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Job Ref:  ZZ0361
Employer:  Noosa Council
Job Type:  Full Time Temporary
Tewantin QLD 4565, Australia (Show on map)
Salary and Benefits:  LGOA Level 7 ($88,584.61 to $94,086.12) annually plus Council benefits of annual leave loading and superannuation. Note applicants are generally appointed at the starting range of the specified salary

Corporate Accountant

Noosa Council 

Are you looking to live and work in one of Australia’s premier locations and help achieve Noosa Council’s vision of “Noosa Shire – different by nature”?

Noosa Council is located at the northern end of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. Covering an area of 871km2 Noosa has a proud history of preserving its natural environment and is recognised by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve. The region offers pristine beaches and a unique mix of country and coastal living making it one of the best places in Australia to live and work.

Council's vision is underpinned by our Council's beliefs. When working towards our Noosa Vision 2037, Council will focus on:

  • Respect: Respect for the diversity of opinions and beliefs in our community
  • Inclusion: Access to participatory and democratic processes
  • Responsiveness: As a Council, being connected with our community
  • Authenticity: Understand our history and learning from our past. 

Noosa Council is a supportive and passionate team built around openness and informality. The staff have together defined how they want to operate as a Council. These values include:

  • Community: Working hand in hand with our community
  • Innovation: Striving for better ways to do things
  • Sustainability: Managing environmental, social and economic resources for the future

About the Role

An exciting and challenging opportunity has arisen for a suitably qualified and highly motivated Corporate Accountant to join the Financial Services Branch at Noosa Council.

The successful applicant will support the Financial Services Manager in ensuring that Council financial sustainability and other relevant statutory milestones are achieved on an annual and ongoing basis.

The position will take a lead and participate in the development and ongoing review of financial policies and procedures and the internal financial control framework to support operational risk mitigation and efficient financial services delivery.

Further the incumbent will provide accurate and timely financial accounting information and advice to the organisation as well as providing leadership in the areas of financial and asset accounting, investment and debt management as well as taxation and national competition policy.

Key Responsibilities 

  • Management and coordination end of financial year processes, including the preparation of:
    • Annual financial statements in accordance with Australian Accounting Standards, and the Local Government Act 2009 and associated Regulations.
    • Financial schedules and supporting documentation included in Council’s annual report.
    • General ledger finalisation, reconciliation and roll over.
  • Liaison with and coordination of reviews by the Queensland Audit Office, Council’s internal auditors and any other regulatory authorities in relation to financial statutory reporting and compliance.
  • Preparation of Australian Bureau of Statistics reports and other regulatory reporting.
  • Preparation of monthly financial statement reports and variance analysis of balance sheet and cash flow movements.
  • Operational and technical oversight of the treasury and accounts payable functions.
  • Ensure Council meets State and Commonwealth taxation obligations, including periodic reporting and submission of returns.
  • Research, advice and implementation of system and process improvements as a result of changes to Accounting Standards and Local Government legislation.
  • Participation in Council’s annual budget process including the development of investment and debt projections, full cost pricing models for business activities, and coordination of the development and publication of the fees and charges schedule.
  • Analysis and advice on cash management matters, including restricted cash balances, investment of surplus cash, loan borrowings and forecast working capital requirements.
  • Provide recommendations on financial systems improvements, process and policy reviews and improvements to internal controls identified in internal and external audits.
  • Key participant in the delivery of Council’s asset management roadmap including asset management plan development, implementation, ongoing review and oversight of day to day asset accounting processes and deliverables.
  • Maintenance of professional knowledge of best practice techniques as they relate to asset accounting and asset management and reporting and progressively implement same within Council.
  • Such other relevant duties as required from time to time which would generally fall within the scope of this position.

Position Requirements

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Experience

  • Extensive knowledge in financial accounting, accounting standards, statutory reporting requirements and audit compliance as well as related asset capitalisation processes.
  • Strong understanding of the principles of effective cash flow management, investment and debt practices in a local government environment.
  • Demonstrated understanding of national competition policy reform and the principles of full cost pricing applicable to local government activities.
  • Demonstrated high-level competency in production of statutory financial reports in accordance with Australian accounting standards and local government regulations.
  • Demonstrated high-level proficiency in computer system applications, including integrated financial systems, local government enterprise systems, Excel spreadsheets and personal application software.
  • Advanced analytical and interpretive skills and proven ability to exercise initiative and judgement to meet business needs.
  • Effective time management skills, including but not limited to, working independently, setting priorities, setting and meeting deadlines and organising own workloads.
  • Demonstrated high level communication skills (written and oral) to compile reports, correspondence, operational processes and procedures and the ability to liaise with a range of stakeholders or customers to seek cooperation, negotiate outcomes, provide supervision and on-the-job training.

Essential Qualifications, Training and Licences 

  • Degree qualifications in accounting together with extensive experience in financial accounting.
  • Driver’s Licence – “C” class.

Desirable Qualifications, Training and Licences 

  • Post graduate qualifications in a relevant field.
  • CPA qualification.

You must apply for the position via Council's website ( if you wish to be considered.

Please contact Trent Grauf, Financial Services Manager on (07) 5329 6150 for any further information regarding the position.

Applications close 5:00pm (AEST), Monday 17 September 2018

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