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Provide essential services to businesses, including maintaining accurate records of financial transactions and producing financial statements.

Invest in your future in the finance industry

Working as a Bookkeeper, you'll be highly valued in the business world. Armed with practical skills and knowledge for a wide range of financial services such as payroll and financial adminstration, you'll be ready to work for any sized organisation across multiple sectors. You'll also have your foot in the door of the accounting world, if you want to take the next step and explore becoming an Accountant.

Key stats

Bookkeepers provide an important role in supporting businesses, and report high levels of job satisfaction. Here are some key facts and figures about this career path:

  • $1,234

    Average weekly salary

  • 42 hrs

    Average hours worked per week

  • 48 yrs

    Average age of people in this career

  • Multi-region

    Jobs available in metro and rural areas

  • ~100,200

    People employed in this industry

  • 33%

    Of employees are full time

  • Average

    Unemployment for this industry

  • Medium

    Skill level required for this career

Stats as of November 2021, not including any impacts of COVID-19. Sources:;

Core skills of a Bookkeeper

Working as a Bookkeeper, you’ll have specialised skills in account administration and finance. Some of the core skills of Bookkeepers include:

Keeping financial records

You'll also be responsible for maintaining and balancing accounts.

Monitoring cash flow and lines of credit

Record transactions such as income and outgoings, and post them to various accounts.

Preparing and producing financial statements

Create and lodge Business Activity Statements (BAS) on behalf of clients or organisations.

Preparing invoices, purchase orders and bank deposits

Produce various financial reports and conduct daily banking activities.

Start here

Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping

Online or traineeship

Employment as a Bookkeeper

Once you’ve completed your Certificate IV

Diploma of Accounting

Blended learning

Employment as an Assistant Accountant/ Accounts Officer

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in accounting at university-level to become a fully qualified Accountant in a senior role.

For more information about studying to become a Bookkeeper, get in touch with one of our Course Coordinators. They'll help you understand your study options and match the right course with your goals.

Why choose GOTAFE?

Passionate trainers

Our Business and IT trainers have decades of experience in the accounting, bookkeeping, and finance industry and are dedicated to helping you succeed.

Accredited courses

Get a recognised qualification with a Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping, allowing you to get straight into the workforce after graduation.

Flexible training options

Many of our courses have components that can be completed online, allowing you to balance study and life.

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