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First Nations Pre-Accounting Program

Not available to international students.
Course location
CDU Waterfront Darwin
Course duration
0.5 year/s
0 year/s
Availability for Admission
Summer Semester
International on campus
International online
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Asia Pacific College of Business and Law

The Charles Darwin University (CDU) Asia Pacific College of Business and Law delivers a First Nations pre-accounting and mentoring program, commencing in January each year. The program is made up of two components; a 4-week full-time intensive pre-accounting program delivered on-campus at the Asia Pacific College of Business and Law, and an ongoing individual and group mentoring component.

Successful completion of the program provides candidates with a pathway into the CDU Bachelor of Accounting or approved VET accounting programs.

Delivered by a dedicated facilitator with both professional accounting expertise and experience in delivering training and education to First Nations learners, the delivery and materials are tailored to meet the learning styles and needs of First Nations learners.

In addition to the skills developed during the pre-accounting program, the program also supports students to be successful in their subsequent accounting studies by familiarising them with the higher education accounting environment and expectations for study. The relationships built with other pre-accounting and pre-business students and lecturers will also provide successful candidates with a supportive network from the very first day of their studies.

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Admission criteria

This course is only available for First Nations peoples who would like to pursue a career in accounting and be supported through peer-to-peer learning and mentoring.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

Course structure

The First Nations Pre-Accounting Program runs as a four-week intensive for students considering applying for an undergraduate accounting degree.

A candidate must successfully complete a single unit of study totalling 10 credit points (cp) as detailed below.

Unit type Credit Points Specific requirements
Core Units
(1 unit)
Compulsory Core unit totalling 10 credit points as detailed below.

IPA001 Accounting Preparation Studies

Total Credit Points


Study plan

The pre-accounting intensive program includes a single unit delivered across four weeks, commencing in January each year.

A recommended study plan is not required for this course.


Everything you need to know to get started

How to apply for the Tertiary Enabling Program (TEP) for domestic students

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Unfortunately you are not eligible for our enabling courses

International students are unfortunately not eligible for CDU's enabling courses.

To be eligible for an enabling course, you must be:

  • at least 18 years of age, and
  • an Australian citizen,
  • a New Zealand citizens (residing in Australia)
  • a permanent resident, or
  • a Humanitarian Visa holder

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