Institute of Certified Bookkeepers

The Australian Government Job Outlook reports on various job prospects, including bookkeepers:

“Bookkeepers maintain and evaluate records of financial transactions in account books and computerised accounting systems”.

The Job Outlook website links directly to Job Search vacancies.  The website also has a lot more detail showing statistics and information for requirements such  as skills, knowledge, abilities, interests, work environment, work values, tasks.  There is also more information on average hours, employment by state, educational attainment and other statistics.

Main Tasks

  • Keeping financial records
  • Maintaining and balancing accounts
  • Preparing and producing financial statements, budget and expenditure reports
  • Preparing invoices, purchase orders and bank transactions
  • Reconciling accounts against independent statements
  • Verifying transactions and reporting irregularities to management
  • Preparing and lodging ATO forms such as Business Activity Statement
  • Payroll

Job Prospects

The Job Outlook data is updated annually and is compiled from national statistics.

  • Currently there are over 111,000 people employed in bookkeeping (as at November 2014).
  • Current projections to November 2019 estimate more than 50,000 bookkeeper job openings, with a total of over 120,000 employed.
  • Employment rates for bookkeepers have remained relatively steady over the last five years.
  • The average earnings for an employed bookkeeper is $1,000 per week, slightly less than the average across all industries.
  • The main industries employing bookkeepers currently are Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, and Construction and Manufacturing.

Personal Requirements

  • Aptitude for working with numbers
  • Good organisational and time management skills
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Able to meet deadlines
  • Good communication skills
  • Understanding of the needs of the business owner


  • Updated: 19th August, 2015