Production Clerks record and coordinate the flow of work and materials between departments, examine orders for goods, and prepare production schedules.

Also known as: Production Recorder or Schedule Clerk.

Specialisations: Delivery Clerk, Logistics Clerk.

Either extensive experience or a formal qualification in logistics or warehousing operations is needed to work as a Production Clerk. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Production Clerks. Traineeships may be available.

Tasks

  • Examines orders and compiles data for production schedules.
  • Checks inventories and prepares delivery schedules.
  • Examines containers to ensure that they are filled, and records quantities.
  • Investigates and identifies supply sources and prepares and processes purchase orders.
  • Counts incoming stock and reconciles it with requisitions, and updates inventory and stock location records.

All Purchasing and Supply Logistics Clerks

  • $1,251 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Production Clerks

  • 4,500 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 84% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 40 years Average age
  • 53% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Production Clerks (in their main job) grew moderately over 5 years:
from 4,300 in 2011 to 4,500 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Production Clerks work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: They work in many industries such as Manufacturing; Transport, Postal and Warehousing; and Public Administration and Safety.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (84%, much 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 40 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 53% 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)
Manufacturing22.1
Transport, Postal and Warehousing14.0
Public Administration and Safety12.5
Information Media and Telecommunications8.9
Other Industries42.5

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.
StateProduction ClerksAll Jobs Average
NSW33.231.6
VIC24.425.6
QLD19.320.0
SA6.77.0
WA10.010.8
TAS2.02.0
NT1.31.0
ACT3.01.9

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 BracketProduction ClerksAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.5-5.05.0
20-249.1-9.39.3
25-3426.0-22.922.9
35-4424.0-22.022.0
45-5423.1-21.621.6
55-598.6-9.09.0
60-645.3-6.06.0
65 and Over2.4-4.24.2

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 QualificationProduction ClerksAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate6.6-10.110.1
Bachelor degree17.8-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma13.8-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV20.4-21.121.1
Year 1224.4-18.118.1
Year 115.5-4.84.8
Year 10 and below11.5-12.512.5

Either extensive experience or a formal qualification in logistics or warehousing operations is needed to work as a Production Clerk. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Production Clerks. Traineeships may be available.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • high risk work licence
  • forklift licence
  • driver's licence

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 Transport and Logistics Training Package VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

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Employers look for Purchasing and Supply Logistics Clerks who interact well with others, are organised, trustworthy and responsible.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Production and Processing

    64% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  2. Administration and Management

    59% Skill level

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

  3. Mathematics

    59% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. Customer and Personal Service

    56% Skill level

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

  5. Clerical

    55% Skill level

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

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 43-5061.00 - Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Telephone

    98% Important

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  2. Contact With Others

    94% Important

    How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

  3. Face-to-Face Discussions

    94% Important

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

  4. Work With Work Group or Team

    92% Important

    How important is it to work with others in a group or team?

  5. Electronic Mail

    91% Important

    How often do you use electronic mail?

Occupational Information Network
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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 43-5061.00 - Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks.

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