Keyboard Operators input and process text and data, and prepare, edit and generate documents for storage, processing, publication and transmission.
A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed. Around half of workers have finished no post school qualifications (that is, they have completed some level of high school) Even with a qualification, further experience or on-the-job training is sometimes required.
- entering data and codes required to process information
- retrieving, confirming and updating data in storage and keeping records of data input
- taking verbatim records of proceedings in rapid shorthand using computerised equipment and shorthand-writing machines
- transcribing information recorded in shorthand and on sound recording equipment, and proofreading and correcting copy
- reading portions of transcripts during trials and other proceedings on request of Judges and other officials
- reproducing the spoken word, environmental sounds and song lyrics as captions for television programming, and the deaf and hearing impaired
- preparing reports, letters and similar material for publication and electronic transmission
- sorting outgoing material and preparing documents for transmission
- Data Entry Operator
- Machine Shorthand Reporter
- Word Processing Operator or Typist
Data Entry Operator (also called Data Processing Operator)
Operates a keyboard to input and transfer data into a computer for storage, processing and transmission.
Machine Shorthand Reporter
Records and reproduces the spoken word in court and parliamentary proceedings, television programming and for the deaf and hearing impaired using handwritten shorthand, stenotype shorthand machines, computer-assisted transcription software and sound recording equipment.
Specialisations: Braille Transcriber, Court Reporter, Hansard Reporter, Realtime Reporter, Stenocaptioner
Word Processing Operator or Typist
Operates a computer to type, edit and generate a variety of documents and reports.