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

  • $916 Weekly Pay
  • 12,700 workers Employment Size
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 62.5% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 36.4 hours Average full-time
  • 37 years Average age
  • 70.9% female Gender Share

The number of Court and Legal Clerks stayed fairly stable over the past 5 years and is expected to stay fairly stable over the next 5 years:
from 12,700 in 2017 to 12,900 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 11,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2017.
  • Location: Court and Legal Clerks work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Public Administration and Safety; and Financial and Insurance Services.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn 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.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (62.5%, similar to the all jobs average of 68.4%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 36.4 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 37 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (25.5%).
  • Gender: 70.9% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
200713900
200812800
200910500
201014800
201110600
201212700
201312200
201411900
201514800
201614800
201712700
202212900

Weekly Earnings

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

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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 Services49.0
Public Administration and Safety36.2
Financial and Insurance Services6.3
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services4.9
Other Industries3.6

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 2017, 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
NSW28.331.6
VIC30.926.2
QLD19.819.7
SA5.86.7
WA8.810.8
TAS2.12.0
NT1.51.1
ACT2.81.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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
15-190.4-5.25.2
20-2425.1-9.99.9
25-3420.3-23.623.6
35-4418.9-21.721.7
45-5416.2-20.820.8
55-598.6-8.88.8
60-644.1-6.06.0
65 and Over6.2-4.04.0

Education Level

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.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

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Employers look for Court and Legal Clerks, who are professional, courteous and responsible.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  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

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  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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