Human Resources

Job Description

Human Resource Professionals plan, develop, implement and evaluate staff recruitment, assist in resolving disputes by advising on workplace matters, and represent industrial, commercial, union, employer and other parties in negotiations on issues such as enterprise bargaining, rates of pay and conditions of employment.

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To become a Human Resources Officer in Australia, it is recommended that you have a relevant qualification in human resources. This could be a bachelor or diploma-level qualification.

Undertake a qualification in human resource management, such as a Diploma in Human Resources Management. These courses will help you to develop skills in such areas as talent management, recruitment, and workplace health and safety.

If you wish to undertake further study, you might consider completing an Advanced Diploma of Management (Human Resources) or Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management) or alternatively specialising in a particular area of human resources such as completing a Graduate Diploma of Business (Industrial Relations and Human Resources).

Gain work experience. You may choose, for example, to do an internship in the HR department of a company, take on an administrative support role in an HR department or do volunteer HR work at a not for profit organisation.


  • Acumen
  • Approachable
  • Calm
  • Communicator
  • Devoted
  • Discerning
  • Efficient
  • Focused
  • Integrity
  • Interpersonal
  • Organised
  • Perceptive
  • Procedural
  • Reliable
  • Thorough

Key Skills

  • Employee Relation
  • Recruitment and selection
  • Training and development
  • Contracts of employment
  • Employee Rights
  • Appraisals
  • Health and safety
  • Managing pay (and other entitlements) like sick and holiday leave
  • Negotiating pay and conditions

Future Prospects

Future prospects in HR (Human Resources) include but are not limited to;

  • Human Resource Advisors
  • Recruitment Consultants
  • Workplace Relations Advisers
  • Human Resource Clerks
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Human Resources Coordinator
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Human Resources Officer/Administrator