Financial planning


The new Professional standards for financial advisors are now law. Start your pathway to accreditation with Deakin Business School’s range of financial planning postgraduate courses. Experienced practitioners, who may lack formal tertiary qualifications, can use their professional working experience for entry into our courses. 

Deakin Business School also offers a range of undergraduate programs for students who may be new to the profession and aspiring to a career in financial planning. 

No matter at what stage you are in your career, Deakin has a course in financial planning to suit your needs.

Deakin's Department of Accounting has developed great rapport with both local and nationwide firms.

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Deakin Business School has firmly established its reputation as an industry leader in financial planning education, with students winning at the AMP University Challenge in both 2015 and 2016.

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The Australian Government’s proposed legislative changes will affect the education, training and ethical standards required of financial advisers both new and existing.

Under the proposed legislation, new financial advisers will be required to complete a degree, undertake a professional year and pass an exam.

Find out how Deakin can help you get there sooner, no matter which stage of your career you are in:

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Get professional recognition as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® through the CFP® Certification Program, which is offered by the Financial Planning Association of Australia.

The Master of Financial Planning also provides advanced standing for three of the five CFP® certification subjects, namely CFP 2, CFP 3 and CFP 4.

Deakin Business School (DBS) is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Only five per cent of business programs worldwide are AACSB accredited and DBS is one of only three in Victoria.

Career opportunities

As a financial planning graduate, you could find employment in:

  • accounting firms
  • corporate financial institutions
  • financial planning firms.

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