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Project Officer

Plan and coordinate project activities under the direction of a Project Manager.

What's it like to be a Project Officer?

Project Officers plan and coordinate project activities, including scheduling, reporting and document control. Project Officers play a support role to Project Managers and Project Administrators.

Tasks and duties

  • Collating budget and expenditure data.
  • Scheduling meetings.
  • Taking minutes.
  • Coordinating project activities.
  • Collating contracts, timesheets and reports.
  • Drafting presentations and formatting documents.
  • Supporting senior team members with administrative functions.
  • Facilitating project communications.
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Project Officers may be employed across a broad range of industries, including construction, engineering, communications and technology, event management and with the public sector.

What can I earn as a Project Officer?

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The most common salary for a Project Officer is between $85k and $95k
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How to become a Project Officer


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It is possible to work as a Project Officer without formal qualifications, however many employers prefer individuals to have qualifications in the field of project management.

  1. Complete a qualification in Project Management. This could be a Certificate IV in Project Management Practice (BSB41515), a Diploma of Project Management (BSB51415), or an Advanced Diploma of Information Technology Project Management (ICT60415).
  2. Consider completing an internationally recognised certification in project management, such as the PMI Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.
  3. After gaining experience as a Project Coordinator, consider developing your managerial skills and moving into a Project Manager role.

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How do Project Officers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 8 Project Officers surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.8
Job satisfaction
4.6
Career progression opportunities
3.4
Job security
3.4
Pay / Salary
3.8
Variety of work
4.4

Latest reviews

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Aug 2019
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Health Leadership and Management
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Health
The good things
Project Officer roles in the health setting can cover large or small change management with both being equally rewarding. You are part of high functioning teams that meet project deadlines together to...
The challenges
Support of change process/project from senior management
Aug 2019
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Human Rights and Democratisation
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Community Services
The good things
Variety of people you deal with on a regular basis, the opportunity to make a real difference in people's lives, capacity building and advocating for diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
The challenges
Dealing with people from different backgrounds can be challenging, when it comes to overcoming social barriers. Doing casework can also sometimes lead to becoming an accidental counsellor.
Aug 2019
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Mental Health
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
I'm self-employed
Specialisation
Community engagement
The good things
First of all it’s fun and you can easily see the benefits of engaging people through arts projects. Participants gain a sense of achievement, belonging and socialisation.
The challenges
Generally it’s part time work as a contractor. Sometimes I have to lug a lot of art materials around but generally the biggest challenge I came across was working with other staff who did not value th...
Aug 2019
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Education
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Education
The good things
Being able to shape and implement policy at a statewide level is an amazing opportunity
The challenges
Working across multiple levels of Government and balancing the demands of all stakeholders
Aug 2019
Reviewer's Qualification
Year 12
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Field work
The good things
Enjoy my work as it involves the protection of significant and important heritage. Challenge is the remote location I work in Enjoy taking the elders out on country and letting them tell their stori...
The challenges
Work in regional Australia has its challenges. Remote field work needs specific attention before travelling. I am responsible for everyones health and safety each trip
Aug 2019
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in Business
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
The good times The projects I managed jinvolved developing new initiatives which meant alot of research and development as well. This Involves talking to a diverse array of industry and cultural repre...
The challenges
Convincing the effected parties to come on board with a project. Also red tape can be a challenge. Coordinating project stages within time restraints can also be a headache.
Aug 2019
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Project Management
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Capital works
The good things
Knowing your work helps others looked after somebody's health
The challenges
Dealing with too many controls and seeking approvals
Aug 2019
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Applied Public Health
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Health Promotion
The good things
Working with the community to empower and improve health and wellbeing. Work life balance. Networking and partnership opportunities. Many learning opportunities and many opportunities to be innovative...
The challenges
Funding. Others not seeing prevention as a sole priority/ not seeing the long term benefits/ outcomes. Job security is also a challenge, with many health promotion roles being temp contracts.
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Working hours for Project Officers

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Weekends
Shift work
Late nights
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Source: SEEK Role Reviews from 8 Project Officers
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