Human Resource Advisers provide staffing and personnel administration services in support of an organisation's human resource policies and programs.

Specialisations: Personnel Officer, Workforce Planning Analyst.

You usually need a formal qualification in human resources to work as a Human Resource Adviser. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Human Resource Advisers. Traineeships are also available.

Tasks

  • Arrange for advertising of job vacancies, interviewing and testing of applicants, and selection of staff.
  • Maintains personnel records and associated human resource information systems.
  • Provides advice and information to management on workplace relations policies and procedures, staff performance and disciplinary matters.
  • Arrange the induction of staff and provide information on conditions of service, salaries and promotional opportunities.
  • Receive and record job vacancy information from employers such as details about job description, wages and conditions of employment.
  • Provide information on current job vacancies in the organisation to employers and job seekers.
  • Undertakes negotiations on terms and conditions of employment, and examines and resolves disputes and grievances.
  • Studies and interprets legislation, awards, collective agreements and employment contracts, wage payment systems and dispute settlement procedures.
  • Develops, plans and formulates enterprise agreements or collective contracts such as productivity-based wage adjustment procedures, workplace relations policies and programs, and procedures for their implementation.
  • Oversees the formation and conduct of workplace consultative committees and employee participation initiatives.

More about Human Resource Professionals

All Human Resource Professionals

  • $1,662 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment

Human Resource Advisers

  • 24,600 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 78% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 37 years Average age
  • 80% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Human Resource Advisers (in their main job) grew strongly over 5 years:
from 22,100 in 2011 to 24,600 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Location: Human Resource Advisers work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: They work in many industries such as Public Administration and Safety; Administrative and Support Services; and Health Care and Social Assistance.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (78%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 37 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 80% 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 Safety23.2
Administrative and Support Services10.9
Health Care and Social Assistance10.7
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services9.2
Other Industries46.0

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.
StateHuman Resource AdvisersAll Jobs Average
NSW28.731.6
VIC25.325.6
QLD19.420.0
SA6.07.0
WA12.810.8
TAS1.82.0
NT1.31.0
ACT4.71.9

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 BracketHuman Resource AdvisersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.2-5.05.0
20-245.9-9.39.3
25-3437.1-22.922.9
35-4428.0-22.022.0
45-5418.2-21.621.6
55-595.8-9.09.0
60-643.3-6.06.0
65 and Over1.5-4.24.2

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 QualificationHuman Resource AdvisersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate18.4-10.110.1
Bachelor degree40.0-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma16.5-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV8.6-21.121.1
Year 1211.7-18.118.1
Year 111.9-4.84.8
Year 10 and below2.9-12.512.5

You usually need a formal qualification in human resources to work as a Human Resource Adviser. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Human Resource Advisers. Traineeships are also available.

Membership with the Australian Human Resources Institute may be useful.

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 Business Services VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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Employers look for Human Resource Professionals who have strong people skills, who are well presented and can communicate clearly.

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Knowledge

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  1. Clerical

    86% Skill level

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

  2. Personnel and Human Resources

    81% Skill level

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

  3. Administration and Management

    67% Skill level

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

  4. Customer and Personal Service

    62% Skill level

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

  5. Computers and Electronics

    58% Skill level

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

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  1. Electronic Mail

    100% Important

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  2. Telephone

    100% Important

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  3. Face-to-Face Discussions

    98% Important

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  4. Contact With Others

    91% Important

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  5. Letters and Memos

    91% Important

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