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Personal Assistant

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

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The current average salary of an Personal Assistant is $60,000 - 82,900 annually


What does a Personal Assistant do?

Personal assistants work within a range of industry, helping managers and senior staff to stay organised and on track.

Read more about the administration and business industry.

What skills do you need to be a Personal Assistant? 

The key skills of a personal assistant are clerical and administrative.  A personal assistant may answer the phone, take minutes in meetings and assist their employer in managing their workload and calendar.

  • Communicating with colleagues
  • Preserving files
  • Organising meetings
  • Conducting research and preparing briefs
  • Responding to enquiries

How to become a Personal Assistant 

Formal education is generally not required to become a Personal Assistant. However, employers look favourably at candidates who have received on-the-job training and posses VET qualifications.

Personal Assistants need to have good problem-solving skills and excellent computer literacy skills. Studying a BSB40120 - Certificate IV in Business (Administration) or BSB30120 - Certificate III in Business (Administration) can give you the skills and knowledge to carry out the key responsibilities of this role. 
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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Personal assistant quick facts

Working as a personal assistant will allow you to make the most of your organisational, communication, and research abilities.

The number of professionals in this industry is expected to fall 47,200 by 2025.

  • Average Hours Worked
    41 full-time hours per week vs. all jobs average of 44 hours
  • Main Industries
    Administration & business; and scientific and technical services
  • Job Growth 
    Expected to fall in the next five years 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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