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Accountant

Provide financial expertise and advice to individuals and organisations.

What's it like to be an Accountant?

Accountants help individuals and organisations manage their finances, tax credits and obligations, and give advice on compliance and record management. Accountants may choose to specialise and become Management Accountants, Taxation Accountants, Trust Accountants, Systems Accountants, Fund Accountants or Company Accountants.

Accountant

Tasks and duties

  • Examine the income and expenditure of the individual or organisation.
  • Create and maintain budgets.
  • Prepare financial statements.
  • Create accounting policies in consultation with senior stakeholders and in alignment with regulatory requirements.
  • Prepare reports that articulate business compliance with regulatory requirements.
  • Undertake audits, conduct financial investigations and manage insolvency.
  • Provide advice about business plans, structures and accounting systems.
  • Establishing bank accounts, funds and trusts.
  • Manage cash flow.
  • Manage investment projects.
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Accountants may work in the public sector, for large or small organisations, or for individual clients. A Bachelor degree or higher is usually required to become an Accountant. Additional certification may also be needed.

Accounting is generally suited to people who are good with numbers and those who are highly organised. Because Accountants have to deal with a wide range of people, it is also important to be able to connect with others and be able to communicate clearly.

What can I earn as an Accountant?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for an Accountant is between $55k and $65k
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How to become an Accountant


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A bachelor degree in the field of accounting is required to be eligible for entry into any of the three professional accounting bodies that regulate and accredit the accounting industry in Australia. These are generally three-year courses, open to anyone over 17 years who has completed year 12 with an appropriate Universities Admission Index.

  1. Complete a Bachelor degree in the field of accounting. This could be a Bachelor of Accounting or a Bachelor of Accounting and Finance.
  2. Alternatively, complete a postgraduate qualification, such as a Master of Professional Accounting. This is a two-year degree for students with previous tertiary qualifications.
  3. Apply to participate in a Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) program or apply to become a member of a recognised accounting institution, such Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ).

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How do Accountants rate their role?

Latest reviews from 11 Accountants surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.4
Job satisfaction
4.5
Career progression opportunities
3.9
Job security
4.4
Pay / Salary
3.4
Variety of work
4.4

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Aug 2019
Accounting is difficult to get to membership but i fell its the only prefession i can persue in the world!
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Accounting
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
payables,receivables
The good things
You get to be respected though you occupy a junior position As a passionate accountant everything get so interesting every time you do it
The challenges
Tight deadlines Sometimes superiors who do not know IFRS Year end pressure
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Aug 2019
Accounting is a steady job but not as rewarding as it seems
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Teaching (Secondary)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Tax Accounting
The good things
There’s a lot of positives about being an accountant, including an abundance of employment opportunities, working 9-5 and having most weekends off, the busy period is in July - September so your abili...
The challenges
So, get ready for fairly repetitive tasks, and a very poor starting salary. If you want to progress at all within your organisation, you’re going to need to study your cpa/ca and then you’re going to...
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Working hours for Accountants

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What are the job opportunities for Accountants?

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National increase over next 5 years *
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