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Reference Number 13228
Position Title Accountant
Employment Type Permanent Full Time
Location Spence Street
Minimum Award/Classification QLGO-Lev 4.1 - 36.25 h/w 
Maximum Award/Classification QLGO-Lev 5.3 - 36.25 h/w 
Roster Pattern 19 day month 
Position Summary

AccountantFS125 (Full-Time Permanent)

Salary Range: $71,757.43 - $81,529.17 per annum

Location: 119 – 145 Spence Street, Cairns

Reference Number: 13228

Close Date: Monday, 13 July 2020

Are you looking for an exciting career in a Local Government organisation?

Do you enjoy being a part of a team?

Are you seeking an opportunity that offers a Work Life Balance?

If you answered yes to these questions then we would love to hear from you!

Enhance your career by joining Cairns Regional Council, one of the largest employers in the Cairns region. Our commitment to delivering high quality services to the community means we need talented, committed people – we need you!

Cairns Regional Council is currently seeking an Accountant to join our Finance Department. 

Primary Objective of the position:

  • Promote a “We are here to help” culture within the Finance Department.
  • Work in conjunction with the Senior Tax & Treasury Accountant to fulfil the financial accounting requirements of both Council and external not-for-profit organisations including monthly and annual financial reporting, preparation of budget statements as well as administration of long term financial plans.
  • Work in conjunction with the Treasury & Taxation unit to deliver Treasury, Taxation and Internal Review services to the whole of Council.
  • Provide business services support to external not-for-profit organisations including preparation of monthly reports and budgets to the board and coordination of procurement and payroll processes.
  • Provision of professional accounting advice and support relevant to all areas of Financial Accounting across all areas of Council.

 To be successful in this role you must have:

  • Bachelor of Commerce / Business or similar.
  • Studying towards, or eligibility and willingness to study, Certified Practising Accountant status (CPA Australia) or Chartered Accountant (Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia).
  • Sound understanding of accounting systems, computer concepts and programs.
  • High level numerical, analytical skills and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to work within and adapt to different team environments.

For a full listing of the Key Duties & Responsibilities and full Selection Criteria please ensure you obtain a copy of the information kit and how to apply by scrolling to the Position Description area, then clicking on "Open" to download the attachment.

How to Apply:

Your application must be submitted online and must consist of the following:

  • Cover Letter addressing the three main elements as detailed in the full selection criteria.
  • Copy of your Resume.

Applications not addressing the full selection criteria will not be accepted.

Pre-Employment Assessment:

As part of the selection process applicants may be required to undertake some or all of the following assessments/checks:

  • Pre‑employment medical assessment, which will include a functional capacity and a drug and alcohol test
  • National Police/Criminal History Check
  • Practical Assessment
  • Numeracy and Literacy Assessment
  • Computer Skills Assessment
  • Qualification/Licence Verification
  • Working with Children & Young People (Blue Card) Verification
  • Right to Work in Australia Check
  • Directorship Check


Employment Eligibility:

To be eligible to apply for a position at Cairns Regional Council, you must fulfil one of the following criteria:

  • Permanent resident of Australia
  • Australian Citizen
  • New Zealand Citizen
  • Entitlement to Work Visa


We offer the following benefits:

  • 19 day month
  • Up to 5 weeks’ annual leave
  • 12% contribution to superannuation
  • Annual leave loading
  • Subsidised Corporate Uniform
  • Subsidised health and well-being membership (gym/swimming pool)
  • On-going opportunities for learning and professional development relevant to the position


Selection Criteria Essential: Do you have a Bachelor of Commerce / Business or similar?
Desirable: Are you studying towards, or eligibility and willingness to study, Certified Practising Accountant status (CPA Australia) or Chartered Accountant (Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia)?
Contact Person Cairns Regional Council Recruitment Team
Contact Number (07) 4044 3310
Contact Email
Closing Date 13/07/2020
Position Description
FS125_Accountant_(Tax_&_Treasury)_(VRN_13228)_-_External_Information_Kit.pdf Open
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Please note that this position will close at 11:45pm (AEST) on the closing date.
Please ensure your application is added before this time as we do not accept late applications.