Not currently available in 2020

Unit description

Introduces students to the financial plan including an overview of the financial advice industry and contemporary issues, the professional, legal and regulatory environment, client relationship building and best interests duty, client risk profiling, needs and objectives, the statement of advice (SOA), and key elements of the financial plan. In this capstone unit, students will develop professional skills by engaging in teacher directed activities and experiences relevant to the responsible construction and delivery of a comprehensive financial plan. Students will also develop a practical understanding of the critical aspects of the financial adviser-client relationship.  

Unit content

Topic 1: The Financial Plan: An Introduction

Topic 2: Contemporary Issues in the Australian Financial Advice Industry

Topic 3: The Professional, Legal and Regulatory Environment

Topic 4: The Client-Adviser Relationship and Best Interests Duty I

Topic 5: The Client-Adviser Relationship and Best Interests Duty II

Topic 6: Client Data and Risk Profiling

Topic 7: Client Needs and Objectives

Topic 8: The Statement of Advice (SOA)

Topic 9: Financial Plan Development

Topic 10: Financial Plan Recommendations

Topic 11: Financial Plan Implementation and Presentation

Topic 12: Financial Plan Review and Monitoring


Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 3

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