Court Bailiffs or Sheriffs implement court orders and serve legal orders and summonses as an officer of the court.

Specialisations: Sheriff's Officer.

You can work as a Court Bailiff or Sheriff without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training). A course in legal services, legal practice or justice, or studies towards a degree in justice, criminology or law might be helpful.

Tasks

  • Enforces the law as an officer of the court by executing court orders such as eviction notices.
  • Serves legal orders and documents such as summonses and subpoenas.

More about Court and Legal Clerks

All Court and Legal Clerks

  • $1,119 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Court Bailiffs and Sheriffs

  • 600 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 80% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 40 hours Average full-time
  • 48 years Average age
  • 32% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Court Bailiffs and Sheriffs (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 640 in 2011 to 600 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Court Bailiffs and Sheriffs work in many parts of Australia. South Australia has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in the Public Administration and Safety industry.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (80%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 40 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 48 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (63%).
  • Gender: 32% 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 Safety92.2
Administrative and Support Services4.6
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2.7
Other Services0.5

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.
StateCourt Bailiffs and SheriffsAll Jobs Average
NSW35.231.6
VIC23.825.6
QLD8.620.0
SA21.87.0
WA6.910.8
TAS1.02.0
NT1.51.0
ACT1.21.9

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 BracketCourt Bailiffs and SheriffsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.05.0
20-244.5-9.39.3
25-349.9-22.922.9
35-4423.0-22.022.0
45-5432.7-21.621.6
55-5913.8-9.09.0
60-6410.2-6.06.0
65 and Over5.9-4.24.2

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 QualificationCourt Bailiffs and SheriffsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate2.6-10.110.1
Bachelor degree8.9-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma16.3-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV32.6-21.121.1
Year 1220.4-18.118.1
Year 116.8-4.84.8
Year 10 and below12.3-12.512.5

You can work as a Court Bailiff or Sheriff without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training). A course in legal services, legal practice or justice, or studies towards a degree in justice, criminology or law might be helpful.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • driver's licence
  • national police check

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Public Sector VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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Employers look for Court and Legal Clerks, who are professional, courteous and responsible.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and Personal Service

    75% Skill level

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

  2. Public Safety and Security

    74% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  3. Law and Government

    70% Skill level

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

  4. Psychology

    67% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  5. Education and Training

    59% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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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, 33-3051.03 - Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

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

  1. Telephone

    99% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

  2. Deal With External Customers

    97% Important

    How important is it to work with customers or the public?

  3. Frequency of Decision Making

    97% Important

    How often do you make decisions that affect other people?

  4. Contact With Others

    96% Important

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

  5. Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People

    95% Important

    How often do you deal with unpleasant, angry, or rude people?

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 33-3051.03 - Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs.

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