Business Unit Accountant – Fraser Coast Regional Council

Job No: LGAQ162
Location: Hervey Bay, QLD

About the Organisation 

The Fraser Coast is a mix of stunning landscapes, islands, cities and town, including Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island. From the heritage streetscapes of Maryborough to the rich farmlands of Tiaro and the sheltered waters of Hervey Bay, one of Australia's most popular beach destinations this diverse shire offers a myriad of professional and lifestyle advantages. The region covers an area of 7,125 km2 and has a population of more than 96,000 residents.  

The Fraser Coast council is made up of the councillors and the Mayor and is divided into 10 divisions, each represented by a single Councillor and the operating budget is over $250 million. The council is experiencing significant growth and therefore has opened a new financial position to be part of the next phase of council’s development within the Directorate of Organisational Services.

About the Position

To manage all financial aspects of Council’s commercial Business unit (Wide Bay Water) business activities and controlled entities in line with relevant legislation and Council Policies.

Key Accountabilities include:

The main objective of the role is as follows: -

To manage all financial aspects of Council’s commercial Business unit (Wide Bay Water) business activities and controlled entities in line with relevant legislation and Council Policies.

Key Accountabilities include:

  • Manage all statutory requirements of Council’s commercial business unit – Wide Bay Water (WBW).
  • Prepare WBW income tax return in accordance with the requirements of the Tax Equivalents Regime.
  • Prepare WBW annual state tax equivalents return.
  • Prepare monthly PAYG WBW tax return.
  • Prepare monthly financial performance reports for the Wide Bay Water and Waste Services advisory committee.
  • Assist with preparation of WBW Annual Performance Plan where required.
  • Assist with the annual State-wide Water Information Management (SWIM) reporting.
  • Monitor reporting obligations for Council’s commercial business unit/s to comply with relevant legislation or stakeholder requirements.
  • Ensure Council fulfils its legislative requirement in relation to National Competition Policy (Competitive Neutrality)
  • Prepare financial statements for audit


Mandatory for this role will be the possession of tertiary qualifications in Commerce or Accounting. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in managing the accounting for commercial business units in accordance with the competitive neutrality principle. They will have the ability to provide profession accounting advice to Council in relation to Council ‘s Commercial Business Unit and controlled entities. Effective time management skills will be assessing along with the ability to work independently, setting priorities and organising workloads to meet deadlines.

Position Details

Please click on the link for a full copy of the POSITION DESCRIPTION. 

Peak Services is working in conjunction with Fraser Coast Regional council. exclusively on this position. We offer local government expertise across a wide range of professional fields, providing tailored solutions for councils and other similar organisations. We work with our clients to deliver meaningful outcomes in recruitment and contracting services. 

How to Apply

Before you apply for this position, please read the position description carefully to assess your eligibility and suitability for the position.  You will be required to answer a few questions that relate to the criteria on the online application below.  You will also be asked to attach your current resume which should include two recent employment related referees. Please note that you cannot submit your application without attaching your resume.  A cover letter is not mandatory, but may be added if so desired. When uploading your Resume or documents please ensure file names should only include 'A-z', '0-9', '.' and '-' characters.

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Application will close on 1st August 2017 at 10:00 am. Please ensure you leave adequate time to complete your application before the closing date and time. 

For a confidential conversation, please phone Marion Millard, Executive Manager Financial Services, phone 4190 5805.


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