Macquarie's Accounting Co-op Program for partners

Macquarie's Accounting Co-op Program for partners

Bachelor of Professional Practice and Bachelor of Professional Accounting

Our Accounting Co-op program is a highly competitive course in which high-achieving students alternate between classroom studies and workplace experience in the form of three placements of three to six months each. By offering talented students professional experience within your workplace, you’ll not only gain fresh perspectives from the brightest young minds, but also foster their comprehensive education and career preparation.

Co-op partners

We’re delighted to be partnering with the following organisations for the Accounting Studies Co-op program.

Current Accounting Co-op partners

3MBerryEarnst and YoungEcholab
LeadenhallMazarsMetcashPKFKelly Partners

Claire Liang

2019 Accounting Co-op Student

“Macquarie’s Accounting Co-op provides valuable practical skills and connections with industry leaders which will strengthen my accounting and business knowledge and prepare me for the workplace of the future.”

Claire Liang

2019 Accounting Co-op Student

“Macquarie’s Accounting Co-op provides valuable practical skills and connections with industry leaders which will strengthen my accounting and business knowledge and prepare me for the workplace of the future.”

Program Structure

Students alternate between classroom studies and workplace experience in the form of placements, one up to three months and two longer placements up to six months over a four-year course. These workplace experiences will offer opportunities for students to develop professional skills and networks and bring their practical experience back to the classroom to further enhance their studies.

Students will graduate with practical knowledge, strong professional networks and enhanced employability in their chosen field.

The table below gives an overview of the sequencing for placements in the Accounting Studies Co-op program.

Bachelor of Professional Practice curriculum

The professional practice component of the program consists of four core units taken over the course of the four-year Co-op program.

Year 1st year Session 2 1st year Session 3 3rd year Session 1 3rd year Session 2
BPP Unit Code PROF1001 PACE2001 PACE3001 PACE4099
BPP Unit Name Introduction to Professional Practice Professional Practice Placement 1 Professional Practice Placement 2 Advanced Professional Practice and Reflection
Delivery Classroom-based, career identity, professional expectations In coordination with 3 month placement In coordination with 6 month placement In coordination with 6 month placement
Credit Points 10 cp 10 cp 30 cp 30 cp

Financial commitment

The Accounting Co-op has been developed as an employment model.  Students have a direct employment relationship with Co-op partners while on placement. Co-op partners pay students directly at market rate while they are on placement with their organisation.

How are Co-op students selected?

Co-op students are selected based on academic merit and an assessment of their motivation, qualities and skills.

Applicants must meet all the criteria:

  • completing or have completed the HSC (or equivalent)
  • show a genuine interest and motivation to enter the accounting profession
  • be active in school and/or community activities
  • be able to demonstrate exceptional communication, teamwork, problem solving, innovation, service and leadership skills
  • be an Australian/New Zealand citizen or permanent visa holder
  • be expecting or have achieved a minimum selection rank of 95.00 (which includes a maximum of 5 Educational Access Scheme adjustment points, if eligible).

Student applications are open from April to September.

Partner with us

To find out how you can engage with our brightest students, contact:

To find out how you can engage with our brightest students, contact:

Co-op and Internships team
T: +61 2 9850 1839
E: coopandinternships@mq.edu.au

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