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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.

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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 as the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) or the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia (ICAA).

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What skills are employers looking for?

Employers want

  • Taxation
  • Tax planning
  • Certified chartered accountant
  • Auditing
  • Written skills

Shortlisted applicants

  • Ms office proficiency
  • Certified practicing accountant
  • Team work
  • Thoroughness
  • Time management
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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

Latest reviews

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Sep 2019
Accountant is a challenge job, but I like it.
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Commerce
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Corporate Accountant
The good things
Working hour is very flexible. I have more chance to talk to high level management.
The challenges
As finance only have few people, lots of work needs to be done on time, especially for month end closing. Overtime is Inevitable.
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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 very varsity job, and I'm loving it
Reviewer's Qualification
Advanced Diploma of Accounting
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Financial Accountant
The good things
I love my job, always busy, still give you a nice life balance. Anywhere I worked staff respect you as I can help them with admin part or with payroll. Make me to feel special
The challenges
To meet all deadlines and be updated with Government's changing rules
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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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Aug 2019
Intermediate accountant is for those who are ambitious and forward-looking
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Accounting
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Tax Accounting
The good things
It is rewarding to be an intermediate accountant as people regard you as an expert of the profession and would approach you for advice (non-financial investment). Plenty of opportunities to continuing...
The challenges
A major challenge is the ability to communicate effectively with the stakeholders. How to articulate an idea or explain a concept concisely according to the audience is a skill that always has room fo...
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Aug 2019
Accounting is a daily routine job but I love to do it.
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Finance
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Accountant
The good things
the good thing is to help internal and external users to understand accounting figures as the accountant like a translator who explains the finance result of an entity to people who need to know about...
The challenges
the good thing is to help internal and external users to understand accounting figures as the accountant like a translator who explains the finance result of an entity to people who need to know about...
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Aug 2019
If you have great attention to detail, Tax Accounting might just be the job for you.
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Accounting
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Tax Accounting
The good things
The work is always interesting, varied and can be challenging which keeps you motivated to learn and stay up to date with the changes in laws. Most clients are quite appreciative of your efforts and w...
The challenges
The laws are regularly changing so it is imperative to stay up to date and comply with those changes. Clients that are slow to provide necessary information required to meet Tax Office deadlines can b...
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Aug 2019
Challenge is everywhere, be confident!
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Financial Analysisfi
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Tax accounting
The good things
Basic accounting knowledege will be enhanced. The skill of SOFWARE like Excel MYOB XERO will be promoted. You will use your knowledge to analyse the tax position of customer and create benefits for yo...
The challenges
You need to know law well in the future work as you must know the where the limits is and then you can do chase the best benefits for your clients
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Aug 2019
Accounting can be fun
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Business
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
General company accounting
The good things
Freedom to improve the organisation i work for and the ability to make a difference to its success
The challenges
Management who reject your input or push back against your advice
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Oct 2018
Accountant is the most important role in any company
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Accounting
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Civil Construction
The good things
In the industry you will face various tasks and challenges as well as professional words. Good thing is you will learn from this and feel fulfilled knowledge and skills.
The challenges
Face to more specific and professional techniques
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Working hours for Accountants

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Weekends
Shift work
Late nights
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