BAS registration assistance

Educational requirements

To become registered or renew your registration as a BAS Agent, you must have been awarded a Certificate IV in Financial Services (Bookkeeping) or (Accounting), and successfully completed a Board approved course in basic GST/BAS taxation principles (which may be included in the above certificates).

Alternatively, higher awards than a Certificate IV in the field of bookkeeping or accounting (for example, a Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Degree), and the successful completion of a TPB-approved course in basic GST/BAS taxation principles (which may be included in the above awards) are also accepted.

References to 'GST/BAS taxation principles' relates to the following two units the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) requires to be successfully completed regardless of the core education qualification held;

  • FNSBKG404A   Carry out Business Activity and Instalment Activity Statement Tasks
  • FNSBKG405A   Establish and Maintain a Payroll System.

We can provide a cost effective solution to enrol in the Certificate IV in Bookkeeping which includes the GST/BAS taxation principles units or one or both of the mandatory units.

We can help and provide advice if you hold qualifications obtained some time in the past, or you have educational certificates awarded by an overseas institution.

Experience hours

Registration as a BAS Agent also requires an applicant to demonstrate 1,400 hours of relevant experience acquired over the past three years. As a recognised BAS Agent Association, voting members of the IPA are entitled to reduce the number of experience hours required to 1,000. We can assist you in understanding your obligations under the registration application or renewal process.

Compliance with the Fit and Proper Person Requirements and Legislated Code of Professional Conduct

An essential educational element for becoming a Public BAS Practitioner and IPA member is to gain an understanding of what's required to demonstrate and maintain your status as a fit and proper person, compliance with the provisions of the Code of Professional Conduct and adherence to the IPA's ethical standards.

Becoming an IPA Public BAS Practitioner

You're required to attend our Public BAS Practitioner Program within six months of joining. The content of the program is also an invaluable source of advice and information for BAS Agents establishing a public practice.