Accounting clerks or bookkeepers record the day-to-day financial transactions of an organisation.  The accounting clerk is responsible for ensuring all transactions, including sales, receipts and payments are recorded.  They also reconcile invoices and dispatch payments.

Where accounting clerks are employed

Accounting clerks or bookkeepers work in a wide range of industries, including finance, property, business services, manufacturing and government. Job opportunities depend on the state of the economy, the growth of new businesses and the level of computerisation of financial procedures. Many bookkeepers are self-employed, subcontracting to private companies.

Part-time, temporary and contract employment is becoming more common. Competition for some positions may be strong.


Full-time accounting clerks in South Australia generally earn between $800 and $999 per week.

Graph of pay scales for accounting clerks

Job prospects

In 2011 there were 4,721 people employed full-time as accounting clerks in South Australia compared with 3,938 in 2006.

How to become one

To become an accounting clerk or bookkeeper you usually have to complete a vocational education and training (VET) qualification in bookkeeping or accounts administration.

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You can also become an accounting clerk or bookkeeper through a traineeship in bookkeeping or accounts administration. Entry requirements may vary but employers generally require at least year 10.  For more information see traineeships. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.

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