How to become a Secretary

Secretaries assist professionals, managers and executives by performing clerical and secretarial duties.

Personal requirements of a Secretary

  • Good command of the English language, both written and spoken
  • Sound organisational and interpersonal skills
  • Able to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Able to work independently
  • Aptitude for working with computers
  • Neat personal appearance
  • Able to act with tact and discretion.

Education & Training for a Secretary

To become a secretary, 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 secretary through a traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

very strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 4.3%

NSW 33.7%

NT 0.7%

QLD 19.7%

SA 4.5%

TAS 1.5%

VIC 23%

WA 12.7%

Hours worked:



below average

Gender split:

Male 50.3%

Female 49.8%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 12.2%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 0%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 0%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 10.3%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 35.9%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 41.7%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 34.5%

Above 35 years: 66.1%

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

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