Accounting Clerks monitor creditor and debtor accounts, undertake related routine documentation, and calculate and investigate the cost of wages, materials, overheads and other operating costs.

A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed. Around one in four workers have Year 12 as their highest education level. Even with a qualification, further experience or on-the-job training is sometimes required.

Tasks

  • preparing and processing documentation related to accounts payable and receivable
  • reconciling invoices and despatching payments
  • calculating, analysing and investigating the costs of proposed expenditure, wages and standard costs
  • preparing bank reconciliations
  • allocating expenditure to specified budget accounts
  • summarising expenditure and receipts
  • preparing records of standard costs and values for items such as raw materials and packaging supplies
  • recording cost variations and contract price movements
  • compiling cost data for preparation of operating budgets, and profit and loss calculations
  • investigating the costs of proposed expenditures, quotations and estimates
  • preparing reports of total costs, inventory adjustments, selling prices and profits
  • may work in a call centre

Job Titles

  • Accounts Clerk
  • Cost Clerk
  • Accounts Clerk (also called Accounts Payable Clerk or Receivable Clerk)

    Monitors creditor and debtor accounts, and undertakes related routine documentation. May work in a call centre.

    Specialisations: Audit Clerk, Investment Accounting Clerk

  • Cost Clerk

    Calculates and investigates the cost of wages, materials, overheads and other operating expenses.

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $1,071 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    stable
  • Skill Level

    Certificate II or III
  • Employment Size

    137,400
  • Unemployment

    average
  • Male Share

    17.0%
  • Female Share

    83.0%
  • Full-Time Share

    62.9%

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This is a very large occupation employing 137,400 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has stayed about the same.
Little change in the number of jobs is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create more than 50,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • Accounting Clerks work in most parts of Australia.
  • They work in many industries. Some of the main industries are: Construction; Manufacturing; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
  • Full-time work is fairly common. Full-time workers, on average, work 36.6 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $1,071 per week (below the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The average age is 43 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years) and around 5 in 10 workers are aged 45 years or older.
  • Around 8 in 10 workers are female.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was similar to the average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
2005111700
2006114500
2007117300
2008115800
2009132800
2010135300
2011138600
2012152500
2013141400
2014130200
2015137400
2020133900

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsAccounting ClerksAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings10711230

Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryAccounting ClerksAll Jobs Average
Full-time62.968.4
Part-time37.131.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)36.640.0

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Construction11.5
Manufacturing11.4
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services10.8
Wholesale Trade8.9
Other Industries57.4

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateAccounting ClerksAll Jobs Average
NSW32.531.8
VIC23.325.5
QLD21.219.8
SA6.46.8
WA11.711.2
TAS2.02.0
NT1.01.1
ACT1.81.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketAccounting ClerksAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.3-5.45.4
20-246.6-9.99.9
25-3423.1-23.423.4
35-4424.8-21.721.7
45-5423.6-21.121.1
55-5911.1-8.78.7
60-646.3-5.95.9
65 and Over4.1-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryAccounting ClerksCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males17.0Males53.6
Females83.0Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationAccounting ClerksAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate6.7-8.68.6
Bachelor degree18.5-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma17.5-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV15.0-18.918.9
Year 1223.5-18.718.7
Years 11 & 1016.3-17.717.7
Below Year 102.5-8.18.1

A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed.
Around one in four workers have Year 12 as their highest education level. Even with a qualification, further experience or on-the-job training is sometimes required.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Accounting Clerks who can work well with others, communicate as part of a team and have good computer literacy.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Clerical

    80% Important

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  2. Mathematics

    74% Important

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  3. English Language

    73% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  4. Economics and Accounting

    70% Important

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  5. Customer and Personal Service

    69% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Getting Information

    88% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  2. Interacting With Computers

    88% Important

    Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  3. Processing Information

    83% Important

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  4. Documenting/Recording Information

    79% Important

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  5. Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work

    76% Important

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

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