Conveyancers and Legal Executives act for and on behalf of clients in the areas of property transfer, company and business law, trusts, wills, probate and litigation.

An Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or at least 3 years of relevant experience is usually needed to work in this job. Around one in four workers have a university degree. Even with a qualification, experience or on-the-job training is usually needed. Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks

  • preparing, examining and advising on contracts of sale for properties and businesses
  • carrying out title searches and contacting government authorities to find out if any planned development, illegal building work and disputes could affect properties and businesses
  • preparing, examining and advising on mortgage documentation
  • negotiating the terms and conditions of, and exchanging, contracts of sale, paying deposits, arranging payment of stamp duty, checking for outstanding arrears and land tax obligations, and calculating adjustments for council and water rates
  • interviewing clients to determine the nature of issues, and receiving written information concerning cases from Legal Professionals and clients
  • conferring with clients and potential witnesses and drawing up statements and proposed affidavits in preparation for court proceedings
  • maintaining legal files
  • preparing, analysing and interpreting a variety of legal documents
  • assisting Legal Professionals to prepare cases for court by conducting investigations, undertaking research, arranging witness preparation and attendance, and preparing and filing court documents
  • may supervise Law Clerks and Legal Secretaries and take responsibility for their work

Job Titles

  • Conveyancer, or Settlement Agent
  • Legal Executive
  • Conveyancer, or Settlement Agent

    Acts for and on behalf of clients in the area of property and business transfers. Registration or licensing may be required.

  • Legal Executive

    Acts for and on behalf of clients in the areas of property transfer, company and business law, trusts, wills, probate and litigation under the general supervision of a Barrister or Solicitor. Registration or licensing may be required.

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $1,158 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    stable
  • Skill Level

    Associate Degree or Diploma
  • Employment Size

    12,300
  • Unemployment

    below average
  • Male Share

    15.6%
  • Female Share

    84.4%
  • Full-Time Share

    66.1%

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This is a medium sized occupation employing 12,300 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown.
Little change in the number of jobs is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 10,001 and 25,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • Conveyancers and Legal Executives work in most parts of Australia.
  • They mainly work in: Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services; and Public Administration and Safety.
  • Full-time work is fairly common. Full-time workers, on average, work 37.6 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $1,158 per week (similar to the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The workforce is fairly young. The average age is 30 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Around 3 in 10 workers are young (aged 15 to 25 years).
  • Around 8 in 10 workers are female.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was below average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
20058900
20069400
200711600
20088900
20099000
201011500
20119800
201213500
201310700
201411500
201512300
202012400

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsConveyancers and Legal ExecutivesAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings11581230

Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryConveyancers and Legal ExecutivesAll Jobs Average
Full-time66.168.4
Part-time33.931.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)37.640.0

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services88.3
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services5.0
Public Administration and Safety3.6
Financial and Insurance Services2.3
Other Industries0.8

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateConveyancers and Legal ExecutivesAll Jobs Average
NSW38.731.8
VIC14.425.5
QLD24.719.8
SA4.36.8
WA14.611.2
TAS1.42.0
NT0.71.1
ACT1.11.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketConveyancers and Legal ExecutivesAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.9-5.45.4
20-2425.4-9.99.9
25-3432.4-23.423.4
35-4416.7-21.721.7
45-5413.8-21.121.1
55-595.8-8.78.7
60-643.2-5.95.9
65 and Over1.9-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryConveyancers and Legal ExecutivesCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males15.6Males53.6
Females84.4Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

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An Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or at least 3 years of relevant experience is usually needed to work in this job.
Around one in four workers have a university degree. Even with a qualification, experience or on-the-job training is usually needed. Registration or licensing may be required.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Conveyancers and Legal Executives who have a high attention to detail, are professional, courteous and responsible.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. English Language

    93% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  2. Law and Government

    90% Important

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  3. Clerical

    82% Important

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  4. Computers and Electronics

    67% Important

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  5. Customer and Personal Service

    62% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Interacting With Computers

    91% Important

    Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  2. Getting Information

    90% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  3. Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work

    89% Important

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  4. Communicating with Persons Outside Organization

    88% Important

    Communicating with customers, the public, government, and others in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

  5. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    86% Important

    Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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