Tribunal Members hear industrial, administrative or other disputes to assist in resolving differences and to arbitrate on issues.

Specialisations: Administrative Appeals Tribunal Member, Industrial Relations Commissioner.

Tribunal Members 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 Tribunal Members have a lot more experience before being appointed.

Tasks

  • Exercises arbitral powers if resolution is not achieved or seems improbable through conciliation.
  • Prepares settlement memoranda and obtains signatures of parties.
  • Advises government of legal, constitutional and parliamentary matters and drafts bills and attends committee meetings during consideration of bills.

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

Tribunal Members

  • 670 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 51% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 47 hours Average full-time
  • 59 years Average age
  • 53% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Tribunal Members (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 640 in 2011 to 670 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Tribunal Members work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in the Public Administration and Safety industry.
  • Full-time: Around half work full-time (51%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 47 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 59 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Most workers are aged 45 years or over
  • Gender: 53% 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 Safety91.8
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2.7
Health Care and Social Assistance1.8
Financial and Insurance Services1.1
Other Industries2.6

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.
StateTribunal MembersAll Jobs Average
NSW31.331.6
VIC29.425.6
QLD15.820.0
SA6.87.0
WA8.410.8
TAS1.82.0
NT1.41.0
ACT5.11.9

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 BracketTribunal MembersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.05.0
20-240.0-9.39.3
25-341.8-22.922.9
35-447.5-22.022.0
45-5421.9-21.621.6
55-5918.9-9.09.0
60-6421.3-6.06.0
65 and Over28.7-4.24.2

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 QualificationTribunal MembersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate47.4-10.110.1
Bachelor degree46.5-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma2.6-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV0.6-21.121.1
Year 121.9-18.118.1
Year 110.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below0.9-12.512.5

Tribunal Members 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 Tribunal Members have a lot more experience before being appointed.

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

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