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.

    Either extensive experience or a formal qualification in conveyancing, law or another related field is needed to work as a Conveyancer or Legal Executive. University and VET (Vocational Education and Training) are both common study pathways for Conveyancers and Legal Executives.

    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

    More about Conveyancers and Legal Executives

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    All Conveyancers and Legal Executives

    • $1,249 Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 14,800 workers Employment Size
    • High skill Skill level rating
    • 62% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 41 hours Average full-time
    • 35 years Average age
    • 82% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Conveyancers and Legal Executives (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow over the next 5 years:
    from 14,800 in 2018 to 16,000 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 14,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 2,800 a year).

    • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Conveyancers and Legal Executives work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services; and Public Administration and Safety.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,249 per week (below the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (62%, similar to the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 35 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 82% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    200810200
    20098900
    20109200
    201112400
    201210700
    201312400
    201411400
    20158300
    201614800
    201711700
    201814800
    202316000

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. 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 Earnings12491460

    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)
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services83.5
    Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services6.0
    Public Administration and Safety3.4
    Financial and Insurance Services2.5
    Other Industries4.6

    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.
    StateConveyancers and Legal ExecutivesAll Jobs Average
    NSW36.931.6
    VIC23.625.6
    QLD19.520.0
    SA6.27.0
    WA9.910.8
    TAS1.12.0
    NT0.61.0
    ACT2.21.9

    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 BracketConveyancers and Legal ExecutivesAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-191.7-5.05.0
    20-2419.3-9.39.3
    25-3427.7-22.922.9
    35-4418.5-22.022.0
    45-5417.6-21.621.6
    55-596.4-9.09.0
    60-644.9-6.06.0
    65 and Over3.8-4.24.2

    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 QualificationConveyancers and Legal ExecutivesAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate7.7-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree22.3-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma21.3-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV8.9-21.121.1
    Year 1228.6-18.118.1
    Year 114.1-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below7.1-12.512.5

    Either extensive experience or a formal qualification in conveyancing, law or another related field is needed to work as a Conveyancer or Legal Executive. University and VET (Vocational Education and Training) are both common study pathways for Conveyancers and Legal Executives.

    Registration with the relevant state or territory board may be needed to work as a Conveyancer or Legal Executive.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • conveyancer licence from the relevant body in your state or territory
    • national police check

    Thinking about study or training?

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

    • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
    • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Clerical

      77% Skill level

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

    2. English language

      71% Skill level

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

    3. Law and government

      66% Skill level

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

    4. Computers and electronics

      55% Skill level

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

    5. Customer and personal service

      48% Skill level

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

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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. Letters and memos

      97% Important

      Write letters and memos.

    2. Electronic mail

      97% Important

      Use electronic mail.

    3. Contact with people

      97% Important

      Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

    4. Telephone

      96% Important

      Talk on the telephone.

    5. Indoors, heat controlled

      94% Important

      Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

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