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Overview

Find Out If A Career In Bookkeeping Will Satisfy You:

A career in Bookkeeping might not be for everybody, but if you enjoy the satisfaction of organising data, and you like to pay attention to details, you’ll probably thoroughly enjoy this type of career. 

You’ll need to maintain and balance accounts, keep financial records, and monitor cash flow and credit lines.  You’ll also need to prepare reports, statements and budgets, and be able to use relevant software to carry out your tasks. 

This is a very responsible position requiring precise and detailed work, but it’s one that holds a very promising outlook and will be ideal for those of you out there who like to put your attention into the details - you’ll like it even more if you enjoy numbers. 

Job Opportunities

Think that a number-crunching Bookkeeping Career is for you? Here are a few more facts (taken from Payscale) that you’ll enjoy.

  • This is a massive industry with opportunities all over Australia.
  • The role of Bookkeeper is relevant to all industries.
  • Qualifications or specialist courses will be required to work in this industry.
  • Salaries are higher than average and increase with experience. The current average is approximately AU $41,000  - $74,000 depending upon experience and location.
  • There are plenty of opportunities for part-time work too.

Types of Courses

You’ll need to hold a Certificate II or III with ideally one year's relevant experience to enter into this industry.  Which can sometimes be obtained while undertaking on the job training.

Short Courses:

A short course will help you understand the basics of what is required in a career in bookkeeping.  They are perfect for showing you around and introducing you to the types of skills and knowledge you’ll need to develop.

Short Courses can last around 3 to 7 weeks and can focus in on a variety of niche topics.

Certificate II Courses: 

Certificate II Courses are the entry-level courses to Book-Keeping and alongside a Certificate III are usually a prerequisite.   This type of course will give you more detail and insight into the basics of bookkeeping so that you can build up substantial foundations in preparation for the more advanced courses. 

Certificate III Courses:

It will take around one year to complete a Certificate III, and at the end, you’ll have developed skills proficient enough to work under supervision in a Book Keeping or Bookkeeping Assistant role. 

Certificate IV Courses:

This level course will allow you to be recognised by the Tax Practitioners Board as somebody who holds the qualifications to become a registered BAS Agent, which is crucial and very useful when working independently as an unsupervised BookKeeper.

Career Outcomes

Release your inner zen by organising the books of a business.  A career in Bookkeeping is perfect for those who find peace in organisation and small details.  Here are some of the opportunities you might enjoy in the bookkeeping field: 

  • Bookkeeper
  • Payroll Officer
  • Bank Officer
  • Accounts Clerk
  • Employee Bookkeeper
  • BAS Agent
  • General Accounts Assistant
  • Accounts Payable Officer
  • Accounts Receivable Officer
  • Taxation Compliance Officer
  • Accountant
  • Assistant Accountant
  • Taxation Officer
  • Payroll Clerk
  • Trainee Accountant
  • Account Support Clerk
  • Administration Clerk
  • Contract Bookkeeper
  • view all