Bookkeepers record and put together summaries of the financial transactions of a business or other organisation for management purposes.
Duties & Tasks
Bookkeepers may perform the following tasks:
- receive and record invoices and arrange payment
- prepare and send invoices to debtors
- check and process loan applications
- calculate and distribute wages and salaries
- prepare regular reports and summaries of accounting activities
- prepare financial statements and debtors' listings
- check customers' credit ratings
- verify recorded transactions and report irregularities to management
- prepare reconciliations of accounts.
BAS (Business Activity Statement) Agent
A bas (business activity statement) agent prepares the books and records of a business to assist in the completion of BAS obligations, including those relating to payroll. They also prepare and lodge Business Activity Statements and provide advice relating to tax obligations.
A collection officer keeps records of people who are behind in payments, prepares reports of loans and accounts that have amounts owing and forwards these on for legal action.
A costing clerk calculates and investigates wages, materials, overheads and other operating costs.
A payroll officer calculates, prepares and processes wages, taking into account overtime and deductions such as tax, the Medicare levy, health insurance payments and superannuation.
In larger organisations, a bookkeeper's duties may be divided among a number of different positions.
- aptitude for working with numbers
- good organisational skills
- able to work as part of a team
- able to meet deadlines
- good communication skills.