Compare the Top Business Accounting and Bookkeeping Software for Australia

| August 21, 2016

In Australia, before there were really only two players in the small business accounting software market, MYOB and QuickBooks with their traditional software.

However now, there are many more providers entering the market. I have prepared a  comparison of  some of the top accounting  providers below.

Today there is new accounts software providers like Xero and  Reckon and now even Quickbooks online and MYOB have  come on-board with fresh new products for managing your business accounts  and books.

These  providers now provide bookkeeping online and offline for sole traders, including preparation for business activity statements (BAS) lodgements for small business and invoicing software. This books software are also scalable for bigger companies, so if you grow quickly you already have more options.

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Quite often , this new software’s are hosted in the cloud and do many tasks including maintaining your invoices, reconciling with your bank account and recording book keeping for you.

Many of these more traditional providers mentioned above have been doing books for a while, but now have upgraded their software to make it more flexible. Now, you can make use of  the new accounts software or apps  anywhere on the go with your ipad, smartphone or desktop at home.

If you are looking for software online for book keeping or accounting to do it yourself or with help from your accountant, then there are some good options available for you today.

New technology has made these book keeping programs and tools easier to use.

If your book keeper or accountant does not have access to the same software that you use, you could always export  the books and  then take it to him for any more technical or advanced  accounting that you need for him to look at.

I have this year purchased a few online book keeping + accounting software memberships for my own use and also trialled few of them to write this review so that you can benefit from my review.

This review is not in-depth, but covers and compares mainly the basic features  needed for sole traders and small business accounting and also price comparisons for membership/subscription.

I will be updating with a more in-depth reviews at a later stage

Should I do Book keeping myself or with an accountant

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Thankfully most of the new packages for these accounting programs allow you to do your book keeping yourself or even share the program access of your books, so that your accountant can also access/check and submit it.

There are two ways you could use most new bookkeeping/accounting tools, if you’re a small business or sole trader, you can either buy the software in your name and share access with your accountant or then you can let your accountant buy the software or create a account for you via their accounting portal.

From online discussion on forums, they have been instances where some accountants have refused to release access to their clients books, as the accountant is the main registrant for the book keeping  software, so if you think this could be a problem then make sure you register your accounting software in your name (register as a subscriber with xero) and then give access to your accountant.

This way you will always have full access to your books without anybody being able to block you from it.


Small business accounting

If you’re a small business then you will probably need to do invoicing, bookkeeping, billing, expense recording. The choice you need to make is do I hire an accountant or do i do it myself.

With today’s new advanced software, you could easily give it a go yourself and if it doesn’t work out, you could always hire an accountant or bookkeeper.

The first thing you need to figure out is, If your accounting needs simple or more advanced features.  If you needed software to just produce invoices, record expenses, and do book keeping tasks then you can do it yourself with this online accounts software. If you need to do much more than that like claim deductions, depreciation calculations etc , you can still use this software, but check with your accountant if they will accept the data from your accounting software or be able to access it to complete the more complex bits for you.

We will list the prices and cancellation fees for these services so you can make an informed decision before taking the plunge.


With so many new software’s and so many different features in these accounting programs, how do you choose the right one?

Choosing the right software for you will depend on three main factors

1. Price

2. Features

3. Flexibility

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Feature and price comparison of software is given below.


Price or Cost of Online accounting software

Most of the accounting programs featured below has different price options based on the package ore membership that you purchase.

Reckon Accounting Software


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The reason why I like and recommend this software is because it has a flexible system in its pricing and features for its accounting online package. You can start as low as $5 a month with their basic package and then upgrade with needed features as you go.

What you get for $5

  • · Unlimited bank reconciliation
  • · Budgeting, GST & BAS reports
  • · Free 24/7 support
  • · Multi-layered data security, SSL encryption
  • · Share with accountant or bookkeeper
  • · Free mobile app for Android or Iphone(IOS)
  • · Invite unlimited team members
  • · Data stored in Australia

reckon price online accounting softwareThey have add ons that you can add to your basic service if you need them.

Add on’s like invoicing ($3) and bank connection ($3) are cheap, so even if you add one these two to your basic $5 charge, you will end up with just $11 a month for the service.

That’s not a bad deal at all to start with and what I alfree software trial 2016so like is with reckon software you can try it for free before buying – click here to try for free before you buy



Xero Accounting Software


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Xero has a starter plan in Australia which is $25 a month and this allows you to have access to these features below

  • · Send 5 invoices and quotes
  • · Enter 5 bills
  • · Reconcile 20 bank transactions
  • · Payroll for 1 person
  • · iPhone & Android apps
  • · 24/7 support included
  • · Invite your team members and accounting professionals any time you like.

accounting software for small business ato basTheir standard plan is $50 a month and Premium plan is $60 a month. Get more details here while Xero is good accounts software for small business and sole traders, but I hate the fact that their pricing between US and Australia differs so much. Xero has a starter plan FOR USA which is currently priced as low as $6.30 a month (normally $9 for a month). If you are registering with XERO it is recommended that you register as a subscriber to have full access to your account.

You can try Xero for free over here, before you decide to buy



MYOB Accounting Software

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MYOB Australia’s Most popular small business accounting software is “MYOB essentials” for $35 a month (payroll for one) and “MYOB AccountRight Plus” for $85 a month. This Essentials online software can run on your desktop pc or mobile smartphone or tablet and features are given below.

  • · Produce instant reports on PAYG, GST and BAS.
  • · Invite your accountant or bookkeeper into your accounts to check your numbers.
  • · Always up-to-date, and securely backed up online
  • · Payroll for one
  • · MYOB BankFeeds
  • · Unlimited invoices
  • · Link your bank account
  • · Send invoices and manage your contacts on the go

Great for small businesses and sole tradersMYOB has been in the game for long with their traditional offline desktop software, which now they also have this online version, which is cloud accounting for most small business and accessible from most devices anywhere.

They also  have a starter plan for $25 a month.

You can try their software for free for 30 days – Click here




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Intuit’s flagship accounting product is QuickBooks Online is built for small and startup businesses and can be used by sole traders as well.

Quickbooks most popular online book keeping plans are the Simple Start Plan $13.50 a month now (normally $15) and the Essentials Plan for $20 a month now (normally $25)

The features on the starter plan is as below

  • · Track your income, expenses & profits
  • · Manage BAS & GST obligations
  • · Download bank transactions
  • · Works on PC, Mac, tablet & mobile
  • · FREE payroll — up to 10 employees(with online account)


pricing for 2016 online book keeping and BAS toolsNew technology in these accounting packages allows you to be connected and issue invoices on the go.  They allow you to also record your expenses on the go to claim tax deductions and lodge your returns.

Click here to try out  Quickbooks online.

Training for use of accounting XERO, Reckon and MYOB software

Some of these providers provide some basic tutorials videos to use their software. You could always search on youtube for more training material. Learning platforms like also provide training in use of software with video training on their website You can also join or register with the  providers website support or Q and A  channel.

Reckon has their online support community site where  members help each other out  as well as the official reckon support staff.  You could also join other accounting and finance online forums or community boards.



Some links for Training/Tips

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BAS Reporting

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Most online providers  have packages that have a ‘BAS report’  that can be generated with a few clicks of the mouse and this report mimics the layout of the BAS form so you can even do away with paper  if you like and file it electronically via a feature called SBR (Standard Business Reporting), the Australian standard for business-to-government reporting).



Cons or limitations

Access limitations can present itself when an accountant refuses to give access to your books for any payment or other reasons, but this can be avoided as I mentioned before by registering the membership in your name and then giving him access , rather than doing this the other way around ( accountant registering it in his name and giving you access)

You don’t get all features with a membership and have to pay more for extra features. With some software it is still recommended to check your bank reconciliations the first couple of times just to make sure its all good, when you import your business transactions from bank account into software.

Not all MYOB packages can be used with Mac computers, so please check if your package is compatible with a mac computer or device before purchasing from any service provider.



Most of these software’s, today are hosted on the cloud – which means you can login into your software from your smartphone, Ipad or desktop at home and update details anytime and anywhere and this makes it super convenient.



How can I cancel my account & terms and policy

Cancellation by service provider can be done if you violate their terms of service, but this normally happens only if you have done something seriously wrong to their software or website.

Users are also allowed to cancel their membership or registration according to the service provider terms and rules, which is different for each service provider and so we can’t cover this in details. Most of these service providers (Some links: QuickBooks , Reckon , MYOB , XERO ) provide a cancellation button from within their admin area when you login This can be had from the service provider on registration or from their website.

It is recommended that you export all of your data before cancelling your subscription with any of the accounts service provider.


Reckon cancellation policy:

*Accounts Hosted can be purchased on an annual or monthly subscription. New customers can sign up for one month use only and you pay on a month by month basis. Annual licence holders who wish to move to monthly pricing must cancel no later than 30 days before their expiry date.


Xero cancellation policy

Xero will send you a final bill after you’ve cancelled their subscription trial is free. You could always email them to see what your charges could be before cancellation. Instead of cancelling, you can reduce your monthly Xero subscription fee by downgrading your pricing plan. You can change back to a bigger plan at any time.


MYOB Cancelation

For cancellations, you can contact their customer service team on 1300 555 151. You can get more details about terms and conditions from the myob site over here



This is not an in-depth review , but I hope to write one soon. Hope I have covered enough in this article for you, to get a brief over view of features and price comparison for popular Australian accounts software service companies.

If you have tried  any of these software  or I have left something out that is worth mentioning please leave a comment below or get in touch with me via the contact page < Over here.

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  1. Reggy says:



    • JJ says:

      The cloud hosting plans will allow you to login from anywhere
      The xero plans are some of the most advanced and featured enabled accounting software, if you just looking at price and starting out tehn reckon $5 plan is good


    • For the longest time I had been looking for an accounting software that had all the functionality I needed. One night, I saw the SlickPie commercial and I decided to give it a try. After a year, I can honestly say that it is the soul of my business. It’s easy to use and different functions make accounting for my small business so simple. It saves me so much time and stress, I love it. It’s 100% free accounting software.

  2. Ryan says:

    Hey jeff

    Can i get reckon software cheaper from my accountant.. how does we both using it work ??


    • JJ says:

      Hi ryan

      Accountants sometimes have good deals as well.. but make sure you are going to stick with that accountant if you are going to buy from him, otherwise its safer to buy yourself and then give accountant access to your books


  3. Danny Coyne says:

    Hey Jeff,

    Its a great thing that you have this kind of content. Its a great help to someone whose planning to purchase accounting software to help them with their business. I and my team personally recommend Xero Accounting Software as we used it at our Accounting and Bookkeeping firm.


  4. Bruce says:

    Thanks for your review.

    I am looking for an Australian accounting software that allows me to do invoicing, run profit and loss, balance sheet, trial balance and GST, is non cloud and has no annual running costs just a once off cost. Does not need payroll at this stage.

    Does one exist or do I need to produce it myself?

    • JJ says:

      You will get MYOB at Jb Hifi, Harvey norman or similar stores or online as well
      You get one payment version for these ones

  5. I blog quite often and I really thank you for your ideas. I was searching for something like this and really wish I’d seen this a couple of months ago!

  6. Dash says:

    I am using Quickbooks 2002 now but I can only run this on XP Windows. I dont want to go to a monthly payment plan but I need to be able to do 2 or 3 different accountanting e.g. farm and a business

  7. I used Reckon but I am looking for other accounting software. Would it be easier if I switch accounting softwares early on the stage for a start up business? Or is it ok to switch even if we are like 2 years old?

  8. says:

    Appreciate your depth of knowledge; very well written!

  9. Ian Henry says:

    Ya, I am completely agree with the fact that price, features and flexibility are the 3 important factors that everyone should consider while choosing both accounting and bookkeeping software. This condition is not only applicable for Australia but also applicable across the world. Well, bookkeeping and accounting are two different tasks. Bookkeeping is the process of recording transactions where as accounting is responsible for interpreting, classifying and summarizing the financial data. Your blog gives a comparative idea between different bookkeeping and accounting software in Australia. I had idea about quickbooks but after going through your blog I earned enough knowledge about other software. So, I am appreciating your blog and would like to say thanks for such lovely post.

  10. Oleg Cerkas says:

    Thank you! JJ for sharing wonderful information with us but i think rather then going throw all this process reading reviews and all after that take decision and then learn about software better stuff is to higher an Accounting agency to do so. If Any one required suggestions for that i have 10 suggestions!

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  12. AHMAD says:

    The best outstanding information you share for handling the accounts online by using different cloud accounting software to run a successful business by managing the accounts of employee .if you want to run a business successfully then you must read this kind of information which provide you the best tips for managing the business accounts of your business employees and also remember all the important taglines of this kind of information especially “customer service management ” .

  13. Geo Op says:

    Great comparison between no of business accounting software. I was enjoying while reading your article. Accounting software is very good to manage accounts and other things. Thanks for sharing all this information with us.

  14. E-Search says:

    Whatever it was, the most important thing is we provided what accountants and Bookkeepers need for them to work and produce accurate results.

  15. Mike Watson says:

    With a slew of accounting software flooding the market, I feel it is essential that people are guided by the criteria to choose the right one. Your article helps in this regard, and I must say it is well written and to the point. Will share this with others who would need guidance in picking up good accounting software for their business

  16. Stephen Hosking says:

    I’m so glad I stumbled on this page!

    I’d been doing some research to pick an accounting package, and then I found in the comments here the advice to ask your accountant.

    So, I emailed my accountant and within minutes got the response that they support MYOB for their clients, at a great discount.

    Problem solved!

  17. Gwyn Thomas says:

    The business accounting tools are very helpful to place your business at high. I think it will also helpful for your business growth.

  18. Munir Zaman says:

    Hi JJay,

    The Business Accounting and Bookkeeping Software you have listed are great. This type of great guidance is very helpful for those who are looking for accounting software to their personal or business need. I personally use Xero Accounting Software and also recommend to my clients.