Accountant (General)

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.
Training time 6 months - 2 years
Average pay $91,366
Employment prospects Strong
Employment size 49,400

How do I become an Accountant (General) in Victoria?

To work as an Accountant (General) in Victoria, you'll need:
  • Diploma of Accounting
  • Or

  • Advanced Diploma of Accounting
  • Recommended

  • Completion of Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or equivalent
  • Strong numeracy skills
  • Experience working in a similar role (e.g. Payroll Clerk, Accounts Payable Clerk, etc)
  • Registration with Institute of Public Accountants (IPA)

What does an Accountant (General) do?

  • Assists in formulating budgetary and accounting policies
  • Prepares financial statements for presentation to boards of directors, management, shareholders, and governing and statutory bodies
  • Conducts financial investigations, prepares reports, undertakes 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 organisations' income and expenditure
  • Provides assurance about the accuracy of information contained in financial reports and their compliance with statutory requirements
  • Provides financial and taxation advice on business structures, plans and operations
  • Prepares taxation returns for individuals and organisations
  • Liaises with financial institutions and brokers to establish funds management arrangements
  • Introduces and maintains accounting systems, and advises on the selection and application of computer-based accounting systems
  • Maintains internal control systems


  • Financial Analyst
  • Insolvency Practitioner

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Diploma of Accounting
Advanced Diploma of Accounting