Court and Legal Clerks provide administrative and operational support to Legal Professionals by performing clerical work associated with the functions of courts, legal practices and the administration of trusts and estates.

A Certificate III including at least 2 years of on-the-job training, or a Certificate IV, or at least 3 years of relevant experience is required to work in this job. Around one third of Court and Legal Clerks have a university degree. Even with a qualification, sometimes additional experience or on-the-job training is needed.

Tasks

  • listing actions for hearing and processing documentation for court actions
  • documenting details of court proceedings, actions and decisions
  • enforcing the law as an officer of the court by executing court orders such as eviction notices
  • serving legal orders and documents such as summonses and subpoenas
  • organising jury and witness lists, and summonsing and swearing in juries and witnesses
  • maintaining order in court and hearing rooms and adjacent areas
  • assisting Solicitors in areas of conveyancing, contracts, common law, probate and other legal practice matters
  • satisfying statutory requirements, establishing beneficial entitlements and distributing assets
  • maintaining probate and trust files, investing trust funds and administering accounts

Job Titles

  • Clerk of Court
  • Court Bailiff or Sheriff
  • Court Orderly
  • Law or Legal Clerk
  • Trust Officer, or Trust Clerk
  • Clerk of Court

    Administers court registry services and performs administrative functions in support of Judges and Magistrates.

  • Court Bailiff or Sheriff

    Implements court orders and serves legal orders and summonses as an officer of the court.

    Specialisations: Sheriff's Officer

  • Court Orderly (also called Court Attendant or Court Officer)

    Provides operational support to a court or registry.

    Specialisations: Court Usher

  • Law or Legal Clerk

    Performs specialised clerical work associated with legal practice and law courts.

  • Trust Officer, or Trust Clerk

    Administers trusts, estates and settlements on behalf of beneficiaries.

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $916 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    stable
  • Skill Level

    Certificate III or IV
  • Employment Size

    13300
  • Unemployment

    average
  • Male Share

    27.3%
  • Female Share

    72.7%
  • Full-Time Share

    56.6%

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This is a medium sized occupation employing 13,300 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown strongly.
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.

  • Court and Legal Clerks work in most parts of Australia.
  • They mainly work in: Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Public Administration and Safety; and Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services.
  • Part-time work is fairly common, but more than half work full-time. Full-time workers, on average, work 35.5 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $916 per week (lower than 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 34 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Around 3 in 10 workers are young (aged 15 to 25 years).
  • Around 7 in 10 workers are female.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was similar to the 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
200513300
200612500
200713200
200811600
200912500
201011800
201112000
201213800
201312200
201412400
201513300
202013400

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.
EarningsCourt and Legal ClerksAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings9161230

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.
CategoryCourt and Legal ClerksAll Jobs Average
Full-time56.668.4
Part-time43.431.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)35.540

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 Services50.3
Public Administration and Safety38.3
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services3.2
Other Services1.9
Other Industries6.3

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.
StateCourt and Legal ClerksAll Jobs Average
NSW27.631.8
VIC3425.5
QLD20.119.8
SA9.86.8
WA4.911.2
TAS1.52
NT0.51.1
ACT1.71.8

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 BracketCourt and Legal ClerksAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-192.8-5.45.4
20-2423.9-9.99.9
25-3425.2-23.423.4
35-4415.2-21.721.7
45-5421.2-21.121.1
55-594.2-8.78.7
60-644.2-5.95.9
65 and Over3.3-3.83.8

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.
CategoryCourt and Legal ClerksCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males27.3Males53.6
Females72.7Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

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A Certificate III including at least 2 years of on-the-job training, or a Certificate IV, or at least 3 years of relevant experience is required to work in this job.
Around one third of Court and Legal Clerks have a university degree. Even with a qualification, sometimes additional experience or on-the-job training is needed.

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 Court and Legal Clerks, who are professional, courteous and responsible.

Knowledge

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

  1. Clerical

    87% Important

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

  2. English Language

    78% Important

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

  3. Law and Government

    71% Important

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

  4. Customer and Personal Service

    70% Important

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

  5. Computers and Electronics

    51% Important

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

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Activities

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

  1. Getting Information

    90% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  2. Interacting With Computers

    86% Important

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

  3. Processing Information

    84% Important

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  4. Documenting/Recording Information

    82% Important

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  5. Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work

    77% Important

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

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