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Executive Assistant

An Executive Assistant (sometimes called an Executive Secretary) works closely with senior managerial or directorial staff to provide office and administrative support, usually on a one-to-one basis.


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Employment Levels

Around 63,300 people are currently employed as Executive Assistants in Australia. This is set to increase slightly to 64,500 people by 2019, according to the Department of Employment.

Employment by State

30% of all Executive Assistants are employed in VIC. The area with the lowest number of Executive Assistants is NT, with only 0.8%.

Gender Split

This is a very female dominated industry with 1.8% of Executive Assistants being male and 98.2% female.

Age Brackets

The most popular age for people working as Executive Assistants is 25-34 years old, with 28.5%. A small percentage (3.9%) of people get into this career path younger, aged 20-24. There is also a number of people who enjoy a career as Executive Assistants, with 9.3% aged 55-59.

Hours Worked

Executive Assistants work an average of 36.5 hours a week which is 4.4 hours lower than the average for all occupations.

Education Level

The majority of Executive Assistants have a Year 12 qualification (30%) or are at a Advanced Diploma/Diploma level (21.7%). 49.4% of people have a Cert III or higher, whilst 50.6% have a qualification which is Year 12 or lower.

Executive Assistant Duties & Tasks

  • Reading and responding to mail and correspondence
  • Managing diaries and calendar meetings
  • Organising travel and preparing itineraries
  • Managing budgets and updating records
  • Preparing presentations and other administrative duties



*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.