How to become a Administrative Assistant

Administrative assistants perform a range of administrative tasks in an organisation.

Personal requirements of a Administrative Assistant

  • Able to work methodically, accurately and neatly
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Neat personal appearance

Education & Training for a Administrative Assistant

You can work as an administrative assistant without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications. You may like to consider a VET qualification in business, business administration or a related field. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become an administrative assistant through a traineeship in Business or Business Administration. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For further details, visit

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 3.4%

NSW 32.3%

NT 1.6%

QLD 22.7%

SA 7.4%

TAS 1.8%

VIC 21.2%

WA 9.5%

Hours worked:




Gender split:

Male 15%

Female 85%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 2%

Not completed Year 12: 20.5%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 26.5%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 16.8%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 11.5%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 17.4%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 5.3%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 34.2%

Above 35 years: 65.7%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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