How to become a Records Officer

Records officers are responsible for the creation, storage, retrieval and disposal of all recorded information about an organisation's activities. Information can come in many formats, such as digital, photographic, film or paper. This information contributes to what is often called the 'corporate memory' of the organisation, without which an organisation could not function properly or be held accountable for its actions.

Personal requirements of a Records Officer

  • Good planning and organisational skills
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Attention to detail

Education & Training for a Records Officer

To become a records 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. You may be able to study through distance education. You can also become a records officer through a traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Additional Information

Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia is the professional organisation for records officers. Membership is available at various levels depending on qualifications and experience.

Duties & Tasks of a Records Officer

Records officers:

  • research and analyse the information needs of an organisation and develop procedures to meet those needs
  • undertake audits of information created and stored within the organisation
  • establish the duration for which records are to be kept according to policy and legislative requirements
  • develop policies for the distribution and storage of records, including the incorporation of new information technologies into the organisation
  • create and maintain databases for the control and retrieval of information
  • provide support to meet regulatory, accountability and transparency requirements of organisations
  • interpret freedom of information, archives and records and privacy legislation as it governs access to organisation information.

Working conditions for a Records Officer

Records officers must work closely with all staff members to make sure that the information systems of the organisation meet their needs and the organisation's objectives.

Employment Opportunities for a Records Officer

Records officers work in a variety of environments, including federal, state and territory government departments, local councils, commercial firms (such as banks and resource companies), churches and professional associations. It is possible for records officers to move between different organisations and industries. Self-employment is possible, mainly through contract work in setting up new record systems and by advising firms on methods of improved record storage and retrieval. With experience, and sometimes further training, records officers may progress into team leader, coordinator and managerial roles.

Avg. weekly wage:

$1,595

Future growth:

Decline

Employment by state:

ACT ACT 5.1%

NSW NSW 24.4%

NT NT 1.7%

QLD QLD 19.3%

SA SA 5.5%

TAS TAS 1.5%

VIC VIC 36.8%

WA WA 5.7%

Hours worked:

34.1

Unemployment:

Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 31.2%

Female 68.8%

Education level:

Age brackets:

15-19 - 3.6%

20-24 - 0.4%

25-34 - 13.5%

35-44 - 31.3%

45-54 - 21.7%

55-59 - 11.1%

60-64 - 11.3%

65 and Over - 7.3%

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

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