Do you want to become a registered BAS Agent but you're not sure where to start? We've provided an outline of the qualifications and registrations required for this profession.
Explore the requirements for gaining relevant experience
Experience benefits like nowhere else with ABN. Explore all the products and services which make up your membership.
Explore all the products and services which makes up your ABN membership.
Meet the team at Australian Bookkeepers Network.
Find out how a bookkeeper can help your business.
Protect your Bookkeeping Business with ABN's PI Partners.
Protect your business with Cyber Insurance
How ABN gives back to the community
ABN is committed to providing professional development opportunities for bookkeepers.
Members Can Access Australian Bookkeepers Network's Bookkeeping Checklists, Contract Samples, Quote Templates, Agreement Letters & More. Join Today!
Wondering how to become a registered bookkeeper? Here's an outline of what to expect when working as one and the steps required to become certified.
ABA is a recognised professional bookkeeping association for BAS agents by the Tax Practitioners Board.
Benefits of the ABA Membership
Join Australian Bookkeepers Association today
Australian Bookkeepers Association (ABA) is governed by a Board of Directors
View the ABA Constitution, By-Laws and other current documentation relevant to your membership.
A summary of the essential membership rules which have been extracted from ABAs By-Laws and Constitution.
Code of Professional Conduct for BAS Agents
All the latest news and events from the Bookkeeping Industry
All your Industry events in one handy location.
Meet other bookkeepers, learn new skills, and earn CPE with ABN Coffee Clubs
Hear from prominent industry figures on current industry trends, technology and innovation
Australia's leading Bookkeeper Event!
Download your FREE Tax Office Review and Audit Checklist Pack
The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman says bookkeepers and BAS Agents are at the helm of new eInvoicing tech introduction set to save millions from cyber scams and clerical costs.
Ombudsman Bruce Billson said the $3.6 million rollout of eInvoicing technology across all cloud accounting software providers now paves the way for bookkeepers to introduce this capability to their clients.
“Small businesses are the biggest victims of payment redirection scams and it’s only getting worse,” said Bruce. “Payment redirection scams cost Australian small business $128 million dollars in 2020, and increase of 290 percent from 2019,” said Bruce.
“eInvoicing through a secure portal offers protection against those risks, and you don’t have to be Steve Jobs to navigate it with just a few simple steps to take with clients to sign them up,” continued Bruce.
Bruce’s comments come on the eve of the federal government’s 1 July launch of their eInvoicing commitment to pay all their suppliers who use eInvoicing within 5 days of receiving invoices.
They can do this because the technology also streamlines and speeds up invoice processing, which Bruce says can cut typical processing costs of $31 per invoice down to $9 per invoice.
“Almost one third of invoices have incorrect information on them,” said Bruce. “eInvoicing makes automation easier so businesses get paid faster, which is a big boost for cashflow,” said Bruce.
“Our recent research pointed out that mid-sized small businesses on average send out 168 invoices each month, so for each of those businesses a transaction cost reduction like this could save them around $40,000 a year.”
With such improvements in business security and costs achievable with such little effort, Bruce sees that bookkeepers have a significant opportunity to demonstrate their value to clients at an important time for small business.
“Covid has shown use that those who have advanced with digital adoption have fared best,” said Bruce. “Bookkeepers who lead the way to support business resilience and continuity planning will build their own businesses in turn.”
The Australian Bookkeepers Network (ABN) couldn’t agree more with Director, Kelvin Deer, acknowledging members have lost tens of thousands in these scams.
“We’ve had bookkeepers who have been victims of these scams, subject to impersonation that cost one member over $20,000,” said Kelvin.
“We’ve been speaking about these issues from some time on our monthly Bookkeepers Radio programs and look forward to continuing conversation at the upcoming eInvoicing Week expected to be late this year,” continued Kelvin.
For more information about how to set up eInvoicing for your clients, contact your cloud accounting software provider or read more here.