MEAA - Financial Accountant (10 Month Maternity Leave Position)

The Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance is the professional organisation and trade union for the media, entertainment and arts industries. It represents actors, journalists and entertainment industry employees and has over 15,000 members.

Building on our proud history we aim to empower the people who inform and entertain Australia through:

Protect & advance our rights at work:  Improving our members income and conditions, providing timely and expert advice to members, enforcing members rights at work and promoting safe and respectful workplaces.

Build Power: Recruit and grow leaders, activists and supporters, ensure best practice governance and accountability, continue staff development and build strategic alliances.

Build Community: Utilise communications to engage and activate, remain relevant throughout members lives, reach out to new areas and be the creative hub.

Shape our Industries: Be the respected and authoritative voice across all of our industries, influence policy, mobilise our membership and broaden our sphere of influence.

Provide Services that our members and potential members value: Find out what our members and potential members want, give it to them.

Our Members

Our members include people working in television, radio, theatre and film, entertainment venues and recreation grounds, as journalists, actors, dancers, sportspeople, cartoonists and photographers, orchestral and opera performers, as well as people working in public relations, advertising, book publishing and website production.

Financial Accountant                          

Overall Purpose 

The Financial Accountant will assist the Financial Director in providing timely full and accurate sets of accounts, be responsible for all accounting aspects of transactions and provide back up support for the payroll officer. Currently there are two Financial Accountants and this role is split according to the current requirements of the organisation.

Specific roles

  • To be responsible for all accounting aspects of transactions, including

o   Preparation of the quarterly Equity Trust and Equity Foundation income statement for review by the Director, Finance

o   Preparation of quarterly Media Awards income statement for review by the Director, Finance

o   Preparation and analysis of various reports for review by the Director, Finance

o   General ledger maintenance and journal entry

o   Maintenance of General Ledger (GL) trees and Excel spreadsheets

o   Maintenance of Accounts Payable (AP) ledger, including processing of all suppliers’ statements and credit notes

o   Monthly paypal reconciliation and transfer to MEAA business account

o   Daily new starter adjustment in membership database

o   Weekly new starter deduction list for membership

o   Daily membership income reconciliation

o   Reconciliation of MEAA cabcharge transactions and reporting of anomalies to the Director, Finance

o   Apply and cancel of cabcharge and credit card as per request

o   Assist with all statutory tax compliance (BAS, FBT, GST) and liaison with MEAA’s tax advisors as directed by the Director, Finance

o   Assist with financial year-end audit of MEAA including all GL, AP and Accounts Receivable (AR) reconciliations

o   Assist with consolidate annual reporting

o   Liaison with the accounting software support operation

o   Liaison with NAB and BNZ for banking enquiry, support and communication

o   Communicate with the suppliers and customers and deal with the specific issues

o   Analysis and management of cash position, cash flow and working capital

o   Monthly bank reconciliations for MEAA and NZ Equity

o   Foreign currency transfers, in and out

o   Payment of suppliers and one-off Electronic Funds Transfers

o   AR invoicing as back up

o   Monthly credit card reconciliation as back up

o   Petty cash, both in Australian $ and other currencies

o   Staff reimbursements

Performance measures: 

  • Prepare Income Statements within 10 working days from the end of month.
  • Daily Bank Reconciliation of MEAA and NZ Equity transaction account
  • Monthly Bank Reconciliation to be completed and signed off by Finance Director within 7 working days from end of month
  • Invoices to be processed and paid within 14 working days
  • Maintain accurate hard copy and electronic filing system.
  • Ability to interact with staff and service providers at all levels
  • Demonstrate highly developed communication skills.
  • Strong decision making ability and attention to detail.
  • Ability to problem solve
  • Detail orientated and an ability to stick to time constraints as directed
  • Comply with all statutory requirements


The Financial accountant will have an analytical mind with a keen eye for detail and desire to probe further into data.  They will have excellent negotiation skills and develop strong working relationships, have commercial and business awareness. The ideal candidate will have an accounting degree and working towards either CPA or CA status and preferably have worked in a union or the not for profit sector.

Reports to: 

Director, Finance

Internal work contacts:

Director, Operations

Director, Membership

Director, Legal & Policy

Director, Industrial & Advocacy

Director, Communications

Director, Media

Director, Media

Director, Equity

Director, Entertainment, Crew and Sport

Director, Technology

Regional Directors· 

External Work Contacts:

Banking Provider


Insurance Broker


AP suppliers

AR customers

Principal Software (MYOB Greentree)




To apply please send an email to jack.walton@meaa.org with your Cover Letter and CV attached"


Applications close May 22 2019 at 5:00pm.

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Closing Date

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Closing Time

05:00 PM

Contact Name

Jack Watson

Contact Email

Contact Phone

08 9333 0971

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