Accounts Clerks monitor creditor and debtor accounts, and undertake related routine documentation. They may work in call centres.

Also known as: Accounts Payable Clerk or Receivable Clerk.

Specialisations: Audit Clerk, Investment Accounting Clerk.

You can work as an Accounts Clerk without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Accounts Clerks.

Tasks

  • Prepares and processes documentation related to accounts payable and receivable.
  • Reconciles invoices and dispatches payments.
  • Calculates, analyses and investigates the costs of proposed expenditure, wages and standard costs.
  • Prepares bank reconciliations.
  • Allocates expenditure to specified budget accounts.
  • Summarises expenditure and receipts.
  • May work in a call centre.

More about Accounting Clerks

All Accounting Clerks

  • $1,190 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Accounts Clerks

  • 93,300 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 63% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 40 hours Average full-time
  • 44 years Average age
  • 86% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Accounts Clerks (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 97,700 in 2011 to 93,300 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very large occupation.
  • Location: Accounts Clerks work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: They work in many industries such as Construction; Manufacturing; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (63%, similar to the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 40 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 44 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 86% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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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)
Construction10.0
Manufacturing9.4
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services8.9
Wholesale Trade8.8
Other Industries62.9

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.
StateAccounts ClerksAll Jobs Average
NSW32.931.6
VIC25.425.6
QLD19.620.0
SA6.77.0
WA11.010.8
TAS1.62.0
NT0.91.0
ACT1.91.9

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 BracketAccounts ClerksAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.8-5.05.0
20-245.0-9.39.3
25-3421.7-22.922.9
35-4425.0-22.022.0
45-5426.2-21.621.6
55-5910.3-9.09.0
60-646.9-6.06.0
65 and Over4.2-4.24.2

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 QualificationAccounts ClerksAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate7.3-10.110.1
Bachelor degree19.2-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma15.3-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV14.8-21.121.1
Year 1223.4-18.118.1
Year 116.7-4.84.8
Year 10 and below13.2-12.512.5

You can work as an Accounts Clerk without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Accounts Clerks.

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

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Clerical

    70% Skill level

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

  2. Economics and Accounting

    54% Skill level

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

  3. Mathematics

    54% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. English Language

    50% Skill level

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

  5. Computers and Electronics

    47% Skill level

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

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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, 43-3031.00 - Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

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

  1. Telephone

    97% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

  2. Repeating Same Tasks

    96% Important

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

  3. Being Exact or Accurate

    94% Important

    How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

  4. Electronic Mail

    92% Important

    How often do you use electronic mail?

  5. Indoors, Heat Controlled

    89% Important

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

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 43-3031.00 - Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks.

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