How to become a Bookkeeper

Bookkeepers record and put together summaries of the financial transactions of a business or other organisation for management purposes.

Personal requirements of a Bookkeeper

  • Aptitude for working with numbers
  • Good organisational skills
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Able to meet deadlines
  • Good communication skills

Education & Training for a Bookkeeper

To become a bookkeeper you usually have to complete a VET qualification in bookkeeping or accounts administration. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a bookkeeper through a traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For further details, visit

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

relatively steady

Employment by state:

ACT 2.1%

NSW 32.2%

NT 0.7%

QLD 22.8%

SA 6.3%

TAS 2.2%

VIC 23.1%

WA 10.6%

Hours worked:



below average

Gender split:

Male 18.9%

Female 81.2%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 1%

Not completed Year 12: 18.8%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 21.1%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 14.9%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 16.7%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 20.9%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 6.5%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 29.4%

Above 35 years: 70.5%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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