BAS Agent
Skill Set

Studying Skill Set FNS000040 allows you to deliver more services as an accountant or bookkeeper.

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The Australian Institute of Finance Training provides online and self-paced BAS Agent courses enabling accountants and bookkeepers in Australia to grow their knowledge base and skills to provide the following services: 

  • Deliver sound advice to clients on Business Activity Statements (BAS) obligations, including provisions on Goods and Services Tax (GST), fuel tax, luxury car tax, Wine Equalisation Tax (WET), Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT), PAYG withholding and instalments, among others.
  • Prepare and lodge approved forms relevant to a client’s BAS provisions.
  • Work with the TPB on behalf of a client in dealing with obligations relevant to BAS provisions.

Choose from the AIFT’s self-paced and online tax practitioner’s courses: 

  • The BAS Agent Skill Set FNSSS00001
  • The Single Unit FNSTPB401
  • The Single Unit FNSTPB402

See more information below to the options) 

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Course Options


BAS Agent Skill Set

Commence any time RRP $700

The BAS Agent Skill set FNSSS00004 is one of our BAS Agent courses that combines to two key units required by the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) to meet the education requirements to apply to become a BAS agent*.

  1. FNSTPB401 – Complete Business Activity Statements and Instalment Activity Statements
  2. FNSTPB402 – Establish & Maintain Payroll Systems


Single Unit

Commence any time RRP $350

FNSTPB401 – Complete Business Activity Statements & Instalment Statements

As a registered BAS Agent course, this unit focuses on the calculation and preparation of Business Activity Statements, it describes the skills and knowledge required to identify and apply compliance requirements to effectively process and complete business activity statements (BAS), instalment activity statements (IAS), and other required reports.


Single Unit

Commence any time RRP $350

FNSTPB402 – Establish & Maintain Payroll Systems

This unit is a tax practitioners’ course as it focuses on the set up and processing of a payroll system, this unit describes the skills and knowledge required to record and prepare payroll documentation, respond to enquiries, and process payroll data for manual and computerised systems.

Course Outline

  • About the Course
  • Units of Competency
  • Duration
  • Assessments
  • Payment Plans
  • Higher Education
  • Study Method
  • Student Requirements
  • Materials
  • Recognition of Prior Learning
  • Jobs & Career Pathway

Studying FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping is the most practical way to enter into the bookkeeping or accounting industries.

With AIFT we give you the choice to study on Xero, the most widely used Accounting software for practitioners and small business owners, as well as MYOB.

At AIFT we over this course on either Xero or MYOB making sure that your study is aligned in as much as possible to what employers want in a candidate. This course is also Tax Practitioner Board (TPB) approved with regards to the education requirements for registration as a BAS agent to allow you to

  • Day to day bookkeeping functions such as accounts payable and receivable
  • Completing the Business Activity Statements (BAS)
  • Statutory obligations such as Superannuation and Payroll
  • Building spreadsheets and creating operational reporting such as Profit & Loss, Balance Sheets and Trial Balance
  • Proficient use of Accounting Software including MYOB and Xero from setup to trial balance
  • It is the perfect preparation for anyone seeking to start their own bookkeeping business, or career as a professional bookkeeper BAS agent or payroll officer.
  • Our Cert IV in Accounting & Bookkeeping lets you select which accounting platform (MYOB or Xero) to use to complete your assessments.
  • Advance your accounting career with the option to continue your studies to Diploma level. You will have dedicated support and resources from both our team and course materials to help you achieve a successful career in Accounting or Bookkeeping.

This course comprises 13 units that are studied in the following order:

FNSACC413 - Make decisions in a legal context
BSBITU402 - Develop and use complex spreadsheets
FNSACC416 - Set up and operate a computerised accounting system
FNSACC311 - Process financial transactions and extract interim reports
FNSACC405 - Maintain inventory records
FNSTPB402 - Establish and maintain payroll systems*
FNSTPB401 - Complete business activity and instalment activity statements*
BSBFIA401 - Prepare financial reports
FNSACC414 - Prepare financial statements for non-reporting entities
FNSACC412 - Prepare operational budgets
FNSACC312 - Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers
BSBSMB412 - Introduce cloud computing into business operations
FNSACC408 - Work effectively in the accounting and bookkeeping industry

*Unit part of the FNSSS00004 BAS Agent Registration Skill Set.

Access to the ‘Xero Learn’ platform is included with the course and MYOB Student Edition is available for general (free) download. MYOB & Xero are used to complete some units, access to course materials and assessments.

Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping allows up to 12 months to complete the course.

There is no minimum time frame to complete the course. Students can work through the course at their own pace

If students require an extension, they are available to purchase.

Get in touch today if you require more information. 


Prior to course commencement, students are required to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment/questionnaire. 

This quick assessment is used to determine your LLN skill level so that we can best support you through your studies.

Modules & Units

The unit assessments and examinations are completed using a variety of methods and are submitted via the AIFT online student portal. 

Accounting unit assessments use either MYOB (student version) or the Xero Learn educational platform.

Examinations are open book, and are comprised of theoretical and practical exercises which can be undertaken from either your home, office, or classroom.


Tax Practitioners Board Licensing Course units may include an exam component, which needs to be independently supervised. Exams are three-hour, open-book assessments comprising of short answer and multiple-choice questions, very similar in format to the unit assessments.

Exams must be completed within your course duration period. Prior to your exam, you will need to complete and return the Supervisor Nomination Form to Applied Education detailing your supervisor’s information, contact details and the elected date of your assessment.

Exams can be undertaken at any location and time of your choosing, with the only condition being that you have a nominated, independent supervisor present. Your supervisor can be a person of responsibility such as a registered tax agent, member of an accounting professional body, public servant, doctor, nurse, police officer, director, etc. who does not have a close personal or professional relationship with you.

If you cannot arrange a supervisor please contact us to arrange for a supervised assessment.

Course Fees and Flexible Payment Plans

AIFT offer flexible payment options to allow you to spread the investment in your future and start your Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping course sooner.

- An administration fee of $100 is added for this option
- Payment is via direct debit or credit card
- Initial $500 deposit is required at the commencement of the course
- The remainder to be paid in equal instalments over 3, 6 or 9 months.

Several units in the Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping are prerequisites and in some cases actual units from the Diploma of Accounting.

AIFT promotes life-long learning and is focused on providing a higher education pathway from Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping to the Advanced Diploma of Accounting (which is the entry requirement of the Institute of Public Accountants).

Self-paced online study is a convenient, effective and affordable way to learn that fits around your lifestyle.

We provide you with the following:

     - Quality Learner Guides
     - Videos/webinars
     - Fast, relevant Support from our assessors and student support team
     - Online assessments and exams
     - Student Facebook group
The FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping has been developed to give you flexibility so that you can study at your own pace, in your own time and selected environment. Commencing any study is a commitment and at AIFT we are here to help you on your personal growth and study journey.
Computer and Internet Requirements
The software requirements to ensure the course materials are accessible are as follows:
Latest versions of Word and Adobe Reader are required
Some applications (videos) will require the latest version of Flash-Player
We recommend Google Chrome as an Internet Browser most compatible with the student portal.

The recommended speed to access all learning resources is 4G/ADSL2, though most internet connections are sufficient. Slower connections will suffice for the PDF learning resources; however, for any multimedia content degradation in quality and issues downloading may be experienced. We aim for maximum operational efficiency with our high-quality LMS/SMS however from time to time outages may occur, but these will be attended to as quickly as possible.

Specifically, you will need word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software such as Microsoft Office.

All data files, learning activities and MYOB/XERO software are available to download or access via our student portal.

AIFT uses the Microsoft Windows operating system and we are unable to guarantee or support issues relating to the Mac operating systems.

Learner guides and materials for the Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping are included as part of the course at no additional cost.

All course content is accessed via our online student portal, along with additional resources, learning materials and classroom recordings (if applicable).

A hard copy of the learner materials is available. If required, it can also be optionally purchased ($275 full set).

Are you currently working as a bookkeeper or have prior skills and experience?

We can assess these skills and knowledge as credits towards a Certificate IV qualification in Accounting and Bookkeeping. By providing documented evidence and a portfolio of your work to demonstrate your understanding of the learning outcomes in the course. The portfolio often contains files such as payroll and BAS information, along with letters, reports or presentations that you have or currently use on a day to day basis.

Our RPL pack includes:

   - Full list of evidence criteria
   - Detailed templates
   - 3rd Party Declaration of your skills
RPL is not a short cut, it is often a more complex process than completing the self-paced study and doing the activities. However, you may find that you can obtain credits for 1 or 2 units which can reduce the time required to complete the course.
The Certificate IV Bookkeeping and Accounting course is positioned to help kick off your career, it is a solid foundation in the world of business and finance.
    - Registered BAS Agent
    - Company Bookkeeper
    - Freelance Bookkeeper
    - Small Business Owner
    - Finance Manager
    - Payroll Officer
    - Accounts Receivable and Accounting Payable Officer
    - Bank Officer
    - Settlement Clerk
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Nationally Recognised Training

As a Registered Training Organisation (#45665), we comply with the government’s strict quality and consistency standards. We conduct regular audits to ensure we keep this accreditation and deliver the level of training you deserve.

The FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping is recognised in all states and territories of Australia.

Accreditation & Industry Partners

The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers
Nationally Recognised Training
Australian Qualification Framework
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