Contract Administrators prepare, interpret, maintain, review and negotiate variations to contracts on behalf of organisations.

Also known as: Contract Officer.

At least 3 years relevant industry experience is needed to work as a Contract Administrator. Formal qualifications might be useful but aren't essential. A course in contract management, business or project management might be helpful.

Tasks

  • Develops, reviews and negotiates variations to contracts, programs, projects and services.
  • Responds to inquiries and resolves problems concerning contracts, programmes, projects, services provided, and persons affected.
  • Manages paperwork associated with contracts, programmes, projects and services provided.
  • Works with project managers, architects, engineering professionals, owners and others to ensure that goals are met.
  • Advises senior management on matters requiring attention and implementing their decisions.

More about Contract, Program and Project Administrators

All Contract, Program and Project Administrators

  • $1,660 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Contract Administrators

  • 18,000 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 89% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 40 years Average age
  • 46% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Contract Administrators (in their main job) grew moderately over 5 years:
from 17,100 in 2011 to 18,000 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Location: Contract Administrators work in many parts of Australia. Western Australia has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Construction; Public Administration and Safety; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (89%, 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 40 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 46% 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)
Construction29.9
Public Administration and Safety20.1
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services6.3
Mining5.1
Other Industries38.6

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateContract AdministratorsAll Jobs Average
NSW27.431.6
VIC21.125.6
QLD21.920.0
SA5.57.0
WA17.010.8
TAS1.22.0
NT1.71.0
ACT4.31.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketContract AdministratorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.3-5.05.0
20-245.0-9.39.3
25-3428.3-22.922.9
35-4427.5-22.022.0
45-5422.4-21.621.6
55-599.2-9.09.0
60-645.3-6.06.0
65 and Over2.1-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: 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 QualificationContract AdministratorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate13.8-10.110.1
Bachelor degree34.7-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma17.6-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV13.5-21.121.1
Year 1213.8-18.118.1
Year 112.2-4.84.8
Year 10 and below4.3-12.512.5

At least 3 years relevant industry experience is needed to work as a Contract Administrator. Formal qualifications might be useful but aren't essential. A course in contract management, business or project management might be helpful.

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Employers look for Contract, Program and Project Administrators who can communicate well with a variety of stakeholders and provide good customer service.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Administration and management

    68% Skill level

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

  2. Clerical

    68% Skill level

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

  3. English language

    63% Skill level

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

  4. Customer and personal service

    63% Skill level

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

  5. Law and government

    61% Skill level

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

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Demands

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

  1. Telephone

    98% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  2. Electronic mail

    97% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    93% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Frequent decision making

    90% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  5. Letters and memos

    88% Important

    Write letters and memos.

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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, 13-1023.00 - Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products.

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