Cashiers receive cash, cheques or credit/debit card payments, record these payments using cash registers or electronic equipment and provide change to customers.
You can work as a cashier without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. You can also become a cashier through a traineeship in Retail Services. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For more details, see Section 2. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.
Cashiers may perform the following tasks:
Shiftwork and irregular hours may be involved. Most cashiers are employed on a part-time or casual basis. In most workplaces you will need to use computer systems for sales or payment processing.
Cashiers work in department stores, supermarkets, variety stores and related establishments in city and country locations. With experience, cashiers may move into clerical, accounts or sales areas, or into supervisory roles.
An office cashier receives and banks takings and makes payments in an office. In addition to receiving payments from customers, they may prepare wages or arrange for electronic transfer of funds, count and record monies received, balance takings against register sales records and produce periodic sales reports.
A service station cashier receives payments by cash, cheque and credit/debit cards for petrol and other merchandise at service stations, balances takings against register sales records and gives basic assistance and advice to customers.