Financial planning


Whether you’re aspiring to join or are currently employed in the industry, our range of financial planning courses will give you the knowledge and skills to meet the training and ethical standards required of all financial advisers.

Trying to make sense of FASEA’s new education requirements for financial advisers? Get expert advice on your next move.

Career opportunities

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

  • financial adviser
  • insurance adviser
  • business development manager
  • superannuation consultant
  • portfolio analyst
  • personal financial planner
  • investment banker
  • paraplanner
  • claims administrator
  • compliance manager
  • risk adviser.

*2018 Student Experience Survey


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

Discover your pathway to becoming an adviser

Whether you're practising as a financial adviser or you're just starting out, it's important to understand how the new FASEA education requirements impact you. Deakin's FASEA approved courses can help you become compliant, taking into consideration your previous education and professional experience.

Every financial adviser must have completed their studies by January 2026. Don't risk missing the cut-off date – visit our easy-to-use adviser education pathway tool and discover exactly how you can become FASEA-compliant today.

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An industry leading course

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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Our team of student advisers can walk you through the next steps to studying financial planning and the many different pathways into Deakin.

Can't wait to get started? Either talk with us now via live chat or book in a one-on-one phone conversation at a time that suits you.

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Deakin Webinar Series: Financial planning – Ethics and the ageing Australian population.

Learn how to provide ethical advice to the ageing population of Australia. This webinar explores capacity evaluation, cognition and implementing supported decision-making and, in particular, the role played by impaired cognition on financial decision-making.


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

The Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning is one of the first three graduate diplomas in Australia to have received Financial Planning Education Council (FPEC) accreditation.

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.

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If you're dreaming of an exciting and rewarding career in financial planning , we'll help get you there.

The growing demand for financial advisers

Looking for a career that provides you with the opportunity to help people achieve their dreams? Discover why now is the time to study financial planning.

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Research with us

Bring real, practical value to your business or place of employment by specialising through research.

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