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

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

    Tasks

    • developing, reviewing and negotiating variations to contracts, programs, projects and services
    • responding to inquiries and resolving problems concerning contracts, programs, projects, services provided, and persons affected
    • managing paperwork associated with contracts, programs, projects and services provided
    • working with Project Managers, Architects, Engineering Professionals, owners and others to ensure that goals are met
    • advising senior management on matters requiring attention and implementing their decisions
    • overseeing work by contractors and reporting on variations to work orders
    • preparing and reviewing submissions and reports concerning the organisation's activities
    • collecting and analysing data associated with projects undertaken, and reporting on project outcomes
    • reviewing and arranging new office accommodation

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    • $1,660 Weekly Pay
    • Decline Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 94,500 workers Employment Size
    • High skill Skill level rating
    • 82% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 42 years Average age
    • 55% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Contract, Program and Project Administrators (in their main job) fell over the past 5 years and is expected to fall over the next 5 years:
    from 94,500 in 2018 to 80,800 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 60,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 12,000 a year).

    • Size: This is a very large occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Contract, Program and Project Administrators work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: They work in many industries such as Public Administration and Safety; Construction; and Education and Training.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,660 per week (very high compared to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (82%, 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: 55% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    200884200
    200991500
    2010103600
    201193400
    201298600
    2013121800
    2014114600
    2015128400
    2016119200
    2017117500
    201894500
    202380800

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
    EarningsContract, Program and Project AdministratorsAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings16601460

    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 Safety25.0
    Construction10.5
    Education and Training9.7
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services8.9
    Other Industries45.9

    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, Program and Project AdministratorsAll Jobs Average
    NSW30.331.6
    VIC23.025.6
    QLD20.720.0
    SA6.77.0
    WA10.210.8
    TAS1.72.0
    NT1.41.0
    ACT5.91.9

    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, Program and Project AdministratorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.3-5.05.0
    20-243.7-9.39.3
    25-3424.6-22.922.9
    35-4429.6-22.022.0
    45-5425.6-21.621.6
    55-599.2-9.09.0
    60-645.0-6.06.0
    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, Program and Project AdministratorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate18.3-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree31.4-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma16.4-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV14.1-21.121.1
    Year 1213.0-18.118.1
    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 Contract, Program or Project Administrator. Formal qualifications might be useful but aren't essential. A course in contract management, business administration 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. 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

      How often do you talk on the telephone?

    2. Face-to-Face Discussions

      99% Important

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

    3. Electronic Mail

      97% Important

      How often do you use electronic mail?

    4. Contact With Others

      92% Important

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

    5. Structured versus Unstructured Work

      91% Important

      How much freedom do you have to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals?

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