No one likes to be audited. In fact, the very thought of it often causes business bookkeepers and accountants sleepless nights as they second guess their ledgers and reports. Audits are necessary, however unpleasant they are, and so are auditors, with their amassed collection of accounting courses and qualifications in from the University of Western Australia in Perth or any another recognised accounting school in the country.
Auditing is such an important subset of accounting that it has its own national and international standards, as well as its own associations and institutes to provide support to auditors around the world. They also ensure that their members maintain high levels of professionalism and education.
Auditing associations in Australia include:
- The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) – Australia, which is part of an overriding international organisation that undertakes to provide continuous development via accounting courses in all the major cities of Australia, including Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane; and to provide national certification to members. It also represents Australian auditors in the academic, professional, government, private and public sectors.
- The Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (AUASB), which is an independent, statutory agency of the Australian Government. It develops and maintains auditing and assurance standards throughout the country. Its standards are legally enforceable.
You can qualify to become an auditor at a number of universities and colleges in Perth that offer specialist accounting, commerce and bookkeeping courses.
- Murdoch University in Perth has a Business School which offers a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting with courses in economics, accounting, statistics, commercial law, finance, banking and auditing. Murdoch Business School also offers a Bachelor of Business in Applied Accounting. Completion of the Bachelor programs lead onto Master qualifications if students wish to continue their studies.
- Curtin University (which has locations across Western Australian, including Perth) offers postgraduate courses in accounting. Not all of the courses are available at all locations, but the Bentley location in Perth offers almost all the accounting courses, which include Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting, Master of Accounting, Master of Commerce (Accounting), Master of Corporate Accounting and Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce (Accounting).
- The University of Western Australia, located in Perth, is one of the most esteemed universities in Australia and offers a Bachelor of Commerce with an Accounting major.
- Education and Training International (ETI), based in Perth, is designed primarily for international students and offers TAFE courses in Business, Management, Commerce and Accounting, such as Certificate IV in Accounting, Diploma of Accounting and Advanced Diploma of Accounting. Accounting courses include accounting, tax and auditing.
We live in a digital age where online accounting degrees are as widely recognised as their classroom equivalents. The quality of online courses has been steadily improving over the past few years and now even the most staid universities have had to give in to change and convert some of their courses to suit online formats. This means that you can find top-quality online accounting courses from a variety of learning institutions in Perth.
But, just because online learning is grabbing headlines, doesn’t mean that classroom-based courses are headed the way of the dodo. To cater to the frenetic pace of modern life, many universities and TAFE institutes now offer hybrid courses, which allow students the face-to-face interaction with lecturers, tutors and fellow students they need, and also provide the flexibility of online learning.
The format you choose is up to you, but it’s important to realise that students are no longer as constrained as they once were, so now is the time to embrace new freedoms.
Explore our range of distance learning opportunities to find out more about accounting courses in Perth.