on travel and student accommodation. Organise study around your life.
  • Learn from world-renowned academics
    Get a degree that’s designed and taught by leading academics and industry professionals.
  • 100% online interactive learning environment
    Our interactive online learning environment supports all your study needs. Log in anytime, on any device, wherever it suits you.
  • Access a library of over 700,000 digital resources
    Access a library of more than 700,000 digital resources including e-books, videos and journal articles. Our Ask the Library virtual service can help you locate, access, evaluate, use and reference a range of information resources.

Why UniSA Online?

Student services

Our graduates get jobs

UniSA is ranked as the number one university in Australia for graduate employability.1 Join a university known for its employment outcomes. Your UniSA Online degree is more than just a piece of paper – it will prepare you to start your career or take it to the next level.

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.

1 QILT Employer Satisfaction Survey, 2020-22 – Employability Skills Indicator. Public universities.

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

Our Student Advisers will be an important part of your student journey – they’ll help you enrol, discuss your study goals, communication preferences, and will be your first point of call for all your general study questions. They’ll link you to an extensive range of support services and resources across the University and will help schedule appointments with specialised services if required.

Online academic support seven days a week

You’ll be supported by our highly experienced academic team of Online Course Facilitators and Online Tutors. Our academics will guide you through your learning and ensure you have an outstanding, high-quality education.

They can help you with your course materials and assessments, provide feedback on your work, assist you with referencing as well as answer any other course-specific queries. You’ll be able to contact your academics via email, online discussion forums and live messages in the online learning environment. You can also communicate in real-time and chat face-to-face with your academics online.

24/7 tech support

Our IT Help Desk is available 24/7 to provide assistance with your computer set up, student email, software requirements and other UniSA apps and student applications. You’ll be able to get support no matter what time it is.

24/7 digital environment

Our interactive online environment supports 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

IT Requirements

Generally, 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 (Microsoft Edge, Firefox 24, Safari 5, or Chrome 32 or later versions)
  • run Java
  • run programs to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations
  • use a web camera and headset (or ear pods with microphone)
  • Some UniSA Online degrees require an online exam. The online exam software – Remote Proctor Now – has specific capability requirements. Please refer to the system requirements prior to conducting your exam to ensure your computer is compatible.

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 LinkedIn Learning - 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 Microsoft Teams, 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.

How to apply

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

  1. Submit an online enquiry

    If you're ready to apply, the first step is to fill out and submit our online enquiry form. Here you'll be asked a series of questions to see if you're eligible. Following your online enquiry, one of our Degree Advisers will contact you at your preferred time to discuss the application process.

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  2. Speak to a Degree Adviser and start your application

    If you're eligible, you'll receive an email outlining the entry requirements and the relevant documentation you need in order to be considered.

    In order to verify your academic qualifications, you'll need to upload relevant documents like your official parchment, certificates or transcripts. If you have work experience, you will need to upload your CV as well as any other documents like work references, professional recognition or accreditation or your training certification.

    Your email will contain information on the specific documents you need to provide as well as a link to begin your application. You'll be asked to create an account and set your own password.

  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.

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Online Course Facilitators

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

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Dr Gerard Stone

Program Director


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 developing the valuable skills that are increasingly important in the online world and their career. 

Phoebe Lake

Online Course Facilitator

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Portrait image for Phoebe Lake

Phoebe Lake

Online Course Facilitator


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