Accounts Payable Officer

at South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council
Published February 11, 2024
Location Perth, Australia
Category Accounting and Finance  
Job Type Full-time  
$71,634 – $80,579 pa + super + salary packaging


Accounts Payable Officer South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council location Perth. $71,634 – $80,579 pa + super + salary packaging.

We offer salary range between $71,634 - $80,579 per annum depending on skills/experience, + superannuation. Salary packaging (up to $15,899 a year, + meal/entertainment benefit of $2,650 a year).  5 weeks annual leave per year +17.5% Leave Loading. Christmas shut down period credited as additional leave. Employee Assistance Program. 12 month fixed term contract to cover a parental leave absence.

The role for a group of six regional corporations, you will process accounts payable, assist with bookkeeping tasks, and work as part of the overall accounts/finance team to assist with accounting functions.

Location  East Perth. Hours Full-time hours, 37.5 hours per week, worked between Monday to Friday. Fixed term contract . This is a fixed term contract for 12 months, to replace an employee on parental leave. The fixed term contract is subject to the legislative rights of the employee on parental leave to extend, shorten, or cancel their parental leave.

About us – The South West Aboriginal Land & Sea Council We (SWALSC) are a central services corporation for the South West Native Title Settlement. The South West Native Title Settlement is the largest native title settlement in Australian history. It affects an estimated 30,000 Noongar people, encompasses approximately 200,000 square kilometres in Western Australia’s south-west, and has a financial worth of approximately $1.3 billion.

The Settlement is made of up six individual Indigenous Land Use Agreements, and establishes six Noongar regional corporations. To support the Settlement, we (SWALSC) deliver a range of administrative, corporate, financial, and unique services to the six Noongar regional corporations, who are our external clients.

You will reporting to the Executive Manager Corporate Services, you will complete payments and control expenses by receiving, processing, verifying, and reconciling invoices based on proper substantiation documents, e.g., authorised purchase requisition, purchase order or valid service agreement/contract.

Reconcile processed work and verify entries and compare system reports to balances. Charge expenses to accounts and cost centres by analysing invoice/expense reports, recording entries including credit card expenditure. Process payments in weekly batches as they fall due and other daily payments as required for Travel Allowances etc.

Monitor discount opportunities, verify vendor details including their ABN and EFT details, schedule and prepare weekly EFT payment batches, and resolve purchase order, contract, invoice, or payment discrepancies and documentation. Process staff and committee member’s travel allowances based on set profiles for the Regional Corporations Directors and Committee Members.

Ensure credit is received for outstanding memos, e.g., travel allowance overpayments or bond refunds.

Action stop payments or recommend purchase order amendments to the Finance Officer. Internal / external liaison with suppliers and staff members. Maintain accounting ledgers; verify and post accounts transactions. Ensure accurate tax (e.g., GST) recorded on paid invoices. Continue to improve the payment process.

Reconcile monthly supplier statements and follow up on outstanding invoices. Assist with bookkeeping activities. Raise purchase orders ensuring purchase requests are appropriately authorised. Provide back up for deposit of cash and cheques. Participate in professional development and educational opportunities.

Take care of, and exercise responsibility towards, any physical resources including IT, vehicles, equipment, and related items. Strive for continuous improvement and identify and implement better ways to complete tasks. Show a proactive approach to problem solving and continuous organisational change. Undertake other duties as directed.

Selection criteria accounts payable and/or bookkeeping experience. Customer focused attitude. Strong literacy, numeracy, accuracy, and attention to detail skills. Excellent oral and written communication skills, including in a cross-cultural context. Attention to detail and accurate data entry skills. Exceptional organisational skills with the ability to prioritise work and meet deadlines. Ability to work as a member of a team.

Desirable knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal society and cultures and the issues affecting Aboriginal communities. Tertiary education in accounts. Section 51.

Under section 51 of the Equal Employment Opportunity ACT 1984, we seek to increase diversity of our workforce to better meet the needs of our clients and stakeholders, and to improve employment opportunities and outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We encourage Aboriginal people to apply and identify themselves as being of Aboriginal descent in the recruitment process.

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