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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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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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Bachelor of Accounting

This degree will prepare you for employment in a range of professional roles in the Accounting industry.
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Master of Professional Accounting

This qualification provides you, if you come from a non-accounting background, with the skills to work in a range of professional accounting roles.
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Bachelor of Business (Accounting and Finance)

This degree provides you with a strong foundation in business, accounting and finance, preparing you for a range of roles.

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Is Accountant the right role for me?


How do Accountants rate their role?
Average ratings calculated from 69 Accountants surveyed on SEEK
Work-life balance
4.1
Job satisfaction
3.9
Career progression opportunities
3.9
Job security
4.2
Pay / Salary
3.6
Variety of work
4.0

Job market trends for Accountants
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Accountant jobs on SEEK
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Latest Accountant reviews

Latest reviews from 63 Accountants surveyed on SEEK
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Jun 2021
Being an accountant is challenging but rewarding if you are passionate about accounting
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Accounting
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Tax, Accounting
The good things
An accountant get lots of respect and trust as there's a lot of responsibility involved in working with people's finance. Meeting tight and demanding deadlines requires an accountant to be resilient a...
The challenges
Accountants must be precise and deadline-oriented. Even the smallest mistake in a financial ledger or tax form can have catastrophic consequences for a company, leaving it exposed to financial penalti...
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May 2021
Accounting is hard at first but once you understand it, you'll find it enjoyable.
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
General Accounting
The good things
The good things Experience in wide areas of accounting. I am able to do the general accounting, audit and even tax remittances.
The challenges
Challenges Deadlines are non negotiable, especially during audit season.
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