Financial planning


Our industry-leading financial planning courses and units prepare aspiring and employed financial advisers with the necessary skills and qualifications to grow successful careers helping clients achieve their financial goals.

Explore your study options

From a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in financial planning to various postgraduate options, Deakin is where you'll develop the skills and knowledge to meet industry standards and build your career as a financial adviser.


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, masters 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.

Choose a financial planning degree that will get you work ready

Gain an industry-recognised qualification and learn from our team of world-class teaching professionals.

Highly sought-after graduates

Choose the leader in financial planning education to grow your career. For over 30 years, Deakin graduates have been the preferred candidates within industry, recognised by accrediting bodies, for their skills, knowledge and high professional standards.

Learn from the best

Our award-winning financial planning courses are taught by unit leaders who bring industry experience and research insight to your learning, delivering practical expertise you can apply to your work.

How to meet financial adviser standards

The following courses and units are FAS compliant:

  • Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Financial Planning
  • Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning.

Financial Adviser Standards (FAS) is a unit within Treasury that sets education and training standards and the code of ethics for licensed financial advisers in Australia.

Already a financial adviser?

If you were listed on the Financial Advisers Register any time between 1 January 2016 and 1 January 2019, you have until 1 January 2026 to meet the qualification and education standards.

Depending on your current qualifications, you may only need to do between one and three bridging course units or you may need to study an eight-unit graduate diploma. If you have completed an approved degree, you will need to complete the Ethics for Professional Advisers bridging course to comply with the new standards unless otherwise specified in the current legislative instrument.

Under the new existing adviser pathway for experienced financial advisers, an eligible adviser* may meet the qualifications standard without further education and training.

Existing advisers who are eligible for the experienced provider pathway may still be required to complete some study to continue to provide tax (financial) advice services from that date.

Single unit studies

Deakin’s professionally recognised units are a simple pathway to becoming FAS compliant. Complete a unit over our 12-week trimester, either online or at our Melbourne Burwood Campus. Some units allow you to fast-track your learning experience with a three-day intensive program.

*An experienced financial adviser is an adviser authorised to provide personal advice to retail clients for a minimum of 10 years between 1 January 2007 and 31 December 2021 and has a clean disciplinary record.

Continue your professional development

Continue your professional development

Examine key topics and issues facing the modern financial planning professional. Use these webinars to gain valuable continuing professional development (CPD) points by completing a short assessment task, or simply to explore areas of interest.

Graduate with an employment advantage

Deakin Business School holds both AACSB and EQUIS accreditations, meaning we are globally recognised and internationally benchmarked. As a top 3 business school in Victoria, a Deakin qualification in financial planning will distinguish you from your peers.

I loved the access to quality content, the academic rigour in standards required, the range of subjects covered, and I enjoyed the interaction with lecturers and students via Zoom tutorials.

Dave Haydon

Financial planning graduate, Partner and Senior Financial Adviser, Kelly Wealth Services

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Commerce with Financial Planning major, Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning, Master of Financial Planning and bridging units (MAA769, MLC714 and MAA728) meet Financial Adviser Standards.

The Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning allows graduates to undertake the Certified Financial Planner® (CFP) program with the Financial Advice Association of Australia (FAAA).

Top professional roles in financial services

Financial broker, dealer and investment adviser roles are projected to increase by 12.4% or 15,658 new jobs by 2033 according to Australian Government employment projections.

  • 7,430 new jobs for financial investment advisers
  • 5,730 new jobs for financial brokers
  • 2,396 new jobs for financial dealers

Get ahead with Deakin – we’ll help you build your network within the community and industry.

Be rewarded for your experience

We’ll grant recognition of prior learning inline with FAS education requirements. You may be eligible for up to two credits in our graduate diploma and up to four credits in our masters. There is no time limit on qualifications.

Partner with us

We're happy to discuss establishing B2B partnerships with licensees and other organisations, which provide significant benefits in the form of course discounts and rebates, support services and a personalised student experience.

Forming a partnership with Deakin provides your organisation and advisers with access to a comprehensive range of education services including:

  • a full complement of education courses that satisfy FAS education requirements
  • the ability to complete units as part of a qualification or as separate non-award single enrolments
  • free credit assessments and mapping
  • study support and practice questions for the national examination
  • access to our top students as interns and/or work-ready graduates.

Contact us to learn more about B2B partnership opportunities with Deakin.

Business partnership discounts

Deakin offers students from selected partnerships a discount on course fees. Explore the of partner organisations below or contact us to get involved. You may be eligible for a discount or rebate if you are affiliated with any of the following organisations:

  • Aged Care Steps
  • CPA Australia
  • Fiducian
  • Financial Advice Association Australia (FAAA)
  • FSAspire CPD
  • Insignia
  • Self Managed Super Fund Association (SMSF Association)
  • STEP
  • TAL Insurance

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Contact us

For more information on financial planning courses and units, contact:

Domestic students
1800 693 888
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International students
+61 3 9918 9188
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