ACCA - The global body for professional accountants

Regardless of where in the world you initially register to become an ACCA student, undertake your examinations, gain your practical experience and subsequently apply for full membership, ACCA will be there to offer you support and guidance, where ever you are in the world now, or plan to be in the future.

ACCA Australia & New Zealand has its headquarters in Sydney, with additional support available in Auckland, New Zealand.

Please visit our Living and Working microsite for information to help you adjust and find your feet in Australia and New Zealand.

Prospective students

Initial student registration is undertaken, online, via our Admissions team in Glasgow, Scotland.

You can register to become an ACCA student online at any time of the year.

Please review the ACCA exam registration timetable to ensure you register in time for the ACCA exam sitting you wish to start taking exams at.

Exemptions for Australian or New Zealand degrees

Holders of recognised Australian or New Zealand Bachelor degrees may be eligible for exemption from part or all nine papers from the Fundamental level of the ACCA Qualification. There are no exemptions offered for the Professional level.

Exemptions are only confirmed at the point of registration when a full academic transcript is viewed by the ACCA Admissions Department.

Visit ACCA’s exemption enquiry database to view details on the exemptions offered to degrees and universities locally and globally.

If you hold, or are studying for, a bachelor/postgraduate qualification with an Australian or New Zealand university or TAFE NSW diploma/advanced diploma and your qualification does not appear on the exemptions enquiry database, or the exemptions listed are out of date, contact with a scanned copy of your finalised academic transcript for review.

Regular exam centres

There are regular examination centres in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand.

Please visit the exams section of the site for a full list of examination centres

Special exam centres

It is possible however to arrange paper-based exams at centres other than the regular centres. These are referred to as 'special centres'. Requests for special centres should be sent in writing, together with your exam entry form, via email to ACCA's Examinations Department Exams Operations Service by:

  • 8 March for June exams;
  • 8 September for December exams.

Students in Australia currently sit ACCA exams in special examination centres in Adelaide, Brisbane, and Perth. In New Zealand students can sit ACCA exams in special examination centres in Wellington, New Plymouth, Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown.

ACCA will consider other centres across Australia and New Zealand too. If you would like to know if it is possible to sit ACCA exams in cities, other than those listed above, contact the Exams Operations Service

Studying for ACCA in Australia & New Zealand

Platinum Approved Learning Partners

Study options with ACCA approved partners, within Australia and New Zealand are limited to distance learning only at this time.

Distance learning

ACCA’s global publishers Kaplan and BPP both offer comprehensive and localised learning materials and online learning options to suit your learning needs and style.

You can purchase BPP Learning Media’s ACCA textbooks, revision and support material from Footprint Books based in Australia.

Students can also get a 15% discount by inputting the code ACCA76.

ACCA online support

ACCA’s website offers a wealth of free support material to assist you with preparing for your exams. The following is only a small sample of the extensive resources available.

For resources specific to each ACCA Qualification paper, visit the Qualification Resource section to prepare and achieve examination success.

Resources include:

  • Syllabus and study guides: to help you plan your study and to provide detailed information on what could be assessed in any examination  session;
  • Past papers: to prepare you for the types of questions you might face so that you can practise sitting  an ACCA examination paper;
  • Examiner reports: learn more about how the examiners felt students approached previous examinations; where they did well and where and how they could have performed better;
  • Technical articles: on key examinable topics to support your study
    Reading lists: additional sources of information to broaden the scope of your learning.

Access the 'Reading and planning time' article in the PDF publication Student Accountant April 2012 for advice on how to use this time to your advantage, before you start writing your exam paper on exam day.

Local support

At a local level, ACCA Australia & New Zealand provides the following support offerings:

  • new student orientation briefings;
  • ACCA examination techniques seminars – face-to-face and via webinar;
  • specific ACCA examination paper webinars;
  • study groups – if there is not a study group in your region and you wish to set one up, please email us at;
  • invitation to local ACCA social events;
  • local student newsletter alerts with timely information and advice for preparing for examinations;
  • social events.


Last updated: 3 Sep 2014