As a bookkeeper, you put together the records of financial transactions in account books and digital accounting systems. You evaluate the records and reports any irregularities.

You may prepare business tax entitlements and obligations such as goods and service taxes (GST) or business activity statements (BAS).

Work is usually in an office, with freelance bookkeepers often able to work from home.  



  • Office Work

A typical day may involve:

  • keeping financial records
  • monitoring cash flow and lines of credit
  • preparing financial statements
  • creating and analysing the budget and expenditure reports
  • using account books, ledgers and accounting software packages or cloud accounting systems
  • preparing invoices, purchase orders and bank deposits
  • reconciling accounts against monthly bank statements
  • verifying recorded transactions and reporting any irregularities to management

It helps to be good at:

  • maths and accounting 
  • communicating clearly
  • being organised 
  • attention to detail
  • using technology

Qualifications/pathway options:

  • Cert IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping 
  • Diploma of Accounting 


  • Bachelor of Accounting 

You may be able to work in:

  • Construction
  • Manufacturing 
  • Professional Services 

Related Roles

  • Cost Clerk 

  • Office Manager 

  • Accounts Clerk 


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