Program or Project Administrators plan and undertake administration of organisational programs, special projects and support services.

Also known as: Project Coordinator.

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

Tasks

  • Advises senior management on matters requiring attention and implements their decisions.
  • Oversees work by contractors and reports on variations to work orders.
  • Prepares and reviews submissions and reports concerning the organisation's activities.
  • Collects and analyses data associated with projects undertaken, and reports on project outcomes.
  • Reviews and arranges new office accommodation.

More about Contract, Program and Project Administrators

All Contract, Program and Project Administrators

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

Program and Project Administrators

  • 88,500 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 81% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 42 years Average age
  • 57% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Program and Project Administrators (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 87,100 in 2011 to 88,500 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very large occupation.
  • Location: Program and Project Administrators work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: They work in many industries such as Public Administration and Safety; Education and Training; and Health Care and Social Assistance.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (81%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 42 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 57% 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 Safety26.2
Education and Training11.2
Health Care and Social Assistance9.9
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services9.4
Other Industries43.3

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.
StateProgram and Project AdministratorsAll Jobs Average
NSW31.331.6
VIC23.425.6
QLD20.120.0
SA7.17.0
WA8.910.8
TAS1.42.0
NT1.41.0
ACT6.31.9

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 BracketProgram and Project AdministratorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.3-5.05.0
20-243.4-9.39.3
25-3423.7-22.922.9
35-4430.0-22.022.0
45-5426.3-21.621.6
55-599.2-9.09.0
60-644.9-6.06.0
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 QualificationProgram and Project AdministratorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate19.2-10.110.1
Bachelor degree30.8-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma16.2-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV14.2-21.121.1
Year 1212.8-18.118.1
Year 112.5-4.84.8
Year 10 and below4.3-12.512.5

At least 3 years relevant industry experience is needed to work as a Program or Project Administrator. Formal qualifications might be useful but aren't essential. A course in project management, business administration or a related field 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. Clerical

    83% Skill level

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

  2. Customer and personal service

    76% Skill level

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

  3. Personnel and human resources

    60% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  4. Computers and electronics

    60% Skill level

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

  5. Administration and management

    59% Skill level

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

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Demands

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

  1. Telephone

    100% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    99% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Electronic mail

    97% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  4. Contact with people

    92% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  5. Unstructured work

    91% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

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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, 11-3011.00 - Administrative Services Managers.

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