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Around 124,900 people are currently employed as Personal Assistants in Australia. This is set to increase slightly to 127,500 people by 2019, according to the Department of Employment.
Employment by State
33.2% of all Personal Assistants are employed in NSW. The area with the lowest number of Personal Assistants is NT, with only 1.4%.
This is a very female dominated industry with 19.4% of Personal Assistants being male and 80.6% female.
The most popular age for people working as Personal Assistants is 45-54 years old, with 32.3%. A small percentage (3.9%) of people get into this career path older, aged 65 and over. There is also a number of people who enjoy a career as Personal Assistants, with 12.2% aged 55-59.
Personal Assistants work an average of 38.7 hours a week which is 2.2 hours lower than the average for all occupations.
The majority of Personal Assistants have a Years 11 & 10 qualification (28.3%) or are at a Year 12 level (17.7%). 52.7% of people have a Cert III or higher, whilst 47.3% have a qualification which is Year 12 or lower.
Personal Assistant Duties & Tasks
Liaising with other staff on matters relating to the organisation's operations
Researching and preparing reports, briefing notes, memoranda, correspondence and other routine documents
Maintaining confidential files and documents
Attending meetings and acting as secretary as required
Maintaining appointment diaries and making travel arrangements
Processing incoming and outgoing mail, filing correspondence and maintaining records
Screening telephone calls and answering inquiries
Taking and transcribing dictation of letters and other documents
May supervise other secretarial and clerical staff
*The information provided on this page is from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website. All salary ranges are from Payscale. Where jobs are not exact matches, job areas have been used. This information is to be used as a guide only.
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