Financial planning (Bachelor of Commerce)



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), Online

Please check each unit for campus availability as unit enrolment modes may change.

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Professional recognition

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 (FAS). Graduates who complete the Financial Planning major sequence in the Bachelor of Commerce will satisfy the education standards prescribed by FAS to be able to provide financial advice in Australia and be eligible for entry into the certification programs of the professional financial planning associations.These include the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® Certification Program by theFinancial Adviser Association of Australia (FAAA). This major also allows advisers to meet any education requirements as set out in the Tax Agents Services Act (TASA) including completion of taxation law units approved by the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB).

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


  • Client Behaviour and Decision Making
  • Ethics for Financial Professionals ^
  • Financial Planning
  • Superannuation Planning
  • Estate Planning and Insurance
  • Equities and Investment Analysis
  • Advanced Financial Planning (Capstone)
  • Plus one unit from:

  • Principles of Income Tax Law
  • Taxation #
  • #Students enrolled in D322 must complete MLL406 plus an additional level 2 or 3 commerce elective, all other students are required to enrol in MLC301.

    ^MAA250.2 only meets the Financial Standards (FAS) accreditation requirements for the Ethics bridging unit if completed from Trimester 2 2019. For students who have completed the earlier version of MAA250, an option to meet the accreditation requirements is to consider enrolling in the postgraduate version of the unit (MAA769 Ethics for Financial Services) as a single unit of study. Please contact a Student Adviser for further information