Solve numerical challenges and analyse data like a professional with our Diploma of Accounting and Finance offered at Swinburne Sarawak (Malaysia). Learn how to prepare tax returns, financial reports and statements with the confidence to work as a bookkeeper, accounts clerk or payroll officer. Upon completion, you can enter the workforce, continue to a bachelor's degree, or take external exams for further qualifications.   

This is a nationally approved vocational course that is recognised throughout Australia.

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Skills you’ll learn

  • Financial reporting
  • Preparing tax returns

Your career opportunities

  • Certified Accountant

Further education

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Professional accreditation 

The inclusion of the 7 Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) units equip and prepare students with necessary knowledge to enter the workforce. Students in Diploma of Accounting and Finance have the option to sit for an external paper to qualify for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Diploma in Accounting and Business (DIAB) and possibly further into CAT. Students completed the Diploma of Accounting and Finance can obtain a fast track pathway to earn the Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) designation, by completing:

  • 1 of the DIAB papers,
  • 2 of the 3 CAT Specialist papers,
  • the Foundations in Professionalism (FiP) online test, and
  • the Foundations Practical Experience Requirement (FPER) – one year experience.


Successful completion of an Australian Year 11 or international equivalent


Completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification (including Certificates IV (completed), Diplomas, Advanced Diplomas, Associate Degrees and Degrees).

Successful completion of Australian Year 12, or equivalent overseas qualification.

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Course prerequisites

Minimum entry requirements stipulated by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency:

A student must meet one of the 5 options below to meet the minimum entry requirements which are in accordance with the Malaysian education system and are stipulated by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) for Diploma level courses in the Accounting discipline:

  • A pass in SPM (or equivalent) with a minimum of 3 credits including Mathematics, and a pass in English; OR
  • A pass in Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) or its equivalent, with a minimum of Grade C (GP 2.0) in any subject, and credits in Mathematics and a pass in English at SPM level; OR
  • A pass in Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia (STAM) with a minimum grade of Maqbul (pass) and credits in Mathematics and a pass in English at SPM level; OR
  • A pass in SKM Level 3 in a related field and a pass in SPM with a minimum of 1 credit in any subject with credits in Mathematics and a pass in English; OR
  • Successful completion of an approved tertiary qualified Certificate award at Level 3 of the Malaysian Qualifications Framework.
Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course does not guarantee an offer of a place. See admission requirements for general information about the admission process.

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

  • IELTS overall band of 5.5 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 5.0
  • Swinburne’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP 4 Upper Intermediate level) with overall 65%, all skills 60%
  • TOEFL iBT (internet-based) minimum score of 65 with no band less than 15
  • Pearson (PTE) minimum score of 42 (no communicative skills less than 36)
  • or equivalent measures available at English language requirements.

Finding your fit

At Swinburne, we recognise that not one size fits all. If this course doesn’t meet all your study criteria, check out these alternatives.

Course structure

The Diploma of Accounting and Finance is a Higher Education Diploma offered at Swinburne Sarawak and the duration is typically 5 semesters/2.5 years of full-time study. The course structure requires the successful completion of 18 core units of study plus one Malaysian MoE Compliance units. The Diploma of Accounting and Finance is a Level 5 in the Australian Qualifications Framework. Admission to the program is normally based on secondary and/or tertiary academic results. This course can be undertaken full-time or part-time which includes lectures and tutorials.

Core units

Your units

Units of study Unit code
Core units
Management Information
Core unit
Fundamentals of Financial Transactions
Core unit
Managing Costs and Finance
Core unit
Maintaining Financial Records
Core unit
Advanced Management Accounting
Core unit
Financial Accounting
Core unit
Business for Accountants
Core unit
Acquiring Business Awareness
Core unit
English Proficiency
Core unit
Academic and Communication Skills A
Core unit
Innovation and Change
Core unit
Communicating in the Workplace
Core unit
Core unit
Principles of Economics
Core unit
Introductory Mathematics
Core unit
Business Data for Finance
Core unit
Information Technology
Core unit
Introduction to Business Information Systems
Core unit

2023 fees

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Skills first government-subsidised place

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. To qualify for a government-subsidised place, you must meet various eligibility criteria. The course you’ve applied for must also be offering government-subsidised places. Swinburne will determine your eligibility by conducting a full assessment of your eligibility during the course application process.

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How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your Swinburne fees in person, via credit card, BPAY, or at Australia Post. Check to see if loans and employer sponsored training are also available.

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International students need to pay tuition fees up-front by the relevant due date. You can find the due dates on your Statement of Account.

To pay your fees:

  • log in to My Financials
  • check your Australian bank account details are correct 
  • check your Statement of Account to see how much you owe 
  • pay using your preferred payment method.
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Eligibility for VET student loans (VSL)

If you apply for a VET Student Loan, Swinburne must first verify your identity. If you are eligible, we will provide your enrolment information to the government so you can complete the application within their eCAF system.

The VET Student Loan amount for this course is capped. You must start repaying this loan once you earn above the compulsory repayment threshold.

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Concessions rates for vocational students

If you’re enrolling in a Certificate IV-level program or below, are eligible for a government-subsidised training place and hold a valid concession card, you may be eligible for a concession of 80 per cent off the published fee of your unit(s) tuition – which means you’ll only be charged 20 per cent of the published fee.

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Student services and amenities fee

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

From 1 January 2024, all Diploma level and above courses will contribute to the Student Services and Amenities fee. Below is the capped amount for 2023 as a guide ahead of fees for 2024 being announced.

Please refer to the Student Services Amenities Fee page for more information.

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

This amenities fee is included within your annual tuition fee listed above. The fee shown in the capped amount for 2024.

Please refer to the Student Services Amenities Fee page for more information.

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Scholarship applications for 2024 are open. Scholarships at Swinburne are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. We want you to reach your potential and achieve your life and career goals. 

Our handy guide will assist you to gather documents for your application.

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When you apply for a Swinburne course, we automatically consider you for an international scholarship of up to 30 per cent off your course fees – no separate application required! Just apply for your Swinburne course of choice and when we review your course application, we will also assess you for an international scholarship.

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Most international students use an education agent to help them through the application process. Swinburne has agents all over the world that can help you with your application to study. Search for a Swinburne representative in your country. If your country is not listed, please contact us.

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