Taxation Accountants analyse, report and provide advice on taxation issues to organisations or individuals, prepare taxation returns and reports, and handle disputes with taxation authorities.
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.
May appraise cash flow and financial risk of capital investment projects.
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
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Earnings and hours
Around 72% of people employed as Taxation Accountants work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 6 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 45 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Taxation Accountants||All Jobs Average|
Around 77% of Taxation Accountants live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.
New South Wales has a large share of employment relative to its population size.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
- Sydney - North Sydney and Hornsby
- Melbourne - Inner
- Sydney - Inner South West
- Perth - North West
- Melbourne - Inner 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 Taxation Accountants is 42 years. This is similar to the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 25 to 34 years.
Females make up 50% of the workforce. This is similar to 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||Taxation Accountants||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||9.5||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
The minimum qualification needed to work as a Taxation Accountant is a diploma of accounting. However, the majority of Taxation Accountants have a bachelor degree in accounting or a related field majoring in accounting.
Registration with one of Australia's three peak accounting bodies is required.
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Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Taxation Accountants||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||26.5||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||1.8||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 Accountants who can connect with others, communicate clearly and are well presented.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Reading work related information.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Talking to others.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
45%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Using maths to solve problems.
Looking for ways to help people.
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.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
Teaching people how to do something.
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.
39%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
25%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
63%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
56%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
53%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
47%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
44%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
38%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
32%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
29%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
27%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
26%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.
20%Sociology and anthropology
Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
18%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
18%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
17%Philosophy and theology
Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Listen to and understand what people say.
Read and understand written information.
Communicate by speaking.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
52%Working with numbers
Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.
Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
45%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Write in a way that people can understand.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
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.
41%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
74%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
71%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
69%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
66%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
64%Providing office support
Doing day-to-day office work such as filing and processing paperwork.
63%Working with the public
Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.
62%Making sense of information and ideas
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
59%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
59%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
59%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
58%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
56%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
53%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
51%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
51%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
51%Giving expert advice
Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.
49%Scheduling work and activities
Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
47%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
47%Negotiating and resolving conflicts
Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.
38%Guiding and directing staff
Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.
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.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
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.
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.
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.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
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.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
97%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
Talk on the telephone.
96%Spend time sitting
Spend time sitting at work.
92%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
90%Repeating same tasks
Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.
Use electronic mail.
Talk with people face-to-face.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
85%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
84%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
84%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
80%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
76%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
Work to strict deadlines.
70%Letters and memos
Write letters and memos.
Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.
64%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
61%Consequence of error
Work where mistakes have serious consequences.
61%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
59%Automation of tasks
Do tasks that are mostly automated.
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