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Personal Assistant

Personal Assistant
ANZSCO Code: 521111 / Group C

Personal Assistants perform liaison, coordination and organisational tasks in support of Managers and Professionals.

Occupation description

Personal Assistants perform liaison, coordination and organisational tasks in support of Managers and Professionals.

Occupations not considered suitable under this ANZSCO code:

  • Secretary (General) (ANZSCO Code 521211)
  • Legal Secretary (ANZSCO Code 521212)
  • Office Manager (ANZSCO Code 512111)
  • Receptionists (ANZSCO Unit Group 5421)

These occupations are classified elsewhere in ANZSCO.

Personal Assistant is a VETASSESS Group C occupation

This occupation requires a qualification assessed as comparable to the educational level of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Diploma or higher.

Applicants can fulfil the assessment criteria for this occupation in four different ways.

Group C Business and Finance

* Additional qualifications in a highly relevant field of   study include those comparable to the following levels:  

  • AQF Diploma  
  • AQF Advanced Diploma   
  • AQF Associate Degree or  
  • AQF Graduate Diploma

** Highly relevant paid employment duration  (20 hours or more per week)


minimum years of employment highly relevant to the nominated   occupation, completed at an appropriate skill level in the five years   before the date of application for a Skills Assessment.

minimum 4 years of relevant employment required – Three years of relevant employment (can be outside the last 5-year period) in addition to at least one year of highly relevant employment within the last five years before applying.

Qualification and Employment Criteria

AQF Diploma or higher qualification

Other disciplines which are relevant to the employment context may be considered on a case-by-case basis (if employment is highly relevant).

Highly relevant fields of study:

  • Business Administration
  • Management


Highly relevant tasks include:

  • Liaising with other staff on matters relating to the organisation’s operations;
  • Researching and preparing reports, briefing notes, memoranda, correspondence and other routine documents;
  • Maintaining confidential files and documents;
  • Attending meetings and acting as secretary as required;
  • Maintaining appointment diaries and making travel arrangements;
  • Processing incoming and outgoing mail, filing correspondence and maintaining records;
  • Screening telephone calls and answering inquiries;
  • Taking and transcribing dictation of letters and other documents;
  • May supervise other secretarial and clerical staff.

Employment information

Personal Assistants are also known as Executive Assistants. They may be employed directly or through companies that offer personal/executive assistant and secretarial services.

Supporting material for assessment

If you are nominating this occupation, you may submit an organisational chart. An organisational chart should include the company letterhead, your job position and those of your superiors and subordinates as well as all positions reporting to your immediate supervisor and to your direct subordinates.

You should also provide details of any relevant training or professional development courses undertaken. These may be detailed in the Curriculum Vitae/Resume provided.

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