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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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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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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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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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Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping

The certificate prepares you to work in the accounting industry in roles such as a BAS Agent or contract bookkeeper.
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Bachelor of Commerce

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Latest Bookkeeper reviews

Latest reviews from 79 Bookkeepers surveyed on SEEK
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May 2021
being an Accountant requires lot of attention to details and most of the time it is an energy draining job, but I like the challenge
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Accounting
Experience
Less than a year
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Accounts Management
The good things
Doing multi tasks every day in dynamic environment, being hands on job
The challenges
Time management and prioritising is vital, as time is always scarce
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May 2021
Bookkeeping is very rewarding but sometimes office politics can be damaging on your mental health
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Bachelor of Commerce
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Management accounting
The good things
Applying procedures to generate balanced transactions and investigating transactions that do not reconcile
The challenges
Sitting down all day is not a healthy lifestyle choice
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