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Bookkeeper

Provide essential services to businesses, including processing and recording financial transactions.

What's it like to be a Bookkeeper?

Bookkeepers are responsible for maintaining accurate records of financial transactions and producing financial statements. This may include preparing and lodging Business Activity Statements (BAS) for taxation purposes.

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Tasks and duties

  • Recording the financial transactions of a business in bookkeeping software, spreadsheets or databases.
  • Preparing and sending invoices and receipts to debtors.
  • Processing payroll and maintaining employee records.
  • Reporting irregularities in data to management.
  • Producing balance sheets, income statements and other financial documents.
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Bookkeepers usually work in small to medium sized businesses across a variety of industries. The scope of a Bookkeeper’s role and day-to-day tasks may vary based on the size of the business.

What can I earn as a Bookkeeper?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Bookkeeper is between $55k and $65k
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How to become a Bookkeeper


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Bookkeepers that provide BAS services for a fee must be registered with the Tax Practitioners Board. To apply for BAS Agent registration, you’ll need to complete at least a Certificate IV level qualification, such as the Certificate IV Accounting and Bookkeeping (FNS40217).

  1. Complete a qualification, such as a Certificate IV Accounting and Bookkeeping (FNS40217) or Diploma in Accounting (FNS50217) in a TAFE institution.
  2. Complete suitable GST and BAS units, which can be included as part of the Certificate IV course, as well as work experience supervised by a BAS Agent.
  3. Apply to the Tax Practitioners Board to register as a BAS Agent.

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How do Bookkeepers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 39 Bookkeepers surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.3
Job satisfaction
4.3
Career progression opportunities
3.5
Job security
3.9
Pay / Salary
3.7
Variety of work
4.1

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Aug 2019
I enjoy solving problems and working with numbers, so I am very happy in my position.
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in Information Technology Networking
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Book Keeper
The good things
Diverse role , keeping you stimulated and on the ball. Defined job description allows you have control over your time spent, minimal interruptions as you are focusing on the back ends working of a bus...
The challenges
Fixing errors when reconciliation is out, fixing issues when our third party applications don't round gst correctly, assisting the accountant with various adjustments.
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Aug 2019
Bookkeeping - pedants of the world, unite!
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in Financial Services (Bookkeeping)
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Payroll HR
The good things
Bookkeeping is great if you're the sort of person who likes a RIGHT answer. It's rewarding to realise you're doing a job that helps others in the organisation do THEIR job - because you're looking aft...
The challenges
Unfortunately, even though bookkeepers are essential to a well-run business, they are usually not remunerated in a way that reflects the hard work they do.
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What are the job opportunities for Bookkeepers?

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-2%
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