How to become a Logistics Clerk

Logistics clerks record and coordinate the flow of work and materials between departments, examine orders for goods, and prepare production schedules.

Personal requirements of a Logistics Clerk

  • Enjoy clerical and administrative activities
  • Good numeracy skills
  • A methodical approach to work
  • Good communication skills
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Sound interpretation and analysis skills
  • Attention to detail

Education & Training for a Logistics Clerk

To become a logistics clerk you usually have to complete a traineeship in Logistics. 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. You can also become a logistics clerk through a VET qualification in logistics. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have a business or commerce degree with a major in logistics, supply chain management or a related field. 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. A number of universities in Australia offer relevant degrees. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information.

Duties & Tasks of a Logistics Clerk

Logistics clerks may perform the following tasks:

  • requisition supplies from stock and send orders to production departments and other firms
  • confirm completion of orders and compliance with specified details
  • receive and check purchase requests against inventory records and stock on hand
  • examine orders and compile data for production schedules
  • check inventories and prepare delivery schedules
  • investigate and identify supply sources, and prepare and process purchase orders
  • count incoming stock and reconcile it with requisitions
  • update inventory and stock location records.

Working conditions for a Logistics Clerk

Logistics clerks may work in offices, storerooms and warehouses. Conditions in warehouses may be hot and dusty during summer and cold during winter. They usually work regular business hours, but may be required to work longer hours during busy periods. Logistics clerks may use specially designed electronic inventory data collection devices. They may also be required to operate forklifts or other heavy machinery, and to wear high-visibility clothing and other safety equipment in warehouse situations.

Employment Opportunities for a Logistics Clerk

Logistics clerks are employed by firms involved in the movement of goods. These include shipping agents, import/export companies, freight forwarding and storage companies, and road haulage firms. Wholesalers and large manufacturing firms may also employ logistics clerks.

Additional Information
Logistics clerks who are required to operate a forklift will need to obtain a Perform High Risk Work Licence. See the separate entry for Forklift Operator for full details.
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