Management Accountants provide services relating to performance-based financial reporting, asset valuation, budgetary systems, cost management, pricing, forecasting and the strategic governance of organisations.

Specialisations: Carbon Accountant, Product Accountant.

Qualified and registered Accountants can specialise as Management Accountants by completing a Certificate of Business Accounting through the Charted Institute of Management Accountants. Accountants can gain qualifications through VET (Vocational Education and Training) or university.

Tasks

  • 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, undertaking 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.

More about Accountants

All Accountants

  • $1,660 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Management Accountants

  • 5,200 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 88% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 38 years Average age
  • 52% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Management Accountants (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 3,700 in 2011 to 5,200 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Location: Management Accountants work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: They work in many industries such as Public Administration and Safety; Manufacturing; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (88%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 38 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 52% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Public Administration and Safety13.7
Manufacturing12.2
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services10.9
Financial and Insurance Services9.9
Other Industries53.3

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateManagement AccountantsAll Jobs Average
NSW36.831.6
VIC26.425.6
QLD16.020.0
SA5.67.0
WA10.610.8
TAS1.22.0
NT0.81.0
ACT2.51.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketManagement AccountantsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.1-5.05.0
20-241.8-9.39.3
25-3434.9-22.922.9
35-4436.0-22.022.0
45-5418.2-21.621.6
55-594.7-9.09.0
60-643.2-6.06.0
65 and Over1.1-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationManagement AccountantsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate27.9-10.110.1
Bachelor degree60.2-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma6.1-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV2.0-21.121.1
Year 123.0-18.118.1
Year 110.2-4.84.8
Year 10 and below0.6-12.512.5

Qualified and registered Accountants can specialise as Management Accountants by completing a Certificate of Business Accounting through the Charted Institute of Management Accountants. Accountants can gain qualifications through VET (Vocational Education and Training) or university.

You must also be registered with one of Australia's three peak accounting bodies.

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

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Employers look for Accountants who can connect with others, communicate clearly and are well presented.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Economics and Accounting

    79% Skill level

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

  2. Clerical

    76% Skill level

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

  3. Mathematics

    70% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. Computers and Electronics

    62% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  5. Customer and Personal Service

    60% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Being Exact or Accurate

    96% Important

    How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

  2. Telephone

    94% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

  3. Electronic Mail

    93% Important

    How often do you use electronic mail?

  4. Indoors, Heat Controlled

    93% Important

    How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

  5. Repeating Same Tasks

    93% Important

    How important is it to repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping?

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 13-2011.01 - Accountants.

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