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Assistant Accountant

Provide support to Accountants and finance teams by processing payments and preparing financial statements.

What's it like to be an Assistant Accountant?

An Assistant Accountant supports senior Accountants and the wider finance team by processing payments and invoices, preparing financial statements, budgets and accounts.

Assistant Accountant

Tasks and duties

  • Prepare, process and reconcile accounts, invoices, payments and month-end reporting, including profit and loss statements.
  • Assist with GST and BAS lodgement, as well as budgeting and forecasting reports.
  • Support senior staff members as required and liaise with external accountants and shareholders.
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Assistant Accountants are important members of a finance team and are predominantly responsible for finalising month-end and year-end accounts and reports.

Attention to detail is very important for Assistant Accountants, as is being organised, and having strong computer software skills in Excel and accounting packages.

What can I earn as an Assistant Accountant?

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Assistant Accountant roles in AUS are typically advertised between $50k and $70k
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How to become an Assistant Accountant


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Being an Assistant Accountant is usually regarded as the first step in a career in accounting or finance. To work as an Assistant Accountant in Australia a degree in accounting isn’t required, but qualifications in accounting, economic or mathematics may be highly regarded by employers.

  1. Undertake study in accounting, economics or finance. This may be a Diploma of Accounting (FNS50215) or a Bachelor of Business (Accounting).
  2. Work towards entry into one of the three professional accounting bodies that regulate and accredit accountants in Australia - the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA), CPA Australia (CPA) and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ). A bachelor degree in accounting is the minimum qualification for entry into CPA and CA ANZ, whereas the IPA requires at least a Diploma or Advanced Diploma of Accounting.
  3. Assistant Accountants with experience can work towards becoming a financial accountant or a management accountant.

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Diploma of Accounting

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Bachelor of Commerce

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Latest Assistant Accountant reviews

Latest reviews from 52 Assistant Accountants surveyed on SEEK
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May 2021
Like dealing with numbers as they don't complain, and always tell you stories about something
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Commerce
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Finance
The good things
Take various tasks and always something new to learn
The challenges
How to step out of comfort zone
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May 2021
Accounting is a optional career for who wants continuing professional development
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Accounting
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Financial Accounting
The good things
Accounting jobs need to be more attentive to details and time management if you are interested in figure and accounting tasks, then Accounting jobs may be one of the good options for you. As many rout...
The challenges
There are many requirements for accounting jobs not only tax compliance but also management purpose. If you are a junior accountant, you must learn quickly about updated tax compliance, and standard a...
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