Assistant Accountant

Job Description

An Assistant Accountant supports the finance department, Accountant, and management team by completing routine clerical and accounting tasks.  They ensure that particular accounts, payments and bank reconciliations are accurately and efficiently processed.

An Assistant Accountant also maintains records of payments, processing invoices, processing periodical payroll, bank reconcilations, accounts receivable, petty cash, expense claims and credit card reconciliations.  They assist with financial audits and ensuring financial records are accurate thorughout the year.  They support the preparation of sales reports, cashflow reports, end of month and end of year reporting.

As an Assistant they are required to possess a strong understanding accounting and payroll processes, with high level attention to detail and good time management skills.   



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