Machine Shorthand Reporters record and reproduce 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.

You can work as a Machine Shorthand Reporter without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in machine shorthand might be helpful.

Tasks

  • Takes verbatim records of proceedings in rapid shorthand using computerised equipment and shorthand-writing machines.
  • Transcribes information recorded in shorthand and on sound recording equipment, and proofreads and corrects copy.
  • Reads portions of transcripts during trials and other proceedings on request of judges and other officials.
  • Reproduces the spoken word, environmental sounds and song lyrics as captions for television programs, and the deaf or hearing impaired.

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  • $1,035 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Machine Shorthand Reporters

  • 1,300 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 49% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41 hours Average full-time
  • 48 years Average age
  • 82% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Machine Shorthand Reporters (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 1,200 in 2011 to 1,300 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Machine Shorthand Reporters work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Public Administration and Safety; Administrative and Support Services; and Information Media and Telecommunications.
  • Full-time: Around half work full-time (49%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 48 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (60%).
  • Gender: 82% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Public Administration and Safety34.6
Administrative and Support Services34.5
Information Media and Telecommunications14.0
Health Care and Social Assistance5.1
Other Industries11.8

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateMachine Shorthand ReportersAll Jobs Average
NSW34.731.6
VIC23.825.6
QLD16.520.0
SA10.57.0
WA8.310.8
TAS2.82.0
NT1.11.0
ACT2.31.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketMachine Shorthand ReportersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.6-5.05.0
20-247.2-9.39.3
25-3416.8-22.922.9
35-4415.4-22.022.0
45-5425.1-21.621.6
55-5913.0-9.09.0
60-6411.8-6.06.0
65 and Over10.0-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationMachine Shorthand ReportersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate9.4-10.110.1
Bachelor degree28.5-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma17.2-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV7.2-21.121.1
Year 1222.3-18.118.1
Year 115.6-4.84.8
Year 10 and below9.8-12.512.5

You can work as a Machine Shorthand Reporter without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in machine shorthand might be helpful.

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Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Clerical

    83% Skill level

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

  2. English language

    74% Skill level

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

  3. Computers and electronics

    65% Skill level

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

  4. Customer and personal service

    51% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  5. Law and government

    48% Skill level

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

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Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Repeating same tasks

    100% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  2. Being exact or accurate

    99% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  3. Spend time sitting

    98% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  4. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    94% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  5. Making repetitive motions

    93% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

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O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 23-2091.00 - Court Reporters.

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