How to become a Human Resources Officer

Human resources officers provide administration services for the recruitment and employment of staff. In small organisations, human resources officers are usually responsible for all staffing matters. In large organisations they may specialise in a particular area such as recruitment, wages and entitlements or staff training.

Personal requirements of a Human Resources Officer

  • Good planning, organisational, analytical and decision-making skills
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Tactful and discrete when dealing with people and confidential information

Education & Training for a Human Resources Officer

To become a human resources officer you usually have to complete a VET qualification. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. The Australian Human Resources Institute offers short courses and VET qualifications in human resources. The Recruitment and Consulting Services Association (RCSA) also offers related short courses and VET qualifications. Contact the institutions for further information. You can also become a human resources officer through a traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. Alternatively, you can become a human resources officer by completing a degree in human resource management, or business or commerce with a major in human resource management. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English and mathematics are normally required. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit A degree in a related area such as industrial relations, psychology, management or economics may also be useful in gaining employment.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 1.5%

NSW 32.1%

NT 1.4%

QLD 20.7%

SA 5.6%

TAS 1.4%

VIC 25.2%

WA 12.2%

Hours worked:



below average

Gender split:

Male 46.2%

Female 53.8%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 4.2%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 5%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 9.7%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 16.6%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 32.6%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 31.8%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 22%

Above 35 years: 77.9%

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

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