Job Description

A Bookkeeper is responsible for recording and maintaining business financial records.  They ensure a company’s incomings and outgoings are monitored and reconciled.  These include purchases, expenses, sales revenue, and transactions which are recorded in the company’s books and in relevant financial and record keeping software.  A Bookkeeper is responsible for reconciling the company’s financial accounts against bank statements, typically on a monthly basis. They also produce financial statements and other financial reports for Supervisors and Managers.  They may manage accounts payable and receivable duties, credit card processing and reconcilations, payment processing and other administrative tasks related to the finance division.  Their role at a company varies by the size and nature of the business. 



In some small businesses the role of Bookkeeper may be incorporated alongside other administrative duties.  However, for larger and more structured organisations it may assist you to gain the following certifications and qualifications:

  • BAS Agent Registration
  • Certificate IV in Bookkeeping
  • Certificate IV in Accounting

Most roles will require you to have at least 2-5 years experience and relevant experience with the finance software used by that organisation.  You may be undertaking tertiary qualifications with a longer term goal to pursue a career in Accounting. 

Bookkeeper Man


  • Accountability
  • Accuracy
  • Analytical
  • Attention to Detail 
  • Autonomy
  • Communication
  • Ethical 
  • Finance Knowledge 
  • Industry Expertise
  • Integrity
  • Interpersonal
  • Organisational
  • Reliable
  • Self-Motivation
  • Team Player
  • Trustworthy

Key Skills

  • Account Reconciliation
  • Accounting Practices
  • Accounting Software
  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Administration 
  • Bank Reconcilations
  • Budgeting 
  • Compliance Software 
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Database Reporting Software
  • Data Analysis 
  • Finance
  • Financial Reporting 
  • Financial Statements
  • Information Technology 
  • Legislation
  • Management
  • Payment Processing
  • Policies and Procedures 
  • Professional Development 
  • Spreadsheet Knowledge
  • Systems Analysis
  • Team Work

Future Prospects

You may like to think about moving on from this career, some transferable skills can be utilised in roles such as;

  • 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