Bookkeeping services for small businesses in Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama, the Illawarra and Australia wide

We support a wide range of businesses, including building and construction, trades, accommodation and serviced apartments, cafes, restaurants and food outlets, professional services, hair and beauty salons, and many more.

We can meet with you (at your premises or ours) for a free bookkeeping health check. We will analyse your current bookkeeping processes and ongoing requirements and devise a tailored bookkeeping service to suit your needs.

Contact us today and find out how Essential Bookkeeping Solutions can help you and your business.


Essential Bookkeeping Solutions can help you with all aspects of bookkeeping.

  • Data processing and bank reconciliations
  • Bank feed setup and configuration for online accounting software
  • Identify opportunities to streamline and automate processes
  • Invoicing
  • Debtors & creditors
  • Financial reports
  • Cashflow advice & management


Essential Bookkeeping Solutions can help you meet your Australian Tax Office obligations including:

  • BAS preparation
  • Lodgement of BAS and IAS statements
  • Automatically receive a four week extension on quarterly BAS lodgements and payments


Essential Bookkeeping Solutions can assist with all aspects of payroll.

  • Process payroll
  • Produce payslips
  • Calculate and report employee PAYG tax deductions
  • Payroll Tax
  • Calculate superannuation liabilities
  • Ensure your business is SuperStream compliant
  • Advice regarding super lodgement options and set up
  • Super lodgement service


We can help your small business when it comes to setting up and managing STP:

  • Review employee details to ensure they are correct and comply with STP reporting requirements
  • Review payroll setup to align with STP requirements
  • Connect your software to the ATO to enable STP reporting
  • Managing STP lodgements 
  • STP training if managing your own payroll
  • Reconciliation of payroll at end of financial year and lodgement of finalisation declaration (replaces payment summaries)
  • Information for you to pass on to your employees can be found here


Essential Bookkeeping Solutions can set up and configure your accounting systems and provide training to get you up to speed with your software and processes.

  • Xero setup and support
  • MYOB setup and support
  • Hubdoc setup and support
  • Receipt Bank setup and support
  • One on one training


Let our 30+ years of experience help pinpoint the problems and opportunities for greater efficiency and profitability in your business.

  • Analysis and implementation of streamlined processes
  • Budgeting and cashflow forecasting – two important tools and references to improve your business
  • Review key performance indicators (KPI’s) and business benchmarks
  • Identify opportunities to increase profit through effective reporting and analysis

Accounting software for your business


If you are looking for a cloud based solution for your accounting software needs – Xero is the answer.

Xero is our preferred accounting software solution with all the time-saving tools you need to grow your business. Everything you need to run your business, beautifully.


You can finally stop chasing down missing bills and bank/credit card statements. Connect to your recurring suppliers and banks in Hubdoc to automatically retrieve bills and statements, adding them to your secure account in the cloud.  You can also upload all your paper receipts to store in the cloud.  Integrate with Xero and MYOB for improved efficiency in your business.


Receipt Bank is an innovate app that can help you store and process your receipts electronically and stop you from drowning in a pile of paper receipts that can fade over time. Integrate with Xero and MYOB for improved efficiency in your business.

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What our customers say

“Over the last 15 years Henny at Essential Bookkeeping Solutions has provided my business with exceptional practical and functional service and advice. During this time EBS has been instrumental in implementing cloud based accounting software, shown flexibility with online banking changes and is always happy to investigate the suitability of the latest products. Henny and her skills are integral to the smooth running of our company and to my peace of mind as a business owner. She is accepted as one of our core staff and is missed if we don't see her each week! Without hesitation I can highly recommend EBS's technical ability, bookkeeping skills and personable qualities.” — Fleur Harmelin, Director, Land's Edge NSW
“I cannot recommend Carly and Essential Bookkeeping Solutions highly enough. Not only are they professional, diligent and extremely efficient, but they are also very kind and friendly to deal with. It's great to know you are dealing with real people. Carly is always there for you, be it on the phone or at the click of a keyboard, and she always answers my endless questions thoroughly and extremely patiently. Essential Bookkeeping Solutions has literally saved my life. As anyone who runs a small business knows, it becomes all-consuming, frequently at the detriment of your lifestyle and health. However, Carly has now taken a tremendous weight off my shoulders and allowed me time to devote to the things that really matter in life. If you are hesitating about employing a bookkeeper, please don't. Just do it now. You will never regret it.” — Joeanne Katsikaros, The Grange Veterinary Clinic
“Access Scaffolding have been using Essential Bookkeeping since 2011. Henny and the team have always provided a professional and reliable service with the best possible outcome. Thanks to Essential Bookkeeping our company has had steady growth each year. We would recommend Essential Bookkeeping to any business.” — Daniel Boardman, Access Scaffolding (Sydney) Pty Ltd
“Henny Williams has been an invaluable asset to our business at Quest Apartment Hotels and has not only been meticulous in her attention to detail but provided recommendations on the efficiency of our business that are still paying dividends today. I highly recommend Henny and Essential Bookkeeping's services to any business.” — James Blanchett, Quest Nowra Apartments
“Essential Bookkeeping Solutions has been looking after my bookkeeping needs since being in business here in Australia since 2010. I cannot thank Henny and the team enough for their professional service excellence. I can highly recommend the team. I have been able to focus on training, development and customer service earning us multiple local and national awards during this time and I would not have been able to achieve this with my Skin Correctives team if I was bogged down with ongoing paperwork. Thank you girls!!!! You are one of my best investments.” — Karen Meiring de Gonzalez, Skin Correctives

Software Partnerships

Receipt Bank