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Administrative Assistant

Find out how to become an administrative assistant and work in the administration & business industry. Discover information on salary, growth, stability and occupational expectations.

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The current average salary of an Administrative Assistant is $59,500 - $76,900 annually


What does an Administrative Assistant do?

Administrative assistants perform a range of clerical and administrative duties like organising files, preparing documents, scheduling appointments, and aiding senior staff.

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What skills do you need to be an Administrative Assistant? 

Administrative assistants are responsible for a variety of clerical/ organisational tasks for the smooth running of a business.

  • Excellent verbal and written skills
  • Adept at using technology
  • Excellent time management and organisation skills
  • Detail-oriented and resourceful
  • Good problem solving skills and ability to prioritise work
  • Emotional intelligence to work well with a range of different staff

How to become an Administrative Assistant

You do not need any formal qualifications to become an Administrative Assistant, however, if you want your resume to stand out and be recognised by employers, studying the BSB30120 - Certificate III in Business (Administration) or BSB40120 - Certificate IV in Business (Administration) is recommended. 

If you want to move on to more senior roles, consider exploring qualifications such as the BSB50120 - Diploma of Business (Operations). 
I believe it compliments my current administration experience. I feel I am now of more value to my employer and it has also improved my resume for any future job opportunities that may arise.
Student Q&A: Jayden Tilley
, Business Faculty Student - Business Administration
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Administrative assistant quick facts

Women (64%) make up most of this task force which is expected to grow moderately over the next 5 years from 20,100 jobs in 2020 to 20,300 by 2025.

  • Average Hours Worked
    43 full-time hours per week vs. all jobs average of 44 hours
  • Main Industries
    Public administration; education and training, and health care and social assistance
  • Job Growth
    Expected to be moderate in the next five years. From 20,100 in 2020 to 20,300 by 2025.

* All information on this page has been complied using figures from and the Australian Government's  - all figures are indications only, and are accurate at time of publication. Please do your own research before selecting a course or career.

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