The Faculty of Business and Law at the University of Southern Queensland offers Accounting conversion courses by distance education. The courses are designed for those seeking to provide professional accounting services.

Program Objectives

The program aims to produce graduates who can practice as professional accountants in Australia and produce graduates who meet the educational requirements for registration at the ASCPA or ICAA.

Periods of Teaching

These courses are offered by distance education. There are 3 semesters per year.

Semester Study Period Commencement Date
Semester 2,2019 July - November 2019 15 July 2019
Semester 3,2019 November 2019 - Feb 2020 18 November 2019
Semester 1,2020 Feb - June 2020 24 February 2020

Application due dates:
Semester 2,2019 - 28 June 2019
Semester 3,2019 - 1 November 2019
Semester 1,2020 - 7 February 2020

Offerings of the Conversion Courses

LAW5230 - Taxation Law (offered in S1, S2, S3)
LAW8500 – Australian Commercial and Corporations Law (offered in S1, S2)

These two courses will meet the educational requirements for registration at the CPA Australia or the ICAA (Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia).

Entry Requirements

Candidates for entry into the Conversion Courses must meet the following criteria:

a tertiary qualification at degree or equivalent level from a recognised institution;


a letter of assessment completed by the ICAA or CPA Australia.

Note: There are limited places available so an early submission of your application will improve your chances of obtaining a place in the Conversion courses. Note that you will need to include the assessment letter from either ICAA or CPA Australia in order for USQ to evaluate your application.

Study Packages

All study material will be available online on UConnect, Studydesk. Students may require additional textbooks, which can be ordered from Australia. (Delivery at your doorstep within five working days.)

Internet Access

Students receive a user name and password to access the student site: UConnect. With this password, you will be able to join subject discussion groups and email your lecturer. All course material, assignment results and past examination papers are available on the internet.

Local Support

As the Local Support Office of USQ in Africa, we are here to assist students. We receive and distribute study CDs, collect fees, arrange examinations (as close to home as possible - we already have 72 centres in South Africa alone), assist students with any problems they may have and see to any administrative matters requiring our attention. (It should be noted that study materials are set up to assist students to study independently wherever they may be.)


The duration of the program depends on the requirements as stipulated by the CPA or ICAA. Whilst certain distance education students may be required to do one course only, others might be required to do 4 or 5 courses depending on the outcome of their assessment. Students need to study ±15 hours per week per course. This equates to 165 hours per semester per course (subject).

Assessment and Examinations

Assessment requirements vary according to the courses being studied. Details are provided in each student’s package. To complete each course, it is usual to submit a number of assignments or reports by scheduled dates. Completed assignments are returned to the student with a grade and feedback to further assist their learning. Most courses include an end of semester examination. Examinations are held at the end of each semester and take place during working hours. Timetables are sent out so as to help you plan accordingly.