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.
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.
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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How to become an Assistant Accountant
- Undertake study in accounting, economics or finance. This may be a Diploma of Accounting (FNS50215) or a Bachelor of Business (Accounting).
- 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.
- Assistant Accountants with experience can work towards becoming a financial accountant or a management accountant.
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