Accountants analyse, evaluate and report on financial matters for organisations, businesses and individuals. This includes providing advice on the financial health of their clients or employers by examining data such as profit and loss statements, budgets and automated financial systems.
Within an organisation, an Accountant may be involved in making key business decisions as part of a strategic team. Accountants working with individuals may be required to prepare financial statements and lodge tax returns.
As an Accountant, it will be compulsory for you to be familiar with Australian taxation law in order to ensure legal compliance in business transactions.
Career opportunities and fields of specialisation for Accountants include roles such as:
An Accountant’s day-to-day tasks can vary depending on their area of specialisation or place of employment. Some of the typical daily tasks for an Accountant may include:
To learn about the skills, traits and qualifications you’ll need as an Accountant, read our tips on how to become an Accountant.
Accountants usually work during weekday business hours in an office environment. However, during busy periods, such as the end of the financial year, an Accountant may be expected to work increased hours including evenings and weekends in order to complete a higher volume of work and meet deadlines.
A CPA (Certified Practising Accountant) is the professional title for members of CPA Australia.
A CA (Chartered Accountant) is an internationally-recognised professional designation for members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICA).
ICA and CPA Australia are two of the largest accounting bodies in Australia, and both require their members to undergo continued professional development. Both CAs and CPAs work across commercial and public accounting.
Most medium to large accounting firms require an Accountant to be a CA, as the content of this program is more tailored towards working in an accounting firm environment.
The CPA program may be appropriate for those working in the accounting industry outside of a firm, or in small to medium sized accounting firms.