CPA Australia and the Australian Scholarships Foundation offer up to five 100% scholarships annually. This scholarship enables managers and financial officers of registered charitable organisations to enhance their knowledge and skills to further contribute to the management and accountability of charitable not-for-profit organisations.

Program overview

Internationally recognised, the CPA Program ensures you will be well equipped to tackle any of the challenging accounting, finance or business situations faced in today’s global marketplace. Providing you with more than a technical accounting focus, the CPA Program goes beyond the numbers, teaching the skills to help you reach the next level in leadership, strategy and business.

The CPA Program education component comprises four compulsory subjects (Ethics and GovernanceStrategic Management AccountingFinancial ReportingGlobal Strategy and Leadership) and two elective subjects*.

The CPA Program scholarship entitles recipients to an exemption from all CPA Program subject fees. The award covers course enrolment fees starting from the date awarded.

*If you have already completed recognised studies in tax and auditing, you may choose any elective, otherwise you must select Australia Taxation, or the local taxation variant, and Advanced Audit and Assurance.

Semester dates

Successful applicants in this scholarship round will be given the choice of beginning their studies in either Semester One or Semester Two in 2021.

Semester One: starts late January 2021 (date TBC) Semester Two: starts August 2021 (date TBC)

Exact start dates to be announced by CPA in October / November 2020. Click here to see important program- related dates on their website.

Program duration

Once you have been accepted into the CPA Program*, you have six years to complete the course, including six education subjects and the Your Experience requirement, in order to become a CPA.

Depending on your prior study and work experience, you may gain recognition toward Your experience requirement.

*See Eligibility section below for details on how to gain entry into the program.

Program delivery

The CPA Program is a flexible distance-learning program that you can complete at your own pace with a range of interactive online study tools. Students are also supported with professional resources and tutorials, as well as study groups.

Scholarship inclusions

There are five 100% scholarships available, which will entitle recipients to enrolment into the six CPA Program subjects, valued at approximately $7,740. The scholarship award does not cover completed subject fees prior to receiving the scholarship, Foundation subjects (if required), deferral fees or CPA membership fees.

Guidance for applicants

The scholarships will be awarded each November. They are effective from the date awarded and will be tenable for six years, subject to the satisfactory progress by the recipients towards the completion of the CPA Program.

The scholarship does not require the recipient to render any service to the donors.

Key scholarship dates

Applications openWednesday 9 September 2020
Applications closeWednesday 14 October 2020
Scholarships awardedby Monday 23 November 2020
Semester one beginslate January 2021 (date TBC)
Semester two beginsAugust 2021 (date TBC)

Please reserve important dates in your calendar.

Who should apply

Managers and financial officers of registered charitable organisations Australia-wide.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible to apply for a scholarship, applicants must:

provide evidence that they are currently employed as managers or financial officers at registered charitable not-for-profit organisations
have at least 12 months full-time (or part-time equivalent) accounting work experience and be currently employed at least 17.5 hours per week

be Associate members of CPA Australia or assessed as eligible* to join CPA Australia at Associate level:

To enrol in the CPA Program, applicants must hold as a minimum an Australian bachelor’s degree that is accredited by CPA Australia or an overseas bachelor’s degree that CPA Australia has assessed as being comparable to an Australian bachelor’s degree.

fulfil ASF’s general eligibility requirements available on our FAQs page

*Scholarship applicants will be assessed for entry into the CPA Program through their scholarship application. Please ensure you have supplied the correct documentation to support your application.

More information

For more information about the CPA Program, please visit CPA Australia’s website or attend an upcoming information session. For any queries regarding the CPA Program or eligibility requirements, contact CPA Australia via [email protected].

Have application questions? Check our FAQs page for answers to the most common questions. Or if you need assistance with the application process, please contact us.