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Certificate in Accounts Administration

This course will provide an overview of the accounting equation and the basic principles underlying the double entry system of accounting. It will include but not be limited to the function and purpose of accounting and its key concepts, a look at the principal qualitative characteristics and their effect on financial statements, and the basic and expanded accounting equation and its connection to the double-entry method of accounting.   

This course will take a close look at the difference between the general journal and the general ledger, the chart of accounts, and fundamental rules in respect of when to debit or credit an account. It will include but not be limited to the definition and purpose of general journals, account categories, and how to prepare journal entries.   

This course will provide an introduction to the General Ledger and the Trial Balance, and will include but not be limited to the process of posting source journals to the general ledger, how to calculate closing balances of general ledger accounts, as well as the purpose of a trial balance and how to prepare one.   

This course will provide an introduction and overview of depreciation and will include but not be limited to the purpose of depreciation, how to calculate depreciation and the different calculation methods, as well as how to prepare journal entries using the straight-line method or the diminishing balance method.   

This course will provide an introduction to cash basis and accruals basis accounting concepts, and will include but not be limited to an overview of adjusting entries, a look at the key adjusting entries that need to be made at the end of the financial year, and how to prepare the balance day adjustments for a range of adjusting entries.   

This course will take a close look at the purpose of financial statements, and will include but not be limited to the Profit & Loss Statement and the Balance Sheet and how to prepare these statements, the purpose of inventory and the two common inventory systems, how to prepare journal entries, and how to calculate the year-end stock adjustment.   

This course will provide an introduction to Goods and Services tax (GST) and how this affects small businesses. It will include but not be limited to an overview of GST in Australia, the key terms and basic principles of GST, the obligations a business has once they are registered for GST, how to calculate GST on a product or service as well as how to complete a basic BAS return.   

This course will take a look at the fundamentals of payroll and payroll management concepts, and will include but not be limited to employee record information that must be retained, the purpose of checking payroll data and how to reconcile payroll information, the different types of employees and how to determine the PAYG withholding tax that is to be deducted from wages. 

This course will provide an introduction to accounts payable and receivables and the calculation of the cash conversion cycle. It will include but not be limited to the difference between cash accounting and accrual accounting, how to create journal entries and ledger entries to record a credit sale, a look at doubtful debt as well as creditor and debtor schedules.       

This course will take a close look at the preparation of budgets, forecasts and cash flow management, including but not limited to the purpose of a budget and forecast, the importance and advantages of budgeting, how to prepare a budget and how to compare actual results with analyse variances as well as a look at the cash conversion cycle.   

This course will provide an introduction to the fundamentals of Microsoft Excel, including but not limited to the key functions within the software including formulas, functions and data manipulation, how to add content to spreadsheets as well as formatting styles. 

This course will provide an introduction to the basic functions and features of Microsoft Word, including but not limited to formatting features to improve the look of a short document, how to insert content into a document and how to apply document-processing techniques to manage larger documents.  

Certificate in Xero Payroll

This course will provide an introduction and basic overview of Xero, including but not limited to the benefits of using Xero and cloud computing, the system requirements for Xero, and how to navigate the Xero Dashboard.  

This course will provide an introduction to setting up the Xero Payroll module, and will include but not be limited to how to assign users with payroll administration access, how to create pay calendars, and how to create holiday groups.  

This course will provide a close look at payroll items in Xero, including but not limited to pay item categories, earnings rates, deductions and reimbursement pay items as well as leave items.  

This course will take a look at new employees and leave requests in Xero, and will include but not be limited to setting up employees, entering opening balances, and assigning leave.  

This course will provide an introduction to pay templates in Xero, and will include but not be limited to how to produce new pay templates, how to apply changes to pay templates and how to apply changes to employee earnings.  

This course will take a close look at creating and posting pay runs in Xero, and will include but not be limited to processing pay runs, created unscheduled pay runs, reverting posted pay runs and modifying draft payslips.  

This course will provide an overview of payslips and payroll reporting in Xero, and will include but not be limited to accessing historical payslips for employees and how to locate and produce payroll reports.  

This course will provide an introduction to Employment Payment Summaries, including but not limited to the procedure for reconciliation from payroll to the general ledger, how to prepare payroll for the year end and how to produce employment payment summaries so that they can be filed with the ATO and published to the employee’s secure portal. 

Complete a practical case study based assessment using Xero.  

Certificate in MYOB Payroll

This course will provide an introduction to the MYOB Payroll software, including how to download and install the MYOB AccountRight Trial Software, how to create and activate a company file and how to load tax tables.  

This course will provide an overview payroll categories within MYOB, including but not limited to the process for viewing the wages tab, the process for exempting categories from Tax and Deductions and payroll category classifications available in MYOB AccountRight.  

This course will provide an introduction to employee cards and timesheets in MYOB Payroll, including but not limited to setting up employee cards, how to enter superannuation details for employees and how to review employee timesheets.   

This course will provide an introduction to preparing and processing a pay run in MYOB Payroll as well as employee termination pay. It will include but not be limited to the information required to process employees’ pay, how to process a termination payment and the process for displaying the report that determines outstanding entitlements. 

This course will provide an introduction to payroll liabilities, superannuation and the reporting available within MYOB Payroll. It will include but not be limited to the process for viewing a payroll liability report, the process for paying superannuation amounts for an employee and how to create a superannuation fund for employees. 

Complete a practical case study based assessment using MYOB Payroll.  

Advanced Certificate in Accounting

Receive access to Xero’s official advisor certification. This contains assessment questions to test your knowledge and understanding of Xero, based on what you have learned in the Certificate in Xero, Certificate in Xero Payroll and Advanced Certificate in Xero. This certification is issued by Xero and is a frequent request of employers.

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There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites to enrol into this course. You can enrol online directly by selecting your course and clicking on “Enrol Now” and follow the prompts. Alternatively, you can enrol over the phone with our friendly student advisors. Give them a call on 1800 837 550 or email them at

This course costs $2,450 + GST or only $25 per week on a no deposit, interest free payment plan. Click here to get started now.

This course takes approximately 300 hours, and you’ll have up to 18 months to complete. Study in your own time, at your own pace. Most of The Career Academy courses are designed so that you do one module a week. But if life gets busy you can take longer and even apply for a course extension if you need more time.

Upon the completion of this course, you can obtain a job as an Administrator. These jobs in Australia earn approximately $66,085 per year but can be as high as $85,392 per year. (Payscale)

Contact a friendly student advisor on 1800 837 550 to find out about potential career outcomes and see where our courses can take you. Employers also constantly approach The Career Academy looking for students and employers also advertise jobs in the Career Centre (available once you enrol). You’ll also receive a FREE CV review.

This qualification is Internationally recognised. Our qualifications are highly sought after by employers around the world and accredited by global industry bodies such as ICOES.

Your course will be delivered through our online learning platform. You can access our online learning platform from any web browser 24/7 so you can work whenever and wherever you want. You can also interact with your tutors and other students within the learning environment. Online learning allows you to make the best use of your time and puts all the resources you need at your fingertips. There are no set course start dates, you can start whenever you are ready. Your tutors and student services will check in on your progress and help you every step of the way.

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Absolutely! You’ve got a 8 day cooling off period (or trial period) at the start of your course. Take that time to look through all your learning material and get a feel for online learning. If you decide the course isn’t for you within the trial period, you’ll get a full money back guarantee less a $50 + GST administration fee.

Yes, AAT enable students to become a qualified Accounting Technician and member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT). Being a member of AAT gives employers the confidence that you meet industry recognised standards as an accounting technician.
A payroll accounting course gives you the skills, knowledge and confidence to succeed in a payroll accounting role.
Absolutely. Most students nowadays study accounting online.
They are two similar designations, both widely known in the accounting industry.
Absolutely. The AAT Pathway Programs offered by The Career Academy include a payroll component/module.

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