Accountants analyse, report and give advice about the financial dealings of organisations and individuals, and advise on associated record-keeping and compliance requirements.

Accountants can specialise in many areas including Financial Accounting, Tax Accounting, Financial Management, Company Accounting or Auditing.

Job Demand: High

Average weekly wage: $1, 404

Where you could work:

Banks/Businesses - NAB, ANZ, Commonwealth Banks, Westpac, Steward Funding

Accounting Firms - PKF

Self Employed 

Accountants do the following tasks:

  • Assist with the formulation of budgetary and accounting policies
  • Prepare financial statements for presentation to boards of directors, management, shareholders and statutory bodies
  • Conduct financial investigations, undertake audits, prepare reports and advise on such matters as the purchase and sale of businesses, mergers, financing, suspected fraud, insolvency and taxation
  • Examine the income and expenditure of institutions
  • Provide assurance about the accuracy of information contained in financial reports and their compliance with statutory requirements
  • Provide financial and taxation advice about business structures, plans and operations
  • Liaise with bankers and brokers to establish funds management arrangements
  • Advise on the selection and application of computer-based accounting systems
  • Appraise cash flow and financial risk of investment projects