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

  • $1,158 Weekly Pay
  • 11,900 workers Employment Size
  • Stable Future Growth
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • Average unemployment Unemployment
  • 57.2% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 38 hours Average full-time
  • 33.5 years Average age
  • 73.5% female Gender Share

The number of Conveyancers and Legal Executives grew strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to stay fairly stable over the next 5 years:
from 11,900 in 2017 to 12,100 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 10,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created (a large number for an occupation of this size).

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2017.
  • Location: Conveyancers and Legal Executives work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Public Administration and Safety; and Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn 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.
  • Full-time: More than half work full-time (57.2%, similar to the all jobs average of 68.4%), but there are many opportunites to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 38.0 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 34 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (27.1%).
  • Gender: 73.5% 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
20079400
200810300
20099100
20109400
201112500
201210700
201312700
201411200
20158600
201615200
201711900
202212100

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.
EarningsConveyancers and Legal ExecutivesAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings11581230

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 Services85.4
Public Administration and Safety4.5
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services4.4
Health Care and Social Assistance2.6
Other Industries3.1

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.
StateConveyancers and Legal ExecutivesAll Jobs Average
NSW32.831.6
VIC30.226.2
QLD13.719.7
SA7.16.7
WA10.510.8
TAS0.72.0
NT2.21.1
ACT3.01.8

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 BracketConveyancers and Legal ExecutivesAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-196.8-5.25.2
20-2420.3-9.99.9
25-3427.1-23.623.6
35-4417.5-21.721.7
45-5411.8-20.820.8
55-596.9-8.88.8
60-646.6-6.06.0
65 and Over2.9-4.04.0

Education Level

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.

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

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  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

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

  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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The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 23-2011.00 - Paralegals and Legal Assistants.

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