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How to Become an Office Administrator

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AN OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR, or administration officer, will provide an array of general administrative tasks for a business or organisation.

These include filing, archiving, calendar & project management, reporting and customer service. Some office administrators carry out basic bookkeeping tasks, such as creating and recording invoices and expenses and the more skills you have the more valuable you become.

What Can Help You Land that Job as an Office Administrator?

Office administrators typically work in small to medium-sized businesses, where the scope of the role and responsibilities are determined based on the size of the business.

What kind of training can you do to vastly improve your chances of landing a job in office administration?

The daily tasks of an office administrator

The day-to-day tasks of an office administrator or administration officer will more than likely include:

  • Recording, preparing, sorting, classifying and filing information
  • Sorting, opening and sending mail
  • Photocopying and faxing documents
  • Preparing reports of a routine nature
  • Receiving letters and telephone messages
  • Creating invoices and sending to customers
  • Recording business expenses

Someone working in administration may also provide customers with information about services and perform receptionist duties.

Office administrators are employed on a full-time or part-time basis. Some bookkeepers and BAS agents provide some of the tasks of an office administrator on a contract basis.

The skills of an office administrator

Office administrators must have a keen eye for detail, and the ability to work across many tasks at once. They must also possess:

  • Strong administrative skills
  • A keen eye for detail
  • The ability to multi-task across many projects at once
  • Customer service skills
  • Strong communication and intra-personal skills
  • Solid computer skills
  • Problem solving skills

Qualifications of an office administrator

Office administrators don’t require any formal qualifications. But they do need to have a strong grasp of a wide array of computer software and programs, including most accounting packages.

Office administrator training options include:


Career pathways

Working as an office administrator at an accounting / bookkeeping firm is a good way for prospective BAS agents to gain the supervision and work experience necessary to register with the Tax Practitioners Board.

Find out more about the training you need to become a BAS agent and other job outcomes you might expect from our range of online training course packages.


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