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.

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.

Duties & Tasks of a Bookmaker's Clerk

Bookmakers' clerks:

  • 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.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT 0%

NSW 28.7%

NT 14.5%

QLD 28.7%

SA 13.6%

TAS 3.5%

VIC 1.9%

WA 9.1%


Hours worked:



Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 32%

Female 68%

Education level:

Highest qualification is secondary school: 42.2%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 12.7%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 5.1%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 8%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 1.5%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0.1%

20-24 - 6.1%

25-34 - 26.8%

35-44 - 22.6%

45-54 - 19.5%

55-59 - 8.2%

60-64 - 7.1%

65 and Over - 9.5%

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

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