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Executive Personal Assistant

Find out how to become an executive personal assistant in the Administration and Business sector. Discover information on salary, growth, stability and occupational expectations.

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The current average salary of an Executive Personal Assistant is $75,000 - 97,400 annually


What does an Executive Personal Assistant do?

An executive personal assistant reports to a director or executive-level manager of a company, assisting with their administrative or clerical tasks.

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What skills do you need to be an Executive Personal Assistant?

Executive personal assistants are often put in charge of scheduling an executive’s meetings, travel demands, and errands, while performing other general office duties.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills as they may have to deal with other people on a daily basis
  • Highly organised and good with managing time; ensuring all appointments, meetings, and other demands are well-scheduled
  • Have thorough knowledge of the company and its operations
  • Good with managing and coordinating business staff
  • Can multitask and make quick, critical decisions; able to work well under pressure
  • Are good at conducting research and preparing reports on business operations

How to become an Executive Personal Assistant 

Having a formal qualification is not essential in becoming an Executive Personal Assistant as the job can be learnt through work experience.

However, studying the BSB40120 - Certificate IV in Business (Administration) or BSB30120 - Certificate III in Business (Administration) can help you gain the skills you need for this role, which can give you a competitive advantage from other candidates.

It's also recommended that for this role, you'll have advanced software skills, too. 
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Executive personal assistant quick facts

Executive personal assistants can find work in many industries, with most working full-time. Here are a few key facts on the role of an executive personal assistant.

Employment for this role is expected to fall in the next five years from 53,200 workers in 2020 to 47,200 by 2025.

  • Average Hours Worked
    41 full-time hours per week vs. all jobs average of 44 hours
  • Main Industries
    Professional, scientific, and technical services; public administration and safety; and financial and insurance services
  • Job Growth
    Expected to fall in the next five years, from 53,200 in 2020 to 47,200 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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