Court and Legal Clerks
Court and Legal Clerks provide administrative and operational support to Legal Professionals by performing clerical work associated with the functions of courts, legal practices and the administration of trusts and estates.
listing actions for hearing and processing documentation for court actions
documenting details of court proceedings, actions and decisions
enforcing the law as an officer of the court by executing court orders such as eviction notices
serving legal orders and documents such as summonses and subpoenas
organising jury and witness lists, and summonsing and swearing in juries and witnesses
maintaining order in court and hearing rooms and adjacent areas
assisting Solicitors in areas of conveyancing, contracts, common law, probate and other legal practice matters
satisfying statutory requirements, establishing beneficial entitlements and distributing assets
maintaining probate and trust files, investing trust funds and administering accounts
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Informal or on-the-job
The NSC produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. The latest data are for the five years from November 2021 to November 2026. Over this period, the number of workers:
- is expected to grow strongly
- is likely to reach 18,700 by 2026.
Source: National Skills Commission Employment Projections to 2026.
Notes: The number employed includes people who work in this occupation as their main job. People who work in more than one job are counted against the occupation they work the most hours in.
Employment projections figures are rounded to the nearest 100. Calculations based on these rounded figures may result in differences to the numbers that are displayed on this page. Employment projections data (including occupations) can be downloaded from the Employment Projections page.
Number of Workers
Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, ABS seasonally adjusted data to November 2021 and National Skills Commission Employment Projections to 2026.
Earnings and hours
Around 65% of people employed as Court and Legal Clerks work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is similar to the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 40 hours per week in their main job. This is 4 hours less than the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
More than a third of workers regularly work overtime or extra hours (either paid or unpaid).
Median full-time earnings are $1,242 per week, this is much lower than the all jobs median ($1,593):
- 3 in 4 workers earn more than $1,047
- 1 in 4 earn more than $1,519
Median hourly earnings are $33, this is lower than the all jobs median ($41 per hour).
Sources: Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average. Overtime hours: ABS, Characteristics of Employment, 2021. Full-time median earnings and median hourly earnings: ABS, Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021. Compared to all jobs median.
Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)
|Earnings||Court and Legal Clerks||All Jobs Average|
Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021, 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.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Court and Legal Clerks||All Jobs Average|
Around 70% of Court and Legal Clerks live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.
Victoria has a large share of employment relative to its population size.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Court and Legal Clerks is 35 years. This is younger than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 25 to 34 years.
Females make up 75% of the workforce. This is 27 percentage points above the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Court and Legal Clerks||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||4.1||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
Formal qualifications are not essential to work as a Court or Legal Clerk. Although some workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification or a university degree in legal services, law, justice, criminology or another related field.
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- AAPathways website to explore Public Sector VET training pathways.
Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Court and Legal Clerks||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||7.6||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||7.4||12.5|
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.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Court and Legal Clerks, who are professional, courteous and responsible.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Reading work related information.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Talking to others.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
45%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
43%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Looking for ways to help people.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
41%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
Teaching people how to do something.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.
Using maths to solve problems.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
56%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
53%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
44%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
32%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
22%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
19%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
17%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
15%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
11%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
6%Sociology and anthropology
Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
5%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
Read and understand written information.
Write in a way that people can understand.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
43%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
Do two or more things at the same time.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
See details that are far away.
Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
74%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
67%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
65%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
64%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
63%Working with the public
Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.
62%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
61%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
57%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
57%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
56%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
55%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
55%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
54%Providing office support
Doing day-to-day office work such as filing and processing paperwork.
53%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
52%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
51%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
48%Making sense of information and ideas
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
45%Negotiating and resolving conflicts
Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.
39%Coming up with systems and processes
Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.
36%Scheduling work and activities
Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
Interests and demands
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.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
96%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
Talk with people face-to-face.
93%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
Talk on the telephone.
Work to strict deadlines.
91%Repeating same tasks
Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.
Use electronic mail.
87%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
87%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
Work with people in a group or team.
82%Spend time sitting
Spend time sitting at work.
77%Angry or unpleasant people
Deal with unpleasant, angry, or rude people.
77%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
76%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
76%Making repetitive motions
Spend time making repetitive motions.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
Deal with conflict or disagreements.
70%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
66%Letters and memos
Write letters and memos.
59%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
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