Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers conduct audits of accounting systems, procedures and financial statements, manage corporate funding and financial risk, and administer and review corporate compliance activities.

    You usually need a bachelor degree in a relevant field to work as an Auditor, Company Secretary or Corporate Treasurer. Some Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers complete postgraduate studies.

    Tasks

    • arranging, giving notice of and attending meetings of directors and shareholders
    • advising organisations' governing boards on matters concerning compliance with stock exchange listing rules, relevant legislation and corporation practice
    • supervising organisations' share capital by preparing documents and share issues, and handling share transfers
    • controlling treasury and treasury systems and establishing and reviewing risk management objectives and treasury policies
    • identifying, managing and reporting on financial risks
    • assisting with equity management, debt management, securities and taxation planning issues
    • collecting, analysing and interpreting information on the financial standing, cost structures and trading effectiveness of organisations
    • devising, re-organising and establishing budgetary cost control and other accounting systems such as computer-based systems
    • conducting audits and investigations and preparing financial statements and reports for management, shareholders, and governing and statutory bodies
    • evaluating the cost effectiveness and risks of operational processes, activities, policies and systems
    • reporting to management on the existence and effectiveness of the system of internal controls
    • establishing audit objectives, and designing and implementing audit methodologies, processes and audit report criteria

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    • $1,916 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 20,600 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 86% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 38 years Average age
    • 48% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
    from 20,600 in 2018 to 22,600 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 10,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 2,000 a year).

    • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Financial and Insurance Services; and Public Administration and Safety.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,916 per week (higher than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (86%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 38 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 48% 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
    200812900
    200914500
    201014400
    201116600
    201218000
    201315600
    201418900
    201517400
    201622200
    201720000
    201820600
    202322600

    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.
    EarningsAuditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate TreasurersAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings19161460

    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 Services30.8
    Financial and Insurance Services23.6
    Public Administration and Safety21.3
    Health Care and Social Assistance2.5
    Other Industries21.8

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateAuditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate TreasurersAll Jobs Average
    NSW38.631.6
    VIC26.825.6
    QLD15.020.0
    SA5.67.0
    WA9.010.8
    TAS1.32.0
    NT0.51.0
    ACT3.01.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketAuditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate TreasurersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.3-5.05.0
    20-247.4-9.39.3
    25-3431.6-22.922.9
    35-4426.8-22.022.0
    45-5419.0-21.621.6
    55-597.1-9.09.0
    60-644.6-6.06.0
    65 and Over3.2-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, 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 QualificationAuditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate TreasurersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate25.3-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree47.9-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma9.1-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV5.8-21.121.1
    Year 128.5-18.118.1
    Year 111.2-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below2.3-12.512.5

    You usually need a bachelor degree in a relevant field to work as an Auditor, Company Secretary or Corporate Treasurer. Some Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers complete postgraduate studies.

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    Employers look for Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers who have strong attention to detail, are organised and work independently.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Economics and Accounting

      92% Skill level

      Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

    2. Mathematics

      74% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    3. English Language

      69% Skill level

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

    4. Administration and Management

      68% Skill level

      Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

    5. Customer and Personal Service

      68% Skill level

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

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    Demands

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

    1. Electronic Mail

      100% Important

      How often do you use electronic mail?

    2. Face-to-Face Discussions

      96% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    3. Telephone

      96% Important

      How often do you talk on the telephone?

    4. Work With Work Group or Team

      95% Important

      How important is it to work with others in a group or team?

    5. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      91% Important

      How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

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