Study accounting courses in Australia

You might think that accounting is all about boring number-crunchers in grey suits, but this is far from the truth. While accountants do have to be accurate with numbers and in the advice they give to people, the profession has otherwise well and truly outgrown this bean-counting image.

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These days, there is less labour intensiveness at the number-crunching end and more room for accountants to have an impact on business strategy and management. Accountants play an active role in the business world and can work in any industry or sector. They can choose between large firms, smaller private practices, government, not-for-profit organisations, schools, arts organisations — you name it. The field covers many different workplaces, roles and specialisations (auditing and insolvency, cost and management accounting, business consultancy, foreign exchange and taxation among them) and there is much call for skill in making deals, getting on with people and thinking in big strategic terms. Many accountants take advantage of their transferable skills and spend time working overseas.

At the other end of the spectrum, with accountants acting as the glue in the all-important ‘accountability’ framework, some come off as the bad guys in high-profile corporate scandals. But for aspiring professionals, this controversy only highlights the reasons for the fairly exhaustive requirements of professional certification. In Australia, to become a member of the main professional associations (see details below), you will need to go through a program that begins with an accounting major in an accredited university course, followed by further study and mentored practical experience.

For further information about the accounting professions, including professional registration, see the CPA Australia , Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and Institute of Public Accountants websites.

Other fields of study likely to appeal to someone interested in accounting include business and management , mathematics and economics .