Court Bailiffs and Sheriffs

ANZSCO ID 599212

Overview

Snapshot

Employed
600
Future Growth
N/A
Weekly Earnings
N/A
Full-Time Share
80%
Female Share
32%
Average age
48

Summary

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

Specialisations: Sheriff's Officer.

Formal qualifications are not essential to work as a Court Bailiff or Sheriff. Although some workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification in government (court compliance, court operations, security), justice, law enforcement or another related field.

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.

Characteristics

Job Type
Clerical And Administrative Workers
Skill Level
Medium skill
ANZSCO Occupation group
Unemployment Rate
n/a
Industries
Pathway(s)
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET)
  • Informal or on-the-job
Interests
  • Practical
  • Enterprising
  • Helping
Physical Demand
  • Sedentary
  • Light

Outlook

Employment Outlook

The NSC produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Court and Legal Clerks, under the outlook section.


Earnings and hours

Working arrangements

  • Around 80% of people employed as Court Bailiffs and Sheriffs work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 14 percentage points above 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).

    Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.


Industries

Main industries

1
Public Administration and Safety
89.9%
2
Administrative and Support Services
4.5%
3
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
2.7%
4
Other Services
0.5%

Regions

Employment across Australia

NSW

35.2% All occupations: 31.6%

VIC

23.8% All occupations: 25.6%

QLD

8.6% All occupations: 20.0%

SA

21.8% All occupations: 7.0%

WA

6.9% All occupations: 10.8%

TAS

1.0% All occupations: 2.0%

NT

1.5% All occupations: 1.0%

ACT

1.2% All occupations: 1.9%

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

State Court Bailiffs and Sheriffs All Jobs Average
NSW 35.2 31.6
VIC 23.8 25.6
QLD 8.6 20.0
SA 21.8 7.0
WA 6.9 10.8
TAS 1.0 2.0
NT 1.5 1.0
ACT 1.2 1.9


  • Around 68% of Court Bailiffs and Sheriffs live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.

    South Australia and New South Wales have a large share of employment relative to their 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.


Worker profile

Age and gender

Age In Years
48
All Jobs Average is 40
Female Share
32%
All Jobs Average is 48%
  • The median age of Court Bailiffs and Sheriffs is 48 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.

    A large share of workers are aged 45 to 54 years.

    Females make up 32% of the workforce. This is 16 percentage points below 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)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age Bracket Court Bailiffs and Sheriffs All Jobs Average
15-19 0.0 5.0
20-24 4.5 9.3
25-34 9.9 22.9
35-44 23.0 22.0
45-54 32.7 21.6
55-59 13.8 9.0
60-64 10.2 6.0
65 and Over 5.9 4.2
Median Age 48 40

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.


Employment Pathways

Education, training and experience

Formal qualifications are not essential to work as a Court Bailiff or Sheriff. Although some workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification in government (court compliance, court operations, security), justice, law enforcement or another related field.

Visit

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Public Sector VET training pathways.

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 Qualification Court Bailiffs and Sheriffs All Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 2.6 10.1
Bachelor degree 8.9 21.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma 16.3 11.6
Certificate III/IV 32.6 21.1
Year 12 20.4 18.1
Year 11 6.8 4.8
Year 10 and below 12.3 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

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  • 57%

    Active listening

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  • 57%

    Negotiation

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  • 57%

    Social perceptiveness

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  • 55%

    Critical thinking

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  • 55%

    Judgment and decision making

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  • 55%

    Reading comprehension

    Reading work related information.

  • 55%

    Speaking

    Talking to others.

  • 54%

    Persuasion

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  • 52%

    Complex problem solving

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  • 52%

    Coordination with others

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  • 52%

    Serving others

    Looking for ways to help people.

  • 50%

    Time management

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  • 46%

    Active learning

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  • 46%

    Management of personnel resources

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  • 46%

    Monitoring

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  • 46%

    Writing

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  • 46%

    Instructing

    Teaching people how to do something.

  • 41%

    Systems analysis

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  • 36%

    Operation monitoring

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  • 32%

    Operation and control

    Controlling equipment or systems.


Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  • 75%

    Customer and personal service

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

  • 74%

    Public safety and security

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

  • 70%

    Law and government

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

  • 67%

    Psychology

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

  • 59%

    Education and training

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

  • 58%

    English language

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

  • 49%

    Computers and electronics

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

  • 48%

    Clerical

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

  • 45%

    Administration and management

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

  • 45%

    Therapy and counselling

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

  • 45%

    Personnel and human resources

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

  • 41%

    Telecommunications

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  • 39%

    Philosophy and theology

    Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.

  • 38%

    Mathematics

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  • 36%

    Communications and media

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  • 33%

    Transportation

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  • 31%

    Sociology and anthropology

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

  • 30%

    Geography

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  • 28%

    Foreign language

    Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

  • 24%

    Medicine and dentistry

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.


Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities..

  • 59%

    Problem spotting

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  • 59%

    Oral comprehension

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  • 57%

    Deductive reasoning

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  • 57%

    Inductive reasoning

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  • 57%

    Oral expression

    Communicate by speaking.

  • 55%

    Written comprehension

    Read and understand written information.

  • 55%

    Written expression

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  • 55%

    Static strength

    Lift, push, pull, or carry things.

  • 54%

    Near vision

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  • 50%

    Selective attention

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  • 46%

    Categorising

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  • 46%

    Far vision

    See details that are far away.

  • 46%

    Sorting or ordering

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  • 45%

    Speech clarity

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  • 45%

    Speech recognition

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  • 45%

    Perceptual speed

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  • 45%

    Response orientation

    Quickly choose the right movement of the hand, foot, or other body part when there are two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures).

  • 43%

    Arm-hand steadiness

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  • 41%

    Control precision

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  • 41%

    Depth perception

    Decide which thing is closer or further away from you, or decide how far away it is.


Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  • 77%

    Monitoring people, processes and things

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  • 75%

    Negotiating and resolving conflicts

    Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.

  • 74%

    Working with the public

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  • 74%

    Looking for changes over time

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  • 73%

    Communicating with the public

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  • 71%

    Making decisions and solving problems

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  • 71%

    Building good relationships

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  • 69%

    Helping and caring for others

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  • 67%

    Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  • 67%

    Communicating within a team

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  • 64%

    Collecting and organising information

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  • 64%

    Assessing and evaluating things

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  • 62%

    Researching and investigating

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  • 62%

    Documenting or recording information

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  • 61%

    Checking compliance with standards

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  • 58%

    Thinking creatively

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  • 56%

    Making sense of information and ideas

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  • 54%

    Checking for errors or defects

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  • 53%

    Driving vehicles or equipment

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

  • 50%

    Working with computers

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.


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

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  • 95%

    Enterprising

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  • 86%

    Practical

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  • 76%

    Helping

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  • 43%

    Administrative

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  • 29%

    Analytical

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  • 19%

    Creative

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.


Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
  • 81%

    Achievement

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  • 81%

    Independence

    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.

  • 81%

    Relationships

    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.

  • 81%

    Support

    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.

  • 76%

    Recognition

    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.

  • 69%

    Working conditions

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.


Demands

The physical and social demands that workers face most often are shown below:
  • 99%

    Telephone

    Talk on the telephone.

  • 97%

    Contact with the public

    Work with customers or the public.

  • 97%

    Frequent decision making

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  • 96%

    Contact with people

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

  • 95%

    Angry or unpleasant people

    Deal with unpleasant, angry, or rude people.

  • 94%

    Impact of decisions

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  • 93%

    Teamwork

    Work with people in a group or team.

  • 91%

    Face-to-face discussions

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  • 90%

    Being exact or accurate

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  • 89%

    In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

    Work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car).

  • 88%

    Freedom to make decisions

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  • 87%

    Health and safety of others

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  • 85%

    Conflict situations

    Deal with conflict or disagreements.

  • 84%

    Time pressure

    Work to strict deadlines.

  • 83%

    Physically close to people

    Work physically close to other people.

  • 82%

    Physically aggressive people

    Deal with physically aggressive or violent people.

  • 82%

    Disease or infection

    Be exposed to disease or infections.

  • 81%

    Outdoors, exposed to weather

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  • 81%

    Consequence of error

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  • 81%

    Lead or coordinate a team

    Lead others to do work activities.

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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.


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