First listed on: 17 June 2024

Financial Accountant


  • Join our dynamic and rapidly expanding team as we embark on an exciting journey of organisational growth and innovation, working towards our vision of becoming Australia’s Port for the Future. 
  • Work on meaningful initiatives that will help create prosperity for the North Queensland’s communities. 
  • Enjoy an environment that provides attractive benefits including flexibility, true work-life balance and generous opportunities for professional development. 

About the Port

The Port of Townsville Limited (the Port) has been actively shaping the future of Townsville and North Queensland for 160 years. 

Today, we are Australia’s largest port for zinc, lead, copper, sugar and fertiliser. Additionally, we handle more motor vehicles and containerised goods than any other port in Northern Australia. The goods that flow through our ports are grown, mined, manufactured and used to better the lives of more than 800,000 people across a vast catchment area, spanning from Hinchinbrook to the Burdekin and west to Mount Isa. 

On average, more than 7.5 million tonnes of goods, worth more than $11.4 billion, cross our wharves each year. Thanks to our customers, we are one of the country’s most diverse ports, linking more than 30 different commodities to 130 ports in 44 countries. 

The Townsville port is also an increasingly strategic forward mounting location in Australia’s Defence capabilities, as well as an important tourism enabler due to its modern dedicated cruise ship terminal. 

Working with us

The Port of Townsville is expanding its team of passionate and innovative professionals as we undergo a period of significant and sustainable growth. 

We are currently undertaking the biggest port expansion in our history, trade volumes are expected to triple by 2050 as new projects in rare earth, critical minerals and renewable energy come to realisation and demand for Defence and cruise shipping capacity is rapidly increasing. 

In the coming years we will be challenged to continue to deliver highly competitive day to day port operations, drive improvements in sustainability across all areas of the business and deliver major capital works projects that will ensure our capacity to facilitate the trade demands of the future. 

We are currently looking for exceptional talent to join our team as we embark on this journey. Are you a proactive and ambitious individual with a passion for making a real impact? This is your chance to be part of a collaborative and forward-thinking environment where your ideas and contributions will be valued. 

The Port provides a supportive workplace culture that is committed to improving diversity and fostering inclusivity. With a strong focus on nurturing growth and continuous learning, you'll have the resources and guidance to excel in your role and beyond. 

About the role and you

The primary function of the Financial Accountant is ensuring the effective and efficient provision of financial accounting services consistent with the Port of Townsville Limited’s (‘the Port’) Corporate and Operational Plans.  Provide best practice services in relation the accuracy, compliance and transparency of the Port’s financial operations, in accordance with Australian Accounting Standards and consistent with the Port’s Corporate and Operational Plans. 

As the Financial Accountant you will:

  • Preparation of monthly financial reports, including income statement, balance sheet and cash flow statement. 
  • Review and analysis of all financial data, including review of payments made, identifying discrepancies and resolve issues in a timely manner. 
  • Provide reporting and research services for major projects and operations. 
  • Reconciliation of Internal Control Accounts, including the chasing up of invoicing, tender and contract deposit refunds, and statements of expenses. 
  • Maintain Strategic Planning Model and MAR (Maximum Allowable Revenue) Model. 
  • Prepare and input monthly adjustment and accrual journal entries into the FMS (Financial Management System) in preparation for the end of month financial reporting process. 
  • Oversight of the work for other bodies tasks. 
  • Assist the Manager Financial Services in the provision of accounting services to the Port. 
  • Prepare and input BAS, FBT, fuel rebates and maintain chart of accounts for customers and suppliers. 
  • Health and safety risks identified, and appropriate controls implemented. 
  • Perform any other duties as allocated by Manager Financial Services. 
  • Participate in port emergency responses and associated training, as directed to assist with successful restoration of the Port back to an operating capacity in the event of an emergency. 

Experience you’ll need

To be successful in the role, you will require: 

  • Degree qualification in accounting, commerce, or equivalent discipline 
  • Professional certifications (e.g., CPA, CA) are desirable 
  • Current Queensland C class Driver’s Licence 
  • National police check  
  • Experience with accounting procedures, general financial administration, and clerical procedures. 
  • Knowledge of integrated financial management systems. 
  • Knowledge of the Australian Accounting Standards  
  • Good organisational and task management skills. 
  • Sound communication and interpersonal skills necessary to provide information to all levels of internal and external customers. 
  • An ability to maintain confidentiality when dealing with commercially sensitive matters is considered essential. 
  • Experience with the Microsoft Office suite of products, particularly Excel 
  • Demonstrated experience in computer based applications, including accounting software, databases and integrated financial management systems. 

For a more comprehensive understanding of the position's requirements, please refer to the Position Description available on our website. 

Application process

  • Click apply and follow the prompts 
  • Attach your current resume and a cover letter to your application 
  • Applications close 11pm Sunday, 30th June 2024

For enquiries, please contact, noting that applications must be submitted via our recruitment site - email applications will not be accepted. 

At the Port of Townsville, we value and celebrate the diversity of our community and recognise that it enriches our workplace. We strongly encourage applicants from all backgrounds to come forward, confident that you will be met with respect and consideration. We are committed to ensuring our working environment is safe and welcoming. 

If you are an applicant who faces challenges due to cultural barriers or disabilities, please know that we are here to support you throughout the application process. We strive to create a welcoming and accessible recruitment experience for all candidates, and we encourage you to approach us if you require any assistance or accommodations. 

Together, let's build a workforce that thrives on inclusivity and embraces the strengths that everyone brings to our team. 

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