Human resources officers provide administration services for the recruitment and employment of staff.
To become a human resources officer you usually have to complete a VET qualification in human resources or human resources management. 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 in Human Resources or Human Resources Management. 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. 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. Most universities in Australia offer degrees in these areas. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. A degree in a related area such as industrial relations, psychology, management or economics may also be useful in gaining employment.
Human resources officers may perform the following tasks:
Human resources officers are employed by both small and large organisations in industries such as banks, insurance companies, hospitals, manufacturing firms, airline and shipping companies and large retail stores. They are also employed by federal and state or territory government departments. Some people establish their own businesses as human resources consultants or find employment with human resources firms that offer outsourced human resources functions to clients.