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Office Manager

An Office Manager organises the day to day activities of a company or individual, often related to financial planning, billing and bookkeeping. This may also include data entry, logistics and making sure resources are available to other departments.


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Employment Levels

Around 124,900 people are currently employed as Office Managers 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 Office Managers are employed in NSW. The area with the lowest number of Office Managers is NT, with only 1.4%.

Gender Split

This is a very female dominated industry with 19.4% of Office Managers being male and 80.6% female.

Age Brackets

The most popular age for people working as Office Managers 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 Office Managers, with 12.2% aged 55-59.

Hours Worked

Office Managers work an average of 38.7 hours a week which is 2.2 hours lower than the average for all occupations.

Education Level

The majority of Office Managers 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.

Office Manager Duties & Tasks

  • Sort and distribute incoming mail
  • Write business letters, reports and business memoranda using word processing software
  • File paper and documents
  • Operate a range of office machines, like photocopiers and printers
  • Answer telephone enquiries from both customers and company members



*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.