Magistrates hear criminal matters to determine whether defendants will be committed for trial, and adjudicate minor criminal offences without a jury.

Also known as: Chamber Magistrate.

Specialisations: Children's Court Magistrate, Industrial Court Magistrate, Licensing Court Magistrate.

Magistrates are usually appointed by a State or Federal Governor or Attorney-General. To be eligible, you need to have completed a law degree and have been licensed to practise law for a minimum of eight years, although most Magistrates have a lot more experience before being appointed.

Tasks

  • Hears and evaluates arguments and evidence in civil and criminal summary matters.
  • Decides penalties and sentences within statutory limits, such as fines, bonds and detention, awards damages in civil matters, and issues court orders.

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  • $1,978 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment

Magistrates

  • 420 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 88% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 58 years Average age
  • 39% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Magistrates (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 520 in 2011 to 420 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Magistrates work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in the Public Administration and Safety industry.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (88%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 58 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Most workers are aged 45 years or over
  • Gender: 39% 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)
Public Administration and Safety100.0

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.
StateMagistratesAll Jobs Average
NSW28.331.6
VIC25.425.6
QLD20.020.0
SA8.77.0
WA12.810.8
TAS2.92.0
NT0.01.0
ACT1.91.9

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 BracketMagistratesAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.05.0
20-240.0-9.39.3
25-340.0-22.922.9
35-445.7-22.022.0
45-5427.8-21.621.6
55-5924.6-9.09.0
60-6423.7-6.06.0
65 and Over18.2-4.24.2

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 QualificationMagistratesAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate22.9-10.110.1
Bachelor degree75.1-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma1.2-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV0.0-21.121.1
Year 120.7-18.118.1
Year 110.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below0.0-12.512.5

Magistrates are usually appointed by a State or Federal Governor or Attorney-General. To be eligible, you need to have completed a law degree and have been licensed to practise law for a minimum of eight years, although most Magistrates have a lot more experience before being appointed.

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

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  • national police check

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