Accounting is a diverse profession that includes anything from accounts clerks to auditing. Let’s look at some of the accounting jobs in available in Canberra, as well as the courses and qualifications required to secure your position.
Accounting clerks perform similar functions to bookkeepers, although their range of tasks and level of responsibility is greater. This means they reconcile invoices, make payments, prepare bank reconciliations, prepare records of costs, monitor cost variations, provide cost estimates and allocate expenditure to certain accounts. Accounts Clerk courses in Canberra include Certificate I through IV in Financial Services, Certificate III in Accounts Administration and Diploma of Accounting.
A Systems Accountant reviews a company’s financial and accounting systems, identifies problems and comes up with solutions that will refine the processes and improve the company’s bottom line. In addition to understanding all the intricacies of accounting, systems accountants must also be intimately familiar with accounting record keeping and data capturing systems and all available accounting and bookkeeping software so that they can tailor solutions to suit each company’s needs. They often work as consultants rather than for one particular firm. Systems accounting courses in Canberra should include study units on business analysis, automated accounting systems, financial management, and project management. Qualifications required include an accounting, business, finance or even IT degree and membership of relevant accounting associations.
This is a very interesting field that is growing in popularity. Forensic accounting is what brought Al Capone to his knees. It plays a vital role in fighting modern crime, especially considering that almost all crime has some sort of money trail. These days, that trail is largely digital, so forensic accountants need to be intimately familiar with all sorts of accounting software packages and other software systems that can be used to decipher intricately constructed transactions and transfers. Given the field’s highly specialised nature, forensic accountants need to have highly specialised qualifications. Postgraduate diplomas are the bare minimum but master’s or doctor’s degrees are infinitely preferable.
Accounting course providers in Canberra include:
- Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT), which offers an Advanced Diploma of Accounting with courses in interpreting and using financial statistics and preparing complex financial reports; and Certificate IV in Accounting (Bookkeeping), which includes courses on how to establish cash accounting and payroll systems and how to set up a computerised accounting system.
- University of Canberra, which, together with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, offers a Scholarship for its Bachelor of Accounting course.
- Bookkeeping Institute of Australia, which offers online courses available in Canberra and which include Introduction to Bookkeeping & Accounting, Start Your Own Bookkeeping Business Program, and Certificate III in Accounts Administration.