ANZSCO 221111

Accountants (General)

EMPLOYED

139,100

PART-TIME SHARE

21%

FEMALE SHARE

54%

MEDIAN WEEKLY EARNINGS

N/A

MEDIAN AGE

40

ANNUAL EMPLOYMENT GROWTH

N/A

Accountants (General) provide services relating to compliance-based financial reporting, auditing, insolvency and accounting information systems, and advise on associated record-keeping requirements.

  • Assists in formulating budgetary and accounting policies
  • Prepares financial statements for boards of directors, management, shareholders, and governing and statutory bodies
  • Conducts financial investigations, prepares reports, undertaking audits and advises on matters such as the purchase and sale of businesses, mergers, capital financing, suspected fraud, insolvency and taxation
  • Examines operating costs and income and expenditure
  • Provides assurance about the accuracy of information contained in financial reports and compliance with statutory requirements
  • Provides financial and taxation advice on business structures, plans and operations
  • Prepares tax returns
  • Manages funds
  • Introduces and maintains accounting systems, and advises on the selection and application of computer-based accounting systems
  • Maintains internal control systems
  • May appraise cash flow and financial risk of capital investment projects
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    Hours worked

    Source: ABS, 2021 Census of Population and Housing based on place of usual residence.
    Hours worked Accountants (General) All Occupations
    Share of workers who work full-time hours 75% 59%
    Average full-time hours worked per week 43 hours 44 hours

    Industries

    Accountants (General) work in industries like:

    Source: ABS, 2021 Census of Population and Housing based on place of usual residence.

    States and territories

    New South Wales

    38.0%

    Victoria

    28.0%

    Queensland

    15.6%

    South Australia

    5.5%

    Tasmania

    1.3%

    Northern Territory

    0.5%

    Australian Capital Territory

    2.0%

    Source: ABS, 2021 Census of Population and Housing based on place of usual residence.

    Age and gender

    Age and Gender Profile
    Source: ABS, 2021 Census of Population and Housing based on place of usual residence.
    Age and Gender Accountants (General) All Occupations
    Median age 40 years 40 years
    Female share of employment 54% 49%
    Source: ABS, 2021 Census of Population and Housing based on place of usual residence.
    Age Profile (% Share) All Occupations Accountants (General)
    15–19 5.2 0.3
    20–24 9.1 6.1
    25–34 22.7 27.7
    35–44 22.3 28.8
    45–54 20.4 20.1
    55–59 8.8 6.9
    60–64 6.5 4.6
    65 and Over 4.9 5.5

    Education

    Registration with one of Australia's three peak accounting bodies is required.

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    Source: ABS, 2021 Census of Population and Housing based on place of usual residence. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study).
    Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Note: the sum of the educational attainment categories may not add up to 100% due to the exclusion of non-descriptive categories such as not stated responses.
    Highest Level of Educational Attainment (% Share) All Occupations Accountants (General)
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 12.2 28.8
    Bachelor degree 23.2 56.7
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma 11.1 5.8
    Certificate III/IV 19.5 1.9
    Year 12 15.9 3.9
    Year 11 4.0 0.3
    Year 10 and below 9.7 0.6
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