Finance for Non-Financial Managers

Confidently read and interpret key financial reports.

Understand key accounting concepts and issues surrounding analysis of financial performance.

Develop skills to critically assess your organisation's financial situation - the opportunities for improvement and issues to be addressed.

  • What is covered in the course?

    • Interpret and understand financial information with confidence
    • Apply financial analysis when making management decisions.
    • Read and understand the three key financial accounting reports- the Balance Sheet, Profit and Loss Statement and Statement of Cash Flows.
    • Use financial information to assess an organisations financial health including identification of weaknesses and opportunities.
    • Clearly understand internal budget/actual reports.
  • Should I attend?

    This course suits middle to senior managers and professionals:

    • public or private sector managers responsible for the management of people and/or resources, requiring a better understanding of the concepts and issues surrounding analysis of financial performance
    • middle-to-senior managers with little or no formal finance or accounting qualifications.

  • How will I benefit?

    You will gain:

    • an understanding of key accounting principles that contribute to financial reports
    • approaches and tools to interpret and analyse key financial metrics
    • skills to develop effective budget documents
    • increased confidence in financial decision making and financial implications of operational and strategic decisions.

  • How will my organisation benefit?

    Your organisation will gain:

    • enhanced understanding of the financial environment of the organisation
    • informed staff who can improve their strategic and operation decision making through an increased understanding of business finance.

    Need customised training for your organisation?

    Contact our team to discuss customising this course to meet your needs.


  • AQF Equivalence, Articulation Pathways CPD Points and Certification

    • Gain credit into the Professional Management Program by completing this course and its assessment
    • The course offers pathways into the Adelaide MBA as part of the Professional Management Program
    • You will receive a soft copy University of Adelaide Certificate of Completion.
    • This PACE course may contribute to earning Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points or credit. Many professional associations accredit CPD at a standard rate of 1 hour of professional development / learning=1 CPD point. This should be used as a guide only and confirmation should be sought from your accrediting body prior to registration in any PACE course or program.

What will I receive as part of this course?

  • course materials (PDF copy for tablet on request)
  • certificate of Completion and training record
  • refreshments during the day, including a light lunch on full day courses for in person attendance
  • post course evaluation.

What should I bring to the course?

Our courses are designed to be work-related and interactive. Please bring current workplace examples related to this topic for use on the day.

Available course dates:

  • Thursday 25 & Friday 26 August, 2022 (8:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

    Course Start Date: Thursday 25 & Friday 26 August, 2022 (8:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
    Location: L 7, 10 Pulteney St. Adelaide
    Dr Christopher Graves BA, MEc, PhD, CA

    Chris is a Chartered Accountant and has been involved in accounting education for the last 15 years. Prior to joining the University of Adelaide Business School, Chris worked as an accountant in a number of different fields, including public practice, the banking sector, and the manufacturing sector. He is currently the chair of the audit & compliance sub-committee of a medium-sized not-for-profit organisation. Through his experience in industry and education, Chris has developed the ‘knack’ for teaching ‘financial literacy’ to those with a ‘non-finance’ background in an engaging and effective manner.

    Schedule number: 7867
    Required fees: Price
    Registration (GST Free)$1,850.00
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