Requirements for Becoming a Registered BAS Agent

What must you do to become a BAS agent? 

registered BAS agent

Bookkeepers must have a Cert IV in Bookkeeping if they wish to perform BAS-related services.

PRIOR TO 2010 almost anyone could perform work as a bookkeeper. All they needed was some basic accounting knowledge and to know how to use accounting software like MYOB. Now, however, the bookkeeping industry is regulated by the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB).

The TPB has created a minimum set of requirements that bookkeepers MUST adhere to, and be registered for, if they are ultimately paid or rewarded for any work relating to lodging financials that include GST, BAS and Payroll information and calculations.

The minimum training requirements for bookkeepers is a Certificate IV in Bookkeeping and even accountants with a degree in accounting are required to go through the GST and Payroll components of this course if they are to perform BAS services.

As part of the registration process, bookkeepers who want to earn a fee for performing BAS services also need to obtain Professional Indemnity Insurance and maintain a program of continuing education for professional development.

The requirements for registration as a BAS agent

What follows are the steps to be taken for registration (as stated on the TPB website):

Personal requirements to become a registered BAS agent

Educational requirements to become a registered BAS agent

  • You must satisfy the qualification and experience requirements.

What are the TPB education requirements to become a registered BAS agent

Professional Indemnity Insurance for a registered BAS agent

To operate as a registered BAS agent you must maintain, or will be able to maintain, professional indemnity insurance cover that meets the requirements of the TPB.

Some industry associations work with insurance companies and agents to try and negotiate a good deal for their members. They use that price as one of the benefits of joining their association; however, with the growth of insurance comparison websites and discount insurers  many registered BAS agents source their own insurance individually and often for just as good a price.

Lodge an online application with supporting documents

Once you have all the required elements of the Tax Practitioners Board you can simply lodge online for a very small fee.

Joining an industry organisation like the AAT, ABN or ICB is optional

One of the main visible benefits of joining a bookkeeping association is that it reduces the number of relevant hours you need to work from 1400 to 1000 over a 4-year period. That equates to just under 2 hours per week over a 4-week period. Another perceived benefit of joining an industry association is that they offer courses and other activities which can help you maintain your Continuing Professional Education and Development (CPD) — but you normally need to pay extra for these so it’s often good to shop around and make sure you’re paying a competitive price for this.

Annual Declaration for Registered BAS Agent Renewal

As a registered BAS agent you need to completed at least 45 hours of CPD within every 3-year term with a minimum of 5 hours per year. You are also required to complete an annual declaration to the TPB. Here are some other useful services provided directly by the TPB for registered BAS agents:

Read more about CPD for BAS agents at the TPB website


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