More than balancing books or paying bills on time, today's accounting careers require FinTech skills with a deep understanding of sustainability and social impact. In this dynamic career path, you could be responsible for everything from business growth and ethical spending, to workforce wellbeing.
If you're eyeing the top job—Chief Financial Officer—you could start out as an Accountant and rise upwards. By the time you make CFO, you'll most likely have an MBA and be well versed in operational strategy, human resources, IT, and risk management.
Land on your feet in an industry that’s set to grow by 9.2% over the next five years.* Your skills will be in demand. The pay will be generous. You’ll have a toolbox of transferable skills to take into a range of related careers. With the flexibility to work in an office or at home—for small to large, local or international organisations—where you take it is up to you.
As an Accountant, you’ll be consulting with stakeholders, setting up accounting systems, analysing cash flow, and preparing financial records. If you’re an Auditor, you’ll be conducting financial investigations and ensuring an organisation’s legal compliance. Maybe you’re a Financial Analyst? You’ll spend your days forecasting future revenue and expenditure or advising on mergers and acquisitions.
*Source: Labour Market Insights
*Source: Labour Market Insights
**Source: Labour Market Insights
***Source: Labour Market Insights
With a Flinders accounting or finance degree, the only limit is your imagination. Roles range from highly analytical/technical to management positions, with career streams including auditing, forensic, tax, corporate, cost, financial control, insolvency, funds, business services, and management.
chief financial officer
finance business partner
entrepreneur/ business owner
There’s a broad scope of potential employers in government departments, accounting firms, financial management firms, investment advisory organisations, and financial planning companies.
Our degrees are accredited by Certified Practising Accountants Australia (CPA Australia) and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ).
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Immerse yourself in a real-world business environment at the New Venture Institute and Flinders Business Trading Room.
Study part of your degree overseas with student exchange opportunities at 80 international partner universities.
Graduate ahead of the game with industry accreditation and the qualifications to apply for membership with professional bodies.
Get real-world experience and develop networks through Work Integrated Learning and industry placement programs.
Accounting is not only working with numbers—you enable people to be their best selves, to grow as people, and as a business. So, I thought, 'I’d love to take on that career myself'.
In this video, you'll hear Flinders Accounting Alumni Monika Bartlett talk about her experience studying at Flinders, potential career opportunities and industry work placement.
A panel of Flinders researchers and industry leaders talk about innovative ways to approach interest rates, superannuation and our financial health in general.
Our Finance and Accounting students formed a team to participate in the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Institute Research Challenge.
Award-winning accounting and consulting firm HLB Mann Judd in Adelaide boasts an exceptional team, and more than a handful of its employees happen to be Flinders graduates.
Our incredible teaching and professional staff are experts in their fields and well-connected to industry.
Senior Lecturer, College of Business, Government and Law: Dr Philip Palmer
Philip has completed a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) with Honours and a PhD in Accounting. He is a member of CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
He is passionate about producing enterprising, work-ready accounting graduates, who have the necessary technical knowledge and personal attributes to make a successful contribution to the accounting profession.
Senior Lecturer, College of Business, Government and Law: Dr Michelle Yeong
Michelle holds an MBA and a PhD in Accounting and Finance from Oxford Brookes University, UK, with a particular expertise in financial technology (FinTech) and business model innovation.
She is a fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA). Michelle is an alumna of Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, with over 20 years of international experience across various aspects of financial services in Australia, Asia and Europe.
Work Integrated Learning Coordinator: Ms Kahlene Michalenny
Kahlene has a Bachelor of Business (Management) from Flinders University where she learned first-hand the value of undertaking a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) placement. Kahlene's WIL experience saw her transition from student to working professional with her WIL employer in her final study year.
Kahlene is passionate about supporting current students to have valuable WIL experiences within the College of Business, Government & Law.
Yes! Accounting is a thriving sector with a projected 17,900 new jobs becoming available by 2026.* The diversity of roles and industries to work in ensures employment stability and opportunities for long-term professional growth. The future for accounting and finance roles is looking very bright.
*Source: Labour Market Insights.
As an Accountant, you’ll be using the foundational skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. And possibly, some entry-level algebra. Luckily, everything you need to future-proof your career is built into your studies.
The average CFO’s salary is around $422,000—starting at $256,000 and reaching up to $772,000 per annum. Wages are based on education levels, certifications, professional development, and time working in the industry.*
A CEO is higher than a CFO. The Chief Financial Officer is the highest financial management role in an organisation and reports to the Chief Executive Officer. The CFO is often a member of the Board of Directors, too. The next position down from CFO is the Financial Controller who leads the accounting department and report to the CFO.
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