Financial planning



Choosing a major sequence in financial planning will provide you with the skills you need to attain your own personal financial goals and to develop the expertise to advise others in a professional capacity. Financial planners specialise in key financial areas, including retirement taxation, investment and estate planning. You will examine both the theoretical framework of financial planning, plus the practical application of the theories and strategies.

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Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)*, Warrnambool*, Cloud (online)

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Professional recognition

Graduates who complete the Financial Planning major sequence in the Bachelor of Commerce are eligible The Bachelor of Commerce (with a major in Financial Planning) is a course approved by the new financial planning standards body - the Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA).   Graduates who complete the Financial Planning major sequence in the Bachelor of Commerce will satisfy the education standards prescribed by FASEA to be able to provide financial advice in Australia and be eligible for entry into the certification programs of the professional financial planning associations - the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® Certification Program offered by the Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA) and the Fellow Chartered Financial Practitioner designation offered by the Association of Financial Advisers (AFA).

Career outcomes

Financial planners are innovative and lateral in their thinking, they are up to date with the latest changes and they are committed to providing sound, independent and ethical advice.

Explore units


  • Building Client Relationships MAA215 <
  • Financial Planning MAA255 ^
  • Superannuation Planning MAA317 ~
  • Advanced Financial Planning MAA318 >
  • Estate Planning and Insurance MAA319 #
  • Principles of Income Tax Law MLC301
  • Money and Capital Markets MAF202
  • Equities and Investment Analysis MAF307
  • Note:

    < This unit was previously coded MAF315

    ^ This unit was previously coded MAF255

    ~ This unit was previously coded MAF311

    > This unit was previously coded MAF312

    # This unit was previously coded MAF316

    (i) Financial planning students intending to undertake an Honours degree must complete the Finance major sequence.

    * Waterfront (Geelong) and Warrnambool students will be required to undertake one unit in Cloud (online) mode.

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