Accountants analyse, report and give advice about the financial dealings of organisations and individuals, and advise on associated record-keeping and compliance requirements.
Duties & Tasks
Accountants may perform the following tasks:assist with the formulation of budgetary and accounting policiesprepare financial statements for presentation to boards of directors, management, shareholders and statutory bodiesconduct financial investigations, undertake audits, prepare reports and advise on such matters as the purchase and sale of businesses, mergers, financing, suspected fraud, insolvency and taxationexamine the income and expenditure of institutionsprovide assurance about the accuracy of information contained in financial reports and their compliance with statutory requirementsprovide financial and taxation advice about business structures, plans and operationsliaise with bankers and brokers to establish funds management arrangementsadvise on the selection and application of computer-based accounting systemsappraise cash flow and financial risk of investment projects.
Accountants may work on their own or with other accountants. Accountants in private practice have a high level of public contact. Some positions involve travel, which is often interstate or overseas.
- good communication skills good presentation skills able to build rapport with clients able to analyse and solve problems good organisational skills discretion when dealing with confidential information professional and ethical able to work as part of a team.