Financial planning single units

Want to thrive in Australia’s evolving financial planning industry? Upskill with our single units – a fast and flexible way to futureproof your career in financial planning.

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Our financial planning single units can help you satisfy the Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority's (FASEA) new education standards for financial advisers. On top of that, you’ll be enhancing your CV with skills employers are looking for, while connecting with bright minds in financial planning from all over Australia.

If you’re an existing adviser with an approved degree, you’ll need to complete one unit covering FASEA’s Code of Ethics by 2026. If you’re an existing adviser with a relevant degree in a related field of study, you’ll need to complete three bridging courses (equivalent to a Deakin unit), plus one FASEA-approved unit. Unsure about your pathway to becoming compliant? We can help.

Single units available for study

  • Ethics for Financial Services

    Single unit

    An essential unit for all financial planners under FASEA’s new education guidelines. Learn to navigate ethical issues in the workplace and apply ethical principles in your decision-making. Equivalent to the FASEA Code of Ethics and Code Monitoring Bodies bridging unit.

  • Financial Advice Regulation

    Single unit

    Learn about financial advice regulation in Australia, including the work of key bodies like ASIC and APRA. Explore financial crises, financial services and the reforms shaping the industry. Equivalent to the Financial Advice Regulatory and Legal Obligations bridging unit.

  • Financial Behaviour and Decision Making

    Single unit

    Build the technical and professional skills to better understand your clients’ needs and anticipate issues they might not have considered. Equivalent to the Behavioural Finance: Client and Consumer Behaviour, Engagement and Decision Making bridging unit.

  • Financial Planning Development

    Single unit

    Get an introduction to the financial planning process and learn how to develop a financial plan. The unit considers issues relating to risk management, estate planning and salary packaging. Equivalent to one FASEA Financial Advice Capstone Subject.

While it can be intimidating to go back to study, many find it stimulating and refreshing. Mature-age students established in their careers often find they reconnect with the original passion that propelled them into the field.

Marc Olynyk

Course Director, Financial Planning

Intensive single units

Deakin's three-day intensive programs are designed to provide you with essential knowledge for your financial planning career. Immerse yourself in a flexible learning environment with leading academics and industry experts, and build your professional networks.

  • All of our single-unit intensive programs are FASEA approved, and study of intensive programs will contribute to Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
  • Each program involves applying principles to case-studies in a supportive and informal format.
  • Readings and learning activities leading up to the program mean you can apply your knowledge as soon as you arrive.
  • No exams are required as part of the intensives.
  • Financial Advice Regulation (Intensive)

    Single unit

    Equivalent to the Financial Advice Regulatory & Legal Obligations FASEA bridging unit.

  • Ethics for Financial Services (Intensive)

    Single unit

    Equivalent to The FASEA Code of Ethics and Code Monitoring Bodies FASEA bridging unit.

  • Financial Behaviour and Decision Making (Intensive)

    Single unit

    Equivalent to the Behavioural Finance: Client and Consumer Behaviour, Engagement and Decision Making FASEA bridging unit.

Program details

Fees (domestic students)

Award (studying within a course)


Non-award (studying a single unit)


B2B partners are eligible for a unit fee discount. You can contact our team for more information on opportunities to partner with Deakin.


Intensives in 2021 will be held online via Zoom, unless otherwise noted. Please note we have a dedicated team to help you with Zoom and other IT matters.

MA1769 in December will be held at Deakin Downtown in the Melbourne CBD.


Intensives generally run Wednesday to Friday from 8am–5pm.

Please note that MAI728 in April will be held over four days with a shorter running time from 9am–2pm.

Discover your financial planning pathway

Use our unique pathway tool to discover which courses or units you require to become compliant with the new FASEA rules.

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Financial planning webinar series

In our webinar series, Deakin's leading academic staff and special guests examine the key topics and issues facing the modern financial planning professional. You can use these webinars to gain valuable Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points by completing a short assessment task, or simply to explore areas of interest.

Find out more about our financial planning webinars

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