Swinburne University of Technology’s online arm has created five new business and accounting degrees to address government education reforms within the financial advice space.
In a statement, Swinburne Online said the new adviser education standards will “send existing financial advisers back to school” and that the new courses will “help fill the academic gap in the financial services industry”.
“The pool of financial advisers in Australia is around 25,000, but only 32 per cent of them have any form of degree,” said Swinburne Online’s business and accounting director Andrew Vincent.
“In response to the urgency for a highly skilled work force, Swinburne Online is offering accredited degrees in business and accounting.”
Mr Vincent said making the courses available online meant advisers currently in the workforce would be able to undertake studies more easily.
“The online model is highly accessible to those already working and will provide a flexible learning environment and produce graduates best positioned to meet the demands of the industry,” he said.
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