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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.

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.
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?

The most common salary  for a Bookkeeper is between $55k and $65k
Source: SEEK job ads and SEEK Profile data

How to become a Bookkeeper

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 in Bookkeeping (FNS40215).
  1. Complete a Certificate IV level qualification, such as a Certificate IV in Bookkeeping (FNS40215) or Certificate IV in Accounting (FNS40615) 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.

Explore bookkeeping qualifications

Find out where you can complete a bookkeeping qualification, including online study options.

Duration 5 mths - 2 yrs
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What skills are employers looking for?

Employers want:

  • Written skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Self motivation
  • Reporting
  • Interpersonal skills

Shortlisted applicants have:

  • Ms office proficiency
  • Payroll experience
  • Team work
  • Administration
  • Customer centricity
Source: SEEK job ads and SEEK Profile data

How do Bookkeepers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 40 Bookkeepers surveyed on SEEK

Latest reviews

5 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV Financial Services
Experience
10+ years
Specialisation
Small/Medium Private Business
The good things
I love being able to help small/medium businesses in the day to day tasks of their business. I enjoy being able to setup new procedures to streamline tasks and make processes more efficient. I enjoy b...
The challenges
Sometimes you might face ‘push back’ from clients not wanting to change; even though you can see more efficient ways to do tasks. You may also encounter businesses with cash flow problems, or ATO debt...
4 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diplma of IT System Administration
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
Whilst many bookkeeping functions must be actioned daily, monthly and yearly, so much of the day to day work involves some investigation and discovery. This makes every day a challenging and varied wo...
The challenges
You must be organised and have good attention to detail. It is also important to be aware of deadlines - you will encounter a fair few!
4 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
HSC
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
I enjoy the place l work at the owners are great. I get satisfaction from my work
The challenges
Having all the information needed to complete your work
5 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Accounting
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
The good things
Love the variety in different aspects of accounting, from journals to back reconciliation to Payroll, just the chance to make decisions and cost choices
The challenges
Deadlines, financial cut off times. Financial Close off l. You will need to be organised and have great time management
4 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate 5 in Financial Accounting
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
Bookkeeping roles are varied & therefore provide you with an opportunity to constantly learn & be challenged. If you show enough initiative in your role you can start doing duties that would normally...
The challenges
This one is difficult for me to answer because I really love my job. If I have to pick one thing I will say it is perhaps a little challenging meeting deadlines sometimes. Due to Bookkeeping being s...
4 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Business (Professional Accounting)
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
bookkeeper
The good things
It a very detail role, basic but important for each company.
The challenges
Need to deal with a large amount transaction.
4 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
MYOB trained
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
If you're good with numbers then this job will be a breeze. It's all about data entry and making everything match up.
The challenges
There are so many different systems out there. So just when you get the hang of one system someone else will come to you for help, but they will be using a different system. They all do roughly the ...
5 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in financial services
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
Challenging work and is variable
The challenges
Keeping up to date with current regulations
4 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Nil
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
The good things
The good things are a varied workload, there are deadlines to adhere to and is ideal for people who like to further their knowledge base. The role ideally suits the personality type that likes to dot ...
The challenges
The challenges of the role is being able to co-ordinate the work load in line with deadlines and being able to have the information at hand to complete lodgements.
4 out of 5Jun 2018
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
If you enjoy numbers and are fastidious, then this role is great for you! There is a lot of variety and it is very satisfying when the figures reconcile.
The challenges
The pressure is on when the figures don't add up or you have to do the end of month reporting.
Source: SEEK Role Reviews

What are the job opportunities for Bookkeepers?

Find out how the job market is trending

Job opportunities

Bookkeeper jobs on SEEK
Source: SEEK

Projected job growth

National increase over next 5 years
2.1%
2018
2023
Source: LMIP. Bookkeepers
Latest Bookkeeper jobs on SEEK
The HR People
Melbourne > Western Suburbs
This Practice is looking for a high achiever in bookkeeping management...working with the leaders in their industry!
13h ago
Private Advertiser
Sydney > CBD, Inner West & Eastern Suburbs
We are looking for a motivated bookkeeper that can work independently and in a team doing day to day bookkeeping and administration work in Alexandria
Engage Personnel
Melbourne > Northern Suburbs
Amazing opportunity for an experienced Bookkeeper to join a dynamic and trendy boutique chartered accounting practice located in the inner north-west!
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12h ago
Motorway Civil
Sydney > North West & Hills District
Motorway Civil provides Civil services, Earthworks equipment and labour to construction projects across Sydney and NSW.
Source: SEEK job ads and SEEK Profile data
Source: SEEK job ads and SEEK Profile data