Assistant Accountant

Job Description

An Assistant Accountant serves as a vital link within the finance department, bridging the gap between routine administrative tasks and maintaining financial integrity. Their role is multifaceted, encompassing a range of responsibilities essential to the smooth operation of the accounting function.  At the core of their duties lies meticulous attention to detail, ensuring that every transaction is accurately recorded and accounted for. From processing invoices to reconciling bank statements, an Assistant Accountant meticulously tracks financial movements, guaranteeing the accuracy and completeness of financial records.  One of their primary responsibilities is managing accounts receivable and accounts payable, records of payments and invoices. They are entrusted with handling periodical payroll processing.  Bank reconciliations is another crucial aspect of the role, comparing financial records with bank statements to identify and rectify any discrepancies, ensuring financial accuracy and integrity.  Moreover, they play a key role in supporting financial audits, collaborating with auditors to provide accurate documentation and ensure compliance with regulatory standards. Beyond routine tasks, Assistant Accountants also contribute to the generation of financial reports, providing valuable insights into the organisation's financial health. They assist in preparing sales reports, cash flow forecasts, and end-of-month and end-of-year financial reports, providing management with essential data for decision-making.  To excel in their role, Assistant Accountants must possess a strong understanding of accounting principles and payroll processes. They must demonstrate impeccable attention to detail, coupled with excellent time management skills to effectively prioritise and manage multiple tasks. In essence, they are the unsung heroes of the finance department, ensuring that financial operations run seamlessly and efficiently.



Being an Accounts Assistant is one of the first steps you can take towards forging a successful career in accounting or finance.

The pathway to becoming an Assistant Accountant does not require formal qualifications or training, but experience in a prior accounting related role or completion of some qualifications may strengthen your application. 

Looking at what training most Accountants have undergone gives some clues on what type of training you could undertake.  Their qualifications may include: 

  • Diploma or Certificate IV in Business
  • Diploma or Certificate IV in Accounting
  • Bachelor Degree in Accounting and Finance  
  • Working towards a CA or CPA qualification 
  • 2+ years experience in your industry
  • 2+ years experience of the industry or company 



  • Accountability
  • Accuracy
  • Analytical
  • Autonomy
  • Businesss Acumen
  • Creativity 
  • Communication
  • Ethical 
  • Industry Expertise
  • Integrity
  • Interpersonal
  • Financial Expertise 
  • Organisational
  • Reliable
  • Self-Motivation
  • Team Player
  • Trustworthy

Key Skills

  • Account Reconciliation
  • Accounting Practices
  • Accounting Software
  • Attention to Detail
  • Compliance Software 
  • Critical Thinking 
  • Database Reporting Software
  • Data Analysis 
  • Finance
  • Financial Reporting 
  • Financial Statements
  • Information Technology 
  • Legislation
  • Management
  • Microsoft Office 
  • Policies and Procedures 
  • Professional Development 
  • Spreadsheet Knowledge
  • Systems Analysis
  • Team Work
  • Time Management 

Future Prospects

Jobs directly related to your qualification include:

  • Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
  • Financial Controller
  • Management Accountant
  • Specialised Accounting Roles
  • Accountant
  • Graduate Accountant
  • Assistant Accountant
  • Bookkeeper
  • Accounts Payable Officer
  • Accounts Receivable Officer
  • Payroll Officer