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Administration officers perform a range of administrative tasks to ensure an organisation runs efficiently.
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Pay for administration officers varies depending on their experience and skills.
- Entry-level administration officers with limited experience and basic keyboard skills usually earn between $35,000 and $40,000 a year.
- Senior administration officers with five to 10 years' experience usually earn between $40,000 and $55,000.
Source: Hays, 'The 2013 Hays Salary Guide: Salary & Recruiting Trends'
What you will do
Administration officers may do some or all of the following:
- prepare and track budgets, pay bills, and do banking and invoicing
- monitor and/or maintain equipment and supplies
- ensure health and safety issues are addressed, including making staff aware of building safety procedures and safe work practices
- work on reception
- organise meetings and take minutes
- oversee, distribute and file correspondence
- project or database management
- research, records management and filing.
Skills and knowledge
Administration officers need to have:
- knowledge of budgeting and office finance systems
- knowledge of health and safety laws
- knowledge of minute taking and report writing.
- usually work regular business hours and often work part time or job-share
- usually work in offices and reception desks of businesses.
What's the job really like?
Judi Brennan - Programme Manager Service
Behind the scenes enabling teams to function
"Spreadsheeting and HR and all that is part of administration, but understanding the people you work with is paramount.
"I work for the Department of Conservation. I’ve been out with the goat hunters, I've helped identify weeds and I did a night at a hut listening for kiwi.
"So I don't see my job as just being in administration. What I do enables our teams to get rid of possums and keep our huts and tracks going so people can visit them."
Juggling teams and priorities
Judi runs budgets, recruitment processes, health and safety and business planning, so she has to be well organised and adaptable.
"After a month's rain, we can't get into the back country to the huts – the team has to have something else to do – it's juggling all of that.
"Understanding the team is paramount. They come to me for advice, or to bounce around ideas.
"I don't often say no to requests. I would feel I was not doing my job! I know how to prioritise, I can say, 'not now' – but I can't say no."
Updated 17 Dec 2013