How to become a Bookmaker's Clerk

Bookmaker's clerks take bets from customers at betting agencies or bookmakers' stands, or over the phone, and assist bookmakers to provide betting services at race meetings.

Personal requirements of a Bookmaker's Clerk

  • Enjoy working with people
  • Able to work weekends and evenings
  • Good with figures
  • Comfortable working with computers

Education & Training for a Bookmaker's Clerk

You can work as a bookmaker’s clerk without formal qualifications, but employers usually require Year 10. You will probably get some informal training on the job.

Duties & Tasks of a Bookmaker's Clerk

Bookmakers’ clerks may perform the following tasks:

  • take bets from customers over the phone or in person
  • receive cash or record bets electronically
  • check on the amounts of money placed on race entrants, update the betting ledger and advise bookmakers
  • check details and numbers on winning betting tickets against those in the betting ledger, and pay money on winning tickets.

Employment Opportunities for a Bookmaker's Clerk

Bookmakers’ clerks may work for any licensed bookmaker in their state or territory at racing, trotting or greyhound associations. Positions are mostly casual and turnover is quite high. With experience and sufficient capital, bookmakers’ clerks may start their own bookmaking business.


Betting Agency Counter Clerk (Seller)

A betting agency counter clerk (seller) handles customer bets, payments and payouts in person for horse and dog racing, and other competitive sporting or recreation events.

Telephone Betting Clerk (Call Centre Operator)

A telephone betting clerk (call centre operator) records customer bets and telephone betting account details over the phone for horse and dog racing, and other competitive sporting or recreation events.

Additional Information
The minimum age for a bookmaker’s clerk is 18. You may also need to hold a relevant licence and undergo a National Police Check.
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