Company Secretaries plan, administer and review corporate compliance activities and effective practice concerning company board meetings and shareholdings, ensuring all business matters and transactions are managed and implemented as directed by the board.

    You usually need formal qualifications and some business experience to work as a Company Secretary. Company Secretaries often have university qualifications.

    Tasks

    • Arranges, gives notice of and attends meetings of directors and shareholders.
    • Advises organisations' governing boards on matters concerning compliance with stock exchange listing rules, relevant legislation and corporation practice.
    • Supervises organisations' share capital by preparing documents and share issues, and handling share transfers.

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    • $1,916 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Company Secretaries

    • 810 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 67% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 48 hours Average full-time
    • 50 years Average age
    • 64% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Company Secretaries (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 860 in 2011 to 810 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Company Secretaries work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: They work in many industries such as Financial and Insurance Services; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Manufacturing.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (67%, similar to the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 48 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 50 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (63%).
    • Gender: 64% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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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)
    Financial and Insurance Services17.4
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services13.2
    Manufacturing9.3
    Mining6.5
    Other Industries53.6

    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.
    StateCompany SecretariesAll Jobs Average
    NSW38.131.6
    VIC25.625.6
    QLD13.420.0
    SA7.27.0
    WA11.710.8
    TAS2.12.0
    NT0.41.0
    ACT1.51.9

    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 BracketCompany SecretariesAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-240.4-9.39.3
    25-3412.5-22.922.9
    35-4424.1-22.022.0
    45-5423.9-21.621.6
    55-5913.1-9.09.0
    60-6411.9-6.06.0
    65 and Over14.1-4.24.2

    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 QualificationCompany SecretariesAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate28.5-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree41.7-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma8.7-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV4.3-21.121.1
    Year 129.3-18.118.1
    Year 111.6-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below5.8-12.512.5

    You usually need formal qualifications and some business experience to work as a Company Secretary. Company Secretaries often have university qualifications.

    Membership with the Governance Institute of Australia may be useful.

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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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    1. Administration and Management

      89% Skill level

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

    2. Customer and Personal Service

      79% Skill level

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

    3. Personnel and Human Resources

      72% Skill level

      Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

    4. English Language

      65% Skill level

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

    5. Education and Training

      64% Skill level

      Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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