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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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The most common annual salary in AUS for an Assistant Accountant is between $65k and $75k
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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

This diploma will provide you with the skills needed to find employment in professional accounting roles in the financial services industry.
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Bachelor of Business (Accounting)

This qualification provides you with a background in business topics as well as the opportunity to specialise in accounting.

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How do Assistant Accountants rate their role?

Latest reviews from 23 Assistant Accountants surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.2
Job satisfaction
4.1
Career progression opportunities
3.8
Job security
3.9
Pay / Salary
3.7
Variety of work
3.9

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Oct 2018
Assistant Accountant is a theatre for you to archive your dream, no matter how big your dream is, it is possible to have it success.
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Commerce
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Human Resources
The good things
There is always opportunities coming up as an assistant accountant, dynamic developments and explorer of new ideas in the business. Giving a platform for you to learn and experience is most important ...
The challenges
It is unpredictable challenges as it comes to different situations day to day operations. You will be able to solve the problems and make important judgement as your manager not be there available for...
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Oct 2018
Being an accounts assistant encapsulates paying attention to detail, meeting deadlines and having good accounting foundations.
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Commerce
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Finance
The good things
The satisfaction I get when matching off bank statement transactions with the relevant ledger transactions. Data entry of transactions as is quite simple and easy to do. When the journal entries crea...
The challenges
Chasing up other staff members to finalise transactions in order for you to match them off. When there are too many transactions for you to process and having to meet deadlines with month end. Reviewi...
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Working hours for Assistant Accountants

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