Accounting and finance are no doubt two of the most popular study options in Australia, all businesses, organizations, and governments need financial information in order to make decisions. According to Payscale’s research, senior accountant can make up to AU$75504, average salary for mortgage broker is AU$61,078 AND investment banker is AU$92,528. The amount of job offers allow graduates to switch between jobs to gain new experience and to find their true passion.

According to SEEK website, there are over 10,000 jobs available under accounting and banking & financial services, which indicates job growth for accounting and finance is as fast as other occupations. As accountant and auditor are added to the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List, accounting graduates still have a stable permanent residency pathway.

Why study accounting and finance in Australia?

1. There are many CPA accredited courses to choose from.

Australian universities are well known of their teaching quality, their qualifications are recognised worldwide. According to QS Ranking 2021 accounting and finance discipline, there are 10 universities listed among the world’s top 100

2. No specific background needed.

If you are high schooler, you can either start with a Diploma and study your way into Bachelor, or you can use high school examination results to apply bachelor.

If you are a Bachelor graduate, Accounting and Finance master degrees are often require no background, just simply ask us

3. Australian universities will normally have 2 or 3 intakes each year which makes it more flexible for international students to commence their program based on their individual situation.

4. By studying 2 years or more in a higher education accounting or finance degree, students will be eligible for a 2-4-year Post Study Working Visa. Graduates can utilize these visa opportunities to get more work experience. For accounting students, they can also use this working visa to prepare for their future migration options.

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1.The University of Queensland

Bachelor of Commerce

  • Course duration: 3 years
  • Tuition fee: $43200/year
  • Master of Commerce
  • Course duration: 1.5 – 2 years
  • Tuition fee: $45248/year

2. The University of New South Wales

Bachelor of Commerce

  • Course duration: 3 years
  • Tuition fee: $44880/year

Master of Commerce/Master of Commerce (Extension)

  • Course duration: 1.7 – 2 years
  • Tuition fee: $48240/year

Master of Professional Accounting/Master of Professional Accounting (Extension)

  • Course duration: 1.7 – 2 years
  • Tuition fee: $48240/year

3. University of Adelaide (More program options available)

Bachelor of Finance

  • Course duration: 3 years
  • Tuition fee: $44500/year

Bachelor of Commerce

  • Course duration: 3 years
  • Tuition fee: $44500/year

Master of Accounting and Finance

  • Course duration: 2 years
  • Tuition fee: $47500/year

4.Kaplan Business School Australia

Master of Accounting

  • Course duration: 2 years
  • Tuition fee: $21,600/year

Bachelor of Business (Accounting)

  • Course duration: 3 years
  • Tuition fee: $18,000/year

Accounting PR pathway

To be eligible for any Australian skilled migration visa, students need to achieve a relevant skill assessment first. There are several key points for candidates to pursue accounting skill assessment:

  1. For full (permanent) skills assessment: Australian bachelor’s degree or 12 units Australian master’s degree or an overseas tertiary and/or professional membership qualification comparable to at least the level of an Australian bachelor’s degree (AQF level 7 or higher)
  2. English Language Requirement:

IELTS: Minimum scores for each of the components to be achieved to meet the English language requirement


Listening Reading Writing Speaking
Provisional skills assessment IELTS General or Academic 6 6 6 6
Full (permanent) skills assessment IELTS Academic 7 7 7 7

PTE: Minimum scores for each of the components to be achieved to meet the English language requirement


Listening Reading Writing Speaking
Provisional skills assessment PTE Academic 50 50 50 50
Full (permanent) skills assessment PTE Academic 65 65 65 65

Accounting Professional Year Program (Accounting PYP)

Tip: if graduates have completed Accounting PYP, they no longer need to provide IELTS all 7/PTE all 65 English proficiency evidence for full skill assessment.

The Accounting Professional Year Program is approved by the Department of Home Affairs. It is available to overseas students who have an Australian accounting degree qualification as a result of at least two years’ study in Australia.
Accounting PYP
Full (permanent) skills assessment (completion certificate and academic transcript)

Visa options:

1. Skilled independent (189)
Eligible occupations:
Accountant (general) – 221111
External auditor – 221213
Management accountant – 221112
Taxation accountant – 221113
They are ALL currently on priority list.
The invitation of this visa will be made based on candidate’s point test result and the general needs of the occupation throughout the nation.


2.State nomination (190/491)

Eligible occupations: all the occupations above in 189 category plus Finance Manager (132211) which is on the short-term list.
Requirements for these 2 visa categories are difference in each state or territory in Australia.
Please contact our Registered Migration Agents for detailed counselling!


3.Employer nomination (186/482/494)

Candidates with relevant accounting qualifications, appropriate length of work experience and an eligible employer can consider this visa option. Visa options in this category require work experience in nominated occupation (at least 2-3 years).

Future possible careers:

  • Accountant
  • Auditor
  • Banking and Finance Professional
  • Business Analyst
  • Financial Project Manager
  • Investment Manager
  • Risk Manager
  • Stockbroker