Bagenalstown, County Carlow in the south-east of the Republic of Ireland has a population not dissimilar to Dalby
We mention this because this was one of the reasons Carrick Aland Assistant Accountant Sarah Tobin took a leap of faith six years ago, relocated Down Under and decided to make the Western Downs her home.
“We sold up and went for broke,” says Sarah. “We knew some people in Dalby and got lucky because we fell on our feet.”
Sarah moved to Dalby from the Emerald Isle with her partner Andy in 2014, before joining the Carrick Aland team in July 2015. Starting in administration, Sarah progressed into bookkeeping and now works in the role of an Assistant Accountant, helping to prepare financial accounts, tax returns and activity statements for clients. She is also a Xero Certified Advisor as well as proficient using QuickBooks, MYOB and Reckon.
“I love having a job in accounting. I’m very grateful to be able to enjoy doing a variety of things and using technology. Xero has made everything so much easier by having everything under one program. Our clients also find it easier, especially since I can just log in and check their data.”
As part of Daniel Bartkowski’s team, Sarah also prepares financial accounts for any clients who need audits and helps salary and wage earners to get organised at tax time.
“I find that I pick up things quickly, so I don’t find it hard to grasp anything,” says Sarah.
Sarah is now a permanent resident and has experienced her first Aussie drought which she says was an eye-opener. She loves exploring her new home or relaxing with golf, gaming and movies.
“I really enjoy it here. The people and the atmosphere at Carrick Aland are just easy going and relaxed, but everyone still gets everything done.”
Sarah is looking forward to advancing her technical skills with a Diploma in Accounting. Meantime, as part of Carrick Aland’s Single Touch Payroll team, Sarah reminds employers to comply with the new reporting regulations.
“If your business missed the 2019 STP reporting deadline, it’s not too late but it is important to engage with a professional as soon as possible.”