Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Law

Managing facultyLaw
Abbreviated titleGradCertAcctg
Total credit points required24
Standard duration of study (years)1 year PT
Study mode and locationOff-campus (City (Melbourne))
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Coordinator Postgraduate Admissions and Publications Email: Telephone: +61 3 9903 8500

Course coordinator

Professor The Honourable George Hampel AM QC


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • This course is not available to international student visa holders.
  • Part-time study only


This postgraduate course has been developed for accountants by the Monash University Forensic Studies Program in conjunction with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA), the Australian Advocacy Institute (AAI), and the forensic accounting community. It has both a conceptual and practical emphasis, particularly relevant to the interaction between the accounting and legal professions and the court process. The course is aimed specifically at professionals, and has been developed for accounting practitioners who may be involved in litigation. It will be especially beneficial for those who are called upon to give expert evidence in the courts, and it is designed to provide minimal disruption to professional practice and to encourage attendance by practitioners from all states.


On completion of the Graduate Certificate in Forensic Studies (Accounting), students should be able to:

  • explain the role and responsibilities of the expert witness within the adversary system
  • prepare reports
  • analyse and prepare evidence to be given at trial
  • give evidence at trial
  • identify and apply the basic rules relating to the assessment of damages.

Professional recognition

This course is recognised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia as a suitable program of study to count towards membership Training and Development qualifying hours.


The course comprises four compulsory six-point units.


Students complete:

  • LAW7281 The expert witness in the adversary system
  • LAW7282 Pre-trial analysis and preparation
  • LAW7283 Loss, causation and damages
  • LAW7284 The expert witness in the courtroom


Graduate Certificate in Forensic Studies (Accounting)