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Summary of occupation

Human resource advisers administrate and organise the recruitment and employment of an organisation's workforce. They are also responsible for processes that concern personnel, such as health and safety, conditions of employment, pensions, employee relations and staff training. They maintain records on matters, such as wages, superannuation, leave and training, and prepare reports on these matters. They may also advise management on policies and procedures regarding personnel, and take part in negotiations between employees and management, or between unions and employers.

ANZSCO description: Provides staffing and personnel administration services in support of an organisation's human resource policies and programs.
Alternative names: Human Resource Consultant, Human Resource Manager, Human Resource Officer, Human Resource Professional, Personnel Clerk, Personnel Officer
Specialisations: Employee Relations Officer, Equal Opportunity Representative, Staff Training Officer, Union Negotiator, Workforce Planning Analyst, Workplace Health and Safety Officer
Job prospects: Good
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

Human resource officers need:

  • excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • strong negotiating skills
  • the ability to relate to people from a variety of backgrounds
  • the ability to deal with confidential information
  • diplomacy and the ability to handle sensitive situations
  • strong information management skills.
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Working conditions

Human resource advisers work mostly in office environments, and may work for organisations that operate in any industry. In Western Australia, this may include work with mining or agricultural companies, and may include fly-in/fly-out work. In small organisations they will usually be responsible for all areas of human resource management, but in larger organisations they may specialise in one particular area.

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Salary details

On average, human resource advisors can expect to earn between $1 538 and $1 923 per week ($80 000 and $100 000 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience. As a human resource advisor develops their skills, their earning potential will generally increase.

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Tools and technologies

As they work mostly in offices, human resource advisersusually use standard office equipment such as computers, photocopiers, fax machines, telephones and messaging systems. They will also generally require experience with a range of software, including word processing software, data processing and spreadsheet software, and any other programs that may be specific to their area of work.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

To become a human resource advisor, you usually need to complete a formal qualification in human resources or a related field. 

The Certificate IV in Human Resources, Diploma in Government (Human Resources) or Diploma in Human Resource Management is offered at TAFE Colleges and other registered training organisation throughout Western Australia. 

You can also do a traineeship. A human resources or government human resources management traineeship usually takes 12 to 24 months to complete.

​You can complete a degree majoring in human resource management, or business or commerce with a major in human resource management. All Western Australian universities offer degrees in these fields. Contact the university of your choice for more information.

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

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