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BAS Agent

Find out how to become a BAS agent in the finance sector. Get information on job prospects, expected salary, essential skills and qualifications needed.

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The current average salary of an BAS Agent is $39,000 - $69,500 annually


A BAS agent is responsible for preparing and lodging BAS returns on their clients’ behalf and providing advice on BAS-related concerns. This is very large occupation, though is expected to dip slightly in employment numbers over the next few years, from 107,700 in 2017 to 104,300 by 2022. However, there are likely to be 39,000 job openings created during this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

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Key skills

BAS agents manage the preparation and submission of Business Activity Statements and provide business owners with advice on related matters.

  • Strong organisation skills; accuracy in compiling data and preparing reports
  • Have a keen attention to detail for identifying and addressing financial discrepancies
  • Competent in financial operations and an affinity for numbers
  • Ability to use accounting software to prepare records
  • Knowledgeable on tax issues, superannuation, and PAYG
  • Articulate with excellent interpersonal skills

Quick facts

Most BAS agents work full-time across a wide variety of industries in Australia. There are also plenty of opportunities for women and individuals of different education levels.

  • Average Hours Worked
    38.7 full-time hours per week vs. all jobs average of 40 hours
  • Main Industries
    Professional, scientific and technical services; construction; and agriculture, forestry and fishing
  • Average qualification level
    20.2% Certificate III/IV

* All information on this page has been complied using figures from and the Australian Government's - all figures are indications only, and are accurate at time of publication. Please do your own research before selecting a course or career.


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