Seize control of your future in commerce with this one-year diploma. Across the year you will master the key technical, practical and theoretical underpinnings of the financial world.

Walk into accounting and finance roles in a small or large business – or even set yourself up to succeed when launching your own business. All along, this Leaders Institute diploma will also give you the chance to develop soft leadership skills.

Upon graduation, you can choose to continue and extend your studies with the second- and third-year study of Leaders Institute’s in-depth Bachelor of Accounting.

Unit Name

Applied Quantitative Data Analysis
Professional Business Communication
Accounting I
Accounting II
Computer Based Information Systems
Organisational and Human Management

Prof John Sands

Academic Board Member

Professor John Sands has an extensive academia experience especially in the accounting field with various universities. He is currently associated with the University of Southern Queensland. He has completed valuable research in the areas of Corporate Governance and Stakeholder Engagement, Management Accounting and Sustainable Accounting and Reporting.

Fees For 2022

International Students Fee Domestic Students Fee
AU $ 16,000*
(AU $ 8,000 per trimester**)
AU $ 13,000*
(AU $6,500 per trimester**)
AU $500
one time enrolment fee is charged additionally.
AU $500
one time enrolment fee*** is charged additionally.

*Fees are subject to annual review

**Leaders offers two mandatory trimesters in an academic year. Third trimester is optional.

***Only applicable to full fee paying domestic students

Course Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Diploma of Business will be able to:

  • Demonstrate technical and theoretical knowledge of business-related fields and disciplines including accounting, management, economics, statistics, computer systems and marketing;
  • Demonstrate awareness of business practice, accounting standards and expectations, business ethics;
  • Apply cognitive skills to identify, analyse and evaluate new information, concepts and evidence from a range of business, industry, accounting and academic sources;
  • Utilise cognitive and technical skills to create innovative solutions for complex accounting and management issues within a business environment;
  • Demonstrate oral and written communication skills to express ideas, information recognised and analysis in business, professional and academic formats;
  • Develop an understanding of current and emerging practices in accounting;
  • Describe and utilise innovative, professional accounting and business practice;
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical competence while working independently or in team.

Admission requirements:


All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. These are specified

In addition, all applicants must meet either: relevant standard minimum entry requirements as specified below or alternative relevant standard minimum entry requirements.

Domestic students

Admission to courses is based on successful completion of one of the following:

  • The Queensland Higher School Certificate or an interstate equivalent HigherSchool Certificate. OP 17 / ATAR 60
  • Completion of the International Baccalaureate Diploma.
  • Completion of an approved course at the level of Diploma or Advanced Diploma at a TAFE or registered training organisation (RTO).
  • Possession of qualifications deemed equivalent to any of the above qualifications.

International students

International students who have not completed an Australian qualification must have appropriate educational qualifications, deemed equivalent to the Australian Higher School Certificate under the NOOSR guidelines

International candidates may also be considered for admission by:

  • Satisfactorily completing vocational and or tertiary studies in Australia oroverseas, accredited under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), or
  • Satisfactorily completing equivalent overseas studies

Students enrolling from non-English speaking countries are required to undertake an English language test and demonstrate English proficiency with a minimum score of:

  • IELTS: 6.0 (Academic) with no sub-band less than 5.5
  • TOEFL (paper based) 550 with a score of 5 or better in the Test of Written English

It is expected that students can demonstrate that the English language test was successfully completed within two years of the date of application for admission.

Note: International students must hold a valid student visa. There are numerous conditions that apply to a student visa. In particular, a holder of a student visa may not work, paid or unpaid, for more than 40 hours in any fortnight during semester time. Where Work Integrated Learning is integrated into a course, it does not count towards the 40 hours. Current information on student visa conditions may be found at https://homeaffairs.gov.au/Trav/stud/more/Visa-conditions/visaconditions-students

Alternative entry

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for entry to a course of study, may be considered for alternative entry on the basis of higher education study equivalent to at least two units of study successfully completed at a registered Australian higher education institution or an overseas educational institution assessed as being equivalent by LeadersInstitute.

A person may also be considered for entry on the basis of recognition of prior learning, prior employment in a relevant field or the acquisition of a non-award qualification in a relevant field.

Applicants seeking alternative entry must also fulfil the English language entry requirements.

Course Info

  • Faculty:Prof John Sands
  • Trimesters:3
  • Duration:1 Year