Vacancy Details

  • Based in Bannockburn, great location and an easy drive from Geelong, Ballarat and Melbourne with free onsite parking
  • Permanent full time role with opportunity to grow
  • Hybrid working arrangement with 40% option to work from home
  • Monthly ADO

Golden Plains Shire Council provides a workplace where people matter, communities are connected, and the future is bright. We offer a diverse range of career pathways in meaningful roles with a sense of purpose where you can grow and thrive. 

To continue to deliver for our community, we are seeking a Financial Accountant to assist in the preparation of the annual financial statements and be responsible for completing tax returns including FBT, GST, and taxable payment reports and reviewing quarterly fuel tax rebate calculations. This position also provides business partnering to the Asset Management team, coordinates accounting for Council’s assets including maintenance of the asset register, assisting with asset revaluations, and compliance with accounting standards.    

Being part of a growing Shire, this role will also lead the introduction of development contribution accounting, as part of the implementation of development contribution plans in the near future. 

The role will provide you with the opportunity to:

  • Be part of a supportive team delivering high quality financial information
  • Assist with the preparation of annual financial statements and processing of journal entries and reconciliation of general ledger accounts
  • Assist with financial internal and external audits
  • Maintain and report Council’s depreciation schedules, asset capitalisation and disposals into the fixed asset register, work in progress accounts, impairment adjustments and stocktakes
  • Liaise with Asset Management team to ensure Council’s asset register and fair values are accurately maintained
  • Provide expert advice to internal clients on financial issues, policies, processes and procedures
  • Lead a project for the introduction of development contribution accounting

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • Demonstrated experience in a similar role in a small to medium organisation. In particular general ledger maintenance and reconciliations, financial reporting and asset accounting duties.
  • A well-developed understanding and working knowledge of Australian Accounting Standards, accounting principles and practices, including demonstrated experience in accounting for assets.
  • Sound knowledge of Australian tax legislation, particularly Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) and Goods and Services Tax (GST).
  • A sound understanding of general ledger reconciliation principles and practices.
  • Demonstrated ability to problem solve to analyse information, recommend and implement solutions to accounting issues.
  • Attention to detail to ensure accurate data is maintained in Council’s financial and accounting systems.Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel and ability to perform high level analysis of financial data.
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to the team objectives and corporate goals.
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellent customer service and a “can do” attitude in a busy office and service environment.
  • CPA/CA status will be highly desirable

* Don’t meet every single requirement?  If you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly, give us a call to talk further. We take into consideration transferable skills, future capability and cultural fit when reviewing applications and offer tailored development plans to support individuals to grow into their roles.  You may just be the right candidate for this or another position at Golden Plains.

We care, we thrive we grow

Our people are passionate, collaborative and deeply committed to both the community and the work they do. This commitment is felt from the moment you step through the doors, in every interaction and in the way we celebrate our collective achievements.

We care about our community and our people, provide flexibility and support so you can thrive and offer a diverse range of opportunities to support your personal and professional growth. We are dedicated to fostering this culture, because we know that our people are the key to the future growth and success of Golden Plains Shire.

We offer:

  • Learning and development opportunities aligned to your role and aspirations, along with opportunities to work on a variety of projects and undertake secondments 
  • Flexible work arrangements to empower you to achieve better life/work balance
  • A modern, high-quality, architectural designed working environment with free onsite parking
  • An environment where health, safety and wellbeing are prioritised in all that we do
  • An active Social Club
  • Ability to transfer years of service from Government organisations and transfer of LSL balance within Local Government and with some government organisations
  • Generous leave entitlements including: 
    • Up to 16 weeks primary & up to 3 weeks secondary parental leave
    • Purchased leave
    • Ceremonial leave
    • Gender affirmation leave
    • Family violence leave

For further information about the role and the key selection criteria, please view the Position Description below or, for a confidential discussion, contact Asanka Jayakody, Coordinator Finance on 03 5220 7129.

If you feel this role aligns with your interests, skills and experience, we’d love to hear from you ASAP.  Applications for this role will be assessed as they are received, so don’t wait too long! 

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Please address the key selection criteria (KSC) in your cover letter or use the KSC to guide your responses to the online questionnaire when submitting your application.

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Applications close on SUNDAY 28 APRIL 2024 at 11.59PM

We are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace that allows staff to bring their whole selves to all that they do.

 As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to providing a safe workplace that embraces and values child safety, diversity and inclusion. We recognise the value and diversity and strength of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures to the heritage of all Australians and our workplace.

We wholeheartedly believe that the decisions we make and the services we deliver benefit from having a workforce representative of the community we support - that the diversity of thought, experience, insights and background will ensure the needs of the broader community are considered in all we do. We encourage applications from people of all ages, genders, abilities and cultural backgrounds.