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VTP293 Finance Administration Basics

This program addresses the skills and knowledge required to conduct business activities using a computerised accounting system entering information into the system, processing transactions in the system, and producing reports; and to process payroll from provided data using manual and computerised payroll systems.

This applies to individuals who use specialised knowledge, information technology, and coordination skills when operating computerised accounting systems in the course of their business activities in service and trading environments, as well as those providing administrative support within an enterprise, and members of staff who have been delegated payroll responsibilities.

Delivery is face to face with classes conducted at the CDU Darwin Waterfront Campus.

Entry requirements

You must:

  • be 18 years or older; and
  • not be attending secondary school; and
  • be able to demonstrate appropriate language, literacy, and numeracy skills and knowledge to undertake this course. This is demonstrated if you have completed a qualification deemed equivalent to an Australian Year 11 or higher, Australian Certificate III or higher, or by completing a Language, Literacy, and Numeracy (LLN) assessment.

*If you do not meet the entry requirements and would like to discuss your options, contact Student Central.

Essential requirements

Students are required to purchase the following textbooks from the publishers

Unit - FNSACC304 Conduct business activity using computerised accounting system
Set up & Operate a Computerised Accounting System User Guide
Computerised Accounting using MYOB 2020.3 by Greg Pazmandy 11th edition (January 2021).
Learn now Publications.
ISBN: 978-1-76073-131-1.
Cost $49 (online)

Unit - BSBFIA302 Process Payroll
Process Payroll by Anne Collins
2nd Edition (January, 2019)
Learnnow Publications
ISBN: 978-1-76073-096-3
Cost: $39.00 (desk copy), $29.00 (online)


To be eligible for an NT Government funded place you must be:

  • a Northern Territory resident; and
  • an Australian citizen, permanent Australian resident or a New Zealand citizen who has resided in Australia for a minimum of six months


To be eligible for an NT Government funded place you must be:

  • a resident of the Northern Territory; and
  • a temporary visa holder who:
    • does not have work or study restrictions
    • has a valid visa for the duration of the training, allowing for the total volume of learning required to achieve the qualification, including supervised and unsupervised training and study
    • is not the primary provisional visa holder of a skilled, business innovation and investment, student, work or holiday visa identified on the Department of Home Affairs website.

Upcoming intakes

There are currently no course offerings in 2021 for this course.

Course structure

To achieve the vocational training program VTP293 - Finance Administration Basics a total of two (2) units of competency must be completed as listed below.

Students will be issued with a Statement of Attainment upon successful completion.

The total Nominal Hours for this training program is 70.

Code Module/Unit of Competency Hours
Units of Competency
FNSACC304 Conduct business activities using a computerised accounting system 40
BSBFIA302 Process payroll 30
  Total nominal hours for the training program 70



This is a non-award course and a Statement of Attainment will be issued for nationally recognised units of competency successfully completed.

Additional information

You can access student services, find support and explore your community through the Current Students web.

Contact details Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call).