How to become an auditor
Pathways to this career
- Complete an accredited bachelor's degree in accounting, commerce or finance.
- If you've already studied an undergraduate degree in a different field, you can still become an auditor by completing a postgraduate degree like a Master of Accounting. We'll help you check if you're eligible for any recognition of prior learning credits!
- Join an industry-based community. Organisations like the Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) offer professional development and networking programs.
- Become a Registered Company Auditor (RCA) with ASIC by demonstrating your qualifications, experience and progression as a practising auditor.
What does an auditor do?Auditors review financial records and accounting books for companies and organisations. They should be well-organised, impartial, and thorough in their analyses and reporting. Auditors must have the capacity to work with large amounts of information, and the ability to work to deadlines during busy audit times in the year.
Duties and tasks
- Advise company management of compliance issues and rules and regulations regarding business practices.
- Audit, scrutinise and formulate reports on the financial particulars and analysis for head management, board of directors and shareholders.
- Evaluate taxation laws and regulations and manage debt, equity and securities.
- Gather and analyse information on the financial status, operating systems, cost effectiveness and efficiency of internal activities of companies.
- Manage financial capital systems and conduct risk management assessments.
- Oversee shares holding and transfers, documenting activities.
- Plan and implement audit strategies and objectives as well as guidelines for documentation.
- CPA Australia
- Chartered Secretaries Australia
- Institute of Chartered Accountants
- Institute of Public Accountants
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