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DBAC - Bachelor of Accounting




Accounting is a fundamental organisational tool for business planning and control. Proficiency in this specialised field can create a range of career opportunities both in government and in business, management and finance across a multitude of industries.

The Bachelor of Accounting is accredited by the two major Australian accounting professional bodies, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA) and Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA) Australia. For more information about the accreditation of individual units, please visit the CPA Australia Course Accreditation webpage and the ICAA Tertiary Course Accreditation webpage.



Through a combination of required units and electives, students will gain knowledge and skills in many areas of Accounting and related fields. As students develop an understanding of accounting principles and practices, they explore the relationship between accounting, finance and economics, the law, management and marketing. Students will study in detail, specialised areas including Financial Accounting, Corporate Reporting, Taxation Law, Auditing, Management Accounting and Communications.

Students also have the opportunity to select elective units, so as to tailor the degree to individual needs.


Career outcomes

This broad-based business degree will enable students to primarily develop expertise in accounting information systems. Coupled with a dedicated industry focus and an extensive range of unit choices, the degree will produce highly employable graduates with a strong and diverse skill base.


Recommended study pattern

To get the most out of this program students are recommended to follow these steps:


Degree structure - 24 units

First Level - 8 units

Second Level - 5 units

Third Level - 5 units

Electives - 6 units

Students must complete six elective units. These can be taken from any discipline area however their content should not be comparable to the core units. There isn't a list, but students can choose the electives by looking through the OUA website or Handbook. Students may choose to use the electives as a block.

Students may also wish to select the following units:

Please visit the OUA website for more information about the Bachelor of Accounting.


Degree requirements

There is no requirement for students to register for the degree. To qualify for the Bachelor of Accounting from UniSA, students must achieve the following requirements:


Credit for previous study

Students may get credit for previous studies conducted at other institutions. Please contact UniSA to get further information prior to registering through Open Universities Australia. It is recommended that credit applications are submitted at least six weeks prior to registering in program units.

For further information, please refer to the Ask OUA @ UniSA FAQs on Credit and exemption.


Procedures for gaining degree

Subject to degree requirements, the University of South Australia will award students with a formal qualification upon successful completion of the appropriate Open Universities Australia units.

For more information, please refer to the Ask OUA @ UniSA FAQs on Graduation.


Recent updates to the Bachelor of Accounting

Any student uncertain about the transition arrangements in relation to these unit changes should contact the OUA UniSA Student Advisers.


Further information