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BAS Agent Skill Set



Course Information

Short course


What it is about

  • In this Skill Set you will learn both, Payroll and Business Taxation. This course helps the learner  achieve excellence in  securely managing organisational payroll services and calculating and processing salary payments, group taxation and related payments, maintaining business taxation accounting records and processing non-income-tax lodgements and returns with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), including business activity statements (BAS), instalment activity statements (IAS) and other required reports.

Who is it for

  • Small business owners or managers
  • Individuals managing business accounts
  • Accounts people who want to upskill
  • BAS or Tax agents
  • Contract bookkeepers
  • Senior payroll administrative staff members
  • Payroll administrative and systems support staff

Study load

  • Study at your own pace
  • You can take as long as you need
  • Recommended study load: 80 hours 
  • Slowly: 12 weeks (6.7 hours per week)
  • Steadily: 4 weeks (20 hours per week)
  • Quickly: 2 weeks ( 40 hours per week)

Mode of learning

  • Distance learning
  • All course materials are provided online
  • You can purchase printed materials

Learning tools

  • A case study approach to learning, packed with multiple scenarios
  • Real transactions for you to practice, accompanied by:
  • Individual, step-by-step walkthroughs
  • Numerous learning activities
  • Show & Tell videos

Personal trainer

  • Your own personal trainer
  • Your choice of Telephone/Email/Video Conference support
  • Weekends and outside hours

What you will learn

  • Fair Work legislation
  • Compile and verify payroll data
  • Organise payment of wages and salaries
  • Process payroll
  • Establish security procedures for managing payroll services
  • Calculate and process salary payments, group taxation and related payments
  • Record and prepare payroll documentation
  • Deal with payroll enquiries
  • Business Structures
  • Tax obligations of a business
  • The Regulators
  • Business Tax related Legislation
  • Australia's Future Tax System
  • The Tax Practitioners Board
  • Tax Agent Services Legislation
  • Tax and BAS Agent Requirements
  • Record Keeping
  • The Goods & Services Tax
  • Activity Statements
  • Reporting GST in Activity Statements
  • Working with Tax Codes
  • Case Study
  • Lodging the Activity Statement
  • Common BAS Errors

Course topics

  1. Introduction to the Fair Work System
  2. Accounting and payroll systems
  3. Setting up a payroll system
  4. Processing and reporting payroll
  5. Statutory End-of-Year Reporting
  6. Employment
  7. Businesses and Taxation
  8. The Goods & Services Tax
  1. Activity Statements
  2. Reporting GST In Activity Statements
  3. Working with Tax Codes
  4. Case Study - Frying Nemo
  5. Lodging the BAS
  6. Common BAS Errors

You will need

  • A desire to excel 
  • Basic English language, literacy and numeracy skills
  • Basic computer, internet and email knowledge
  • A personal computer (Windows 7 or later)
  • Internet access
  • MYOB Education Edition software (supplied with course)

Your investment

Please see the APEX Schedule of Fees.


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