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Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning

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Build upon the knowledge and skills required of a professional financial planner by studying the Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning.

Key details

Degree Type
Graduate Diploma
Course Code
Intake Months
Jun, Oct

About this course

Build upon the knowledge and skills required of a professional financial planner by studying the Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning. Graduate with a FASEA-approved degree, ready to thrive in a dynamic and exciting financial planning environment.

Want to see your employability soar with a qualification that's in demand across the industry?

Recent changes to the Australian financial services industry require financial planners to meet new education standards set by the Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA). What does this mean for current and aspiring financial planners? If you want to provide financial advice beyond 2026, you'll need to complete a FASEA-approved course like Deakin's Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning.

This professionally oriented course prepares graduates for career progression. If you're a current financial planner returning to study, you'll gain new knowledge and analytical skills that help you provide advice to clients on how to get more out of their investments. Under the guidance of industry-active teachers, you'll learn about:

  • the theoretical principles underlying the rules, regulations and practices that apply in financial planning
  • the digital tools of the modern financial planner
  • the application of knowledge in an applied and practical learning environment

Importantly, the Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning places a strong emphasis on the professional responsibilities of the modern financial planner, both in an ethical and compliance sense. Industry reforms have created an increased demand for ethical decision-makers, putting Deakin graduates in a strong position to stand out from the pack.

On completion of the Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning, you may wish to articulate into Deakin's Master of Financial Planning.

Entry requirements

Admission is based on:

  • a Bachelor's degree in any discipline, OR
  • a Graduate Certificate in any discipline, OR
  • At least two years of relevant professional work experience^ that demonstrates comprehensive knowledge in a financial planning environment OR
  • evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

^ Relevant work experience is determined as working within a financial services role or within the financial services sector.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit Deakin Policy Library.

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

Career pathways

From 1 January 2019, FASEA's new education standards come into place and, by 1 January 2026, all financial planners will need an approved qualification. These reforms have created an increased demand for registered financial planners with a high-level understanding of what it means to provide responsible advice.

The Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning is approved by FASEA, ensuring Deakin students graduate with the right qualification and skills to take advantage of this demand.

Whether you're currently working in the industry or looking to move into a financial planning role, you'll prepared to excel in a variety of positions, including:

  • financial adviser
  • insurance adviser
  • business development manager
  • superannuation consultant
  • portfolio analyst
  • personal financial planner
  • investment banker
  • paraplanner
  • claims administrator
  • compliance manager
  • risk adviser.

Course structure

To complete the Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning, students must attain a total of 8 credit points consisting of 7 credit points of core units and 1 credit points of elective units chosen from a specified list, plus completion of the compulsory 0-credit point module, MAI010 Academic Integrity Module. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point

Credit for prior study or work

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

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