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Accountant (General) Career Information

Occupation statistics

157,600 accountants in Australia1

39,242 accountants in Victoria (24.9%)1

Average gross weekly earnings AUD$1,2652

Average weekly hours 40.93

View the Job Outlook website for career and labour market research information on this occupation.

A young, Asian accountant walking to work

Licensing and registration

Licensing is only compulsory for accountants wishing to work as tax agents. Please contact the Tax Practitioners Board for further information.

Tax Practitioners Board

PO Box 9825

Penrith NSW 2740

Telephone: 1300 362 829



Think about applying for licensing and registration before you arrive in Australia, once you have your visa, as the process can take some time.

Industry contacts

Professional bodies and industry associations are a good source of information about accountants in Victoria.

  • CPA Australia conduct qualifications assessments as well as providing professional development activities and other resources.
  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants plays a role in determining professional and educational standards. The ICAA administers the chartered accountants program as well as providing technical training.
  • The Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) has over 20,000 members. It offers qualifications assessments and provides professional development activities and business support; focussing on small to medium sized practitioners.  
  • Invest Victoria has strong links to the financial services sector.

Finding a job

Accountants are employed across several industries including: Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Financial and Insurance Services; Manufacturing; Public Administration and Safety; and Wholesale Trade.3


We suggest that you only apply for jobs when your visa to live and work in Australia has been issued. The visa application process can take time, and employers are less likely to employ you if you don’t know when you will arrive in Australia and don’t have a work visa.

To search for Victorian recruiters who specialise in accountants, visit the Recruitment and Consulting Services Association's Member Index.

For more general information on Victoria’s job market, including where and how to find jobs, and workplace culture, visit our Working and Employment section.

Migrating to Victoria

If you are not an Australian citizen you will need a visa to enter Australia. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) is responsible for all Australian visas.

Some visas require state nomination.  Victoria offers state nomination for eligible skilled migrants and business migrants

Australian skills assessment 

For information on obtaining an Australian skills or qualification assessment, and the licensing or registration requirements for practicing your occupation in Australia, see the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

1 Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Job Outlook – Occupation pages – Employment levels. Retrieved February 29 2012 from

2 Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Job Outlook - Occupation pages. Retrieved February 29 2012 from Please note that wages will vary according to your level of skill and qualification. For more information about your wage earning potential, visit the job seeker sites listed in the Finding a Job section.

3 Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Job Outlook - Occupation pages - Prospects for Employment. Retrieved February 29 2012 from