Accountant (General) 221111

Accountants plan and provide accounting systems and services relating to taxation and the financial dealings of organisations and individuals and advise on associated record-keeping and compliance requirements.

Accountant (General) 221111

Accountants plan and provide accounting systems and services relating to taxation and the financial dealings of organisations and individuals and advise on associated record-keeping and compliance requirements.

Occupation Overview for Accountant (General)

Unit Group

2211

Skill Level

In Australia and New Zealand

Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor’s degree or higher qualification. In some instances, relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).

Tasks Include

· Assisting in formulating budgetary and accounting policies.

· Preparing financial statements for presentation to boards of directors, management, shareholders, and governing and statutory bodies.

· Conducting financial investigations, preparing reports, undertaking audits, and advising on matters such as the purchase and sale of businesses, mergers, capital financing, suspected fraud, insolvency and taxation.

· Examining operating costs and organisations' income and expenditure.

· Providing assurance about the accuracy of information contained in financial reports and their compliance with statutory requirements.

· Providing financial and taxation advice on business structures, plans and operations.

· Preparing taxation returns for individuals and organisations.

· Liaising with financial institutions and brokers to establish funds management arrangements.

· Introducing and maintaining accounting systems and advising on the selection and application of computer-based accounting systems.

· Maintaining internal control systems.

· May appraise cash flow and financial risk of capital investment projects.

Other Related Occupations in 2211 Unit Group

221111 Accountant (General)

221112 Management Accountant

221113 Taxation Accountant

Accountant (General) 221111

Alternative Title

None

Skill Level

1

Tasks Under this Occupation

Plans and provides systems and services relating to the financial dealings of organisations and individuals and advises on associated record-keeping and compliance requirements. Registration or licensing is required.

Specialisations

Financial Analyst

Insolvency Practitioner

Management Accountant 221112

Alternative Titles

Cost Accountant

Financial Accountant

Skill Level

1

Tasks Under this Occupation

Plans,reviews and administers accounting systems and procedures, analyses the financial information needs of organisations, provides advice on financial planning and risk management, and provides management with reports to assist indecision-making. May provide insight into cost performance and support the implementation of bench marking and improvement initiatives. Registration or licensing is required.

Specialisations

None

Taxation Accountant 221113

Alternative Titles

Taxation Agent

Taxation Consultant

Skill Level

1

Tasks Under this Occupation

Designs, develops, modifies, documents, tests, implements, installs and supports software applications and systems.

Specialisations

Database Designer

Systems Architect

Skills Assessment Authority for Accountant (General)

Applicants nominating ‘Accountant’ occupation, can obtain their skills assessment from the following Skills Assessment Authorities:

CPA Australia (CPAA)

If you’re planning on migrating to Australia or New Zealand, you will need to perform a skills assessment to determine if you meet skilled migration visa requirements. As an authorised assessing authority, CPA Australia conduct skills assessments to ensure that your qualifications and experience match the required standard of the industry in your chosen country.

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ)

CAANZ is approved by the Department of Home Affairs to conduct skills assessments for accounting occupations. It provides the following type of assessments:

Provisional skills assessment for recent graduates of Australian Education Institutions applying for a Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485) - Graduate Work Stream.

Full (permanent) skills assessment for General Skilled Migration (GSM), Temporary Skill Shortage and Employer Sponsored visas (Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List).

Skilled employment assessment (optional) - You may be eligible to claim skilled employment points in your visa application.

Institute of Public Accountants (IPA)

IPA is approved by the Australian Government's Department of Home Affairs to offer skills assessments for this occupation. It provides the following type of assessments:

Qualification’s Assessment.

Skilled employment assessment.

485 Skills Assessment for international students who have recently completed an Australian degree.

Qualifications Required for Accountant (General)

To become a fully qualified Accountant, you must have completed a degree level qualification recognised by CPAA, CAANZ or IPA. A degree recognised must be atleast equivalent to Australian bachelor’s degree level. To determine whether your qualification is comparable to an Australian degree, Skills Assessment Authorities uses standards issued by the Australian Department of Education, Skills and Employment and other international benchmarks.

Although some international qualifications are called bachelor's or master's degrees, they don’t always meet Australian Skills Assessment Authorities standards. This is because higher education standards and frameworks vary significantly around the world.

The following are some of the qualifications you can study to fulfill the academic requirements for this occupation:

1. Bachelor of Commerce

2. Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)

3. Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance)

4. Master of Accounting (Professional)

5. Master of Commerce

6. Master of Commerce (Accounting)

7. Master of Commerce (Finance)

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