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.
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
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Informal or on-the-job
JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. The latest data are for the five years from November 2021 to November 2026. Over this period, the number of workers:
- is expected to grow moderately
- is likely to reach 130,500 by 2026.
Source: Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections to 2026.
Notes: The number employed includes people who work in this occupation as their main job. People who work in more than one job are counted against the occupation they work the most hours in.
Employment projections figures are rounded to the nearest 100. Calculations based on these rounded figures may result in differences to the numbers that are displayed on this page. Employment projections data (including occupations) can be downloaded from the Employment Projections page.
Number of Workers
Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, ABS seasonally adjusted data to November 2021 and Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections to 2026.
Earnings and hours
Around 66% of people employed as Accounting Clerks work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is the same as the all jobs average.
Full-time workers work an average of 41 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Median full-time earnings are $1,250 per week, this is much lower than the all jobs median ($1,593):
- 3 in 4 workers earn more than $1,081
- 1 in 4 earn more than $1,532
Median hourly earnings are $33, this is lower than the all jobs median ($41 per hour).
Sources: Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average. Full-time median earnings and median hourly earnings: ABS, Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021. Compared to all jobs median.
Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)
|Earnings||Accounting Clerks||All Jobs Average|
Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. 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.
Accounting Clerks work in industries like:
Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2021.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Accounting Clerks||All Jobs Average|
Around 68% of Accounting Clerks live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
- Australian Capital Territory
- Melbourne - West
- Sydney - North Sydney and Hornsby
- Sydney - Inner South West
- Melbourne - South East.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Accounting Clerks is 44 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 45 to 54 years.
Females make up 81% of the workforce. This is 33 percentage points above the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Accounting Clerks||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||4.2||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
Formal qualifications are not essential to work as an Accounting Clerk. Although some workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification or university degree in accounting, business administration, banking and finance, management and commerce, secretarial and clerical.
- Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
- ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
- My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
- AAPathways website to explore Financial Services VET training pathways.
Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Accounting Clerks||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||7.2||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||12.6||12.5|
Source: 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.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Accounting Clerks who can work well with others, communicate as part of a team and have good computer literacy.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Reading work related information.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Talking to others.
Using maths to solve problems.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
41%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
41%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
37%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Looking for ways to help people.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
36%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
Teaching people how to do something.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
54%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
47%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
47%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
41%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
29%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
27%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
22%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
20%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
20%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
17%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
12%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
4%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Listen to and understand what people say.
Read and understand written information.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Write in a way that people can understand.
Communicate by speaking.
52%Working with numbers
Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.
Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.
50%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
41%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Remember things like words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
See details that are far away.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
65%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
63%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
62%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
61%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
59%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
58%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
53%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
53%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
53%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
51%Managing payments and orders
Monitoring and controlling resources and the spending of money.
50%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
49%Making sense of information and ideas
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
49%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
47%Providing office support
Doing day-to-day office work such as filing and processing paperwork.
44%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
40%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
40%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
40%Negotiating and resolving conflicts
Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.
40%Training and teaching others
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
Interests and demands
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.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Talk on the telephone.
96%Repeating same tasks
Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.
94%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
Use electronic mail.
89%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
88%Spend time sitting
Spend time sitting at work.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
Talk with people face-to-face.
83%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
81%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
Work to strict deadlines.
78%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
Work with people in a group or team.
75%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
74%Letters and memos
Write letters and memos.
70%Making repetitive motions
Spend time making repetitive motions.
67%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
67%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
Deal with conflict or disagreements.
58%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
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