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What does a Personal Assistant do?

Personal Assistants (also known as PAs) support managers and professional work teams. They take care of business correspondence, appointments, travel arrangements for their manager, as well as maintain confidential files and documents.

As a Personal Assistant you’ll be preparing your manager for meetings and conferences, often carrying out background research and making briefing notes. At times you may attend meetings along with your manager to take minutes or setup presentation materials. You’ll also be answering the phone and screening their calls.

Personal Assistant Courses

There are 7 courses available for people who want to become a Personal Assistant.

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How much do Personal Assistants earn?

In Australia, a full time Personal Assistant generally earns $1,432 per week ($74,464 annual salary) before tax. This is a median figure for full-time employees and should be considered a guide only. As you gain more experience can you expect a higher salary than people who are new to the role.

What are the job opportunities for Personal Assistants?

There are currently 52,500 Personal Assistants employed in Australia right now and this job has been in decline over the past 5 years. Personal Assistants work in all industries and employment sectors — from small business through to large corporations.

Source: Australian Government Job Outlook 2020

How do I become a Personal Assistant?

Personal Assistants need outstanding word processing, keyboarding and communication skills. A Certificate III in Business Administration will develop your keyboarding skills, and a Certificate IV In Business will develop your organisational skills — plus introduce you to a range of computer applications. These courses take 6-12 months to complete. Vendor qualifications in various Microsoft and Adobe Applications (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Photoshop, Illustrator) may also be helpful.

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Sourced from The Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships Information Service (aapathways.com.au) funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training and MySkills.gov.au