Job Description

Last updated 02/06/2020

Accountants make sure all money transactions are accurate and that all these transactions are legal by following up-to-date guidelines. They can work full-time for a company, or on a contractual basis to do the books or tax returns. They can also work for individuals to help with their financial decisions, tax returns, or other money-related issues.



A bachelor degree in the field of accounting is required to be eligible for entry into any of the three professional accounting bodies that regulate and accredit the accounting industry in Australia. These are generally three-year courses, open to anyone over 17 years who has completed year 12 with an appropriate Universities Admission Index.

Complete a Bachelor degree in the field of accounting. This could be a Bachelor of Accounting or a Bachelor of Accounting and Finance.

Alternatively, complete a postgraduate qualification, such as a Master of Professional Accounting. This is a two-year degree for students with previous tertiary qualifications.

Apply to participate in a Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) program or apply to become a member of a recognised accounting institution, such Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ).


  • Communication Skills
  • Business acumen and interest
  • Thoroughness
  • Written Communicator
  • Self-Motivation
  • Autonomy
  • Analytical
  • Integrity
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Ability to reflect on one's own work as well as the wider consequences of financial decisions

Key Skills

  • Chartered Accountancy
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Business
  • Team Work
  • Organisational skills and ability to manage deadlines.
  • Proficiency in IT

Future Prospects

Jobs directly related to your qualification include:

  • Chartered accountant
  • Chartered certified accountant
  • Chartered management accountant
  • Chartered public finance accountant
  • Company secretary
  • External auditor
  • Forensic accountant
  • Stockbroker


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