Legal Secretaries perform secretarial, clerical and other administrative tasks in support of Legal Professionals, applying knowledge of legal terminology, procedures and documents.

    You can work as a Legal Secretary without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Legal Secretaries often complete a certificate III or IV.

    Tasks

    • Liaises with other staff to arrange meetings, and to gain and provide information.
    • Prepares reports, briefing notes and correspondence, and proofreads work for typographical and grammatical errors.
    • Maintains diaries and makes travel arrangements.
    • Processes incoming and outgoing mail, filing correspondence and maintains records.
    • Answers telephone calls, responds to inquiries and redirects callers.
    • Takes and transcribes dictation of letters and other documents.
    • Greets visitors, ascertains nature of business and directs visitors to appropriate personal.
    • May implement management decisions and maintain records of meetings.

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    All Secretaries

    • $1,146 Weekly Pay
    • Decline Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Legal Secretaries

    • 9,100 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 62% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 39 hours Average full-time
    • 41 years Average age
    • 99% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Legal Secretaries (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
    from 10,900 in 2011 to 9,100 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a small occupation.
    • Location: Legal Secretaries work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services industry.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (62%, similar to the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 39 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 41 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 99% 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)
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services94.2
    Public Administration and Safety2.1
    Financial and Insurance Services0.8
    Administrative and Support Services0.5
    Other Industries2.4

    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.
    StateLegal SecretariesAll Jobs Average
    NSW42.631.6
    VIC19.225.6
    QLD21.120.0
    SA6.27.0
    WA7.510.8
    TAS1.82.0
    NT0.51.0
    ACT1.01.9

    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 BracketLegal SecretariesAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-191.6-5.05.0
    20-2411.6-9.39.3
    25-3422.7-22.922.9
    35-4422.3-22.022.0
    45-5422.6-21.621.6
    55-599.2-9.09.0
    60-646.7-6.06.0
    65 and Over3.4-4.24.2

    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 QualificationLegal SecretariesAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate3.3-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree8.9-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma18.0-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV15.2-21.121.1
    Year 1231.0-18.118.1
    Year 117.9-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below15.8-12.512.5

    You can work as a Legal Secretary without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Legal Secretaries often complete a certificate III or IV.

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    Employers look for Secretaries who have good people skills, are reliable, trustworthy and responsible, with sound computer skills.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Clerical

      88% Skill level

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

    2. English Language

      64% Skill level

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

    3. Computers and Electronics

      59% Skill level

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

    4. Law and Government

      57% Skill level

      How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

    5. Customer and Personal Service

      57% 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. Telephone

      99% Important

      How often do you talk on the telephone?

    3. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      98% Important

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

    4. Letters and Memos

      95% Important

      How often do you write letters and memos?

    5. Face-to-Face Discussions

      94% Important

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

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