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Human Resources Officer

Assist the Human Resources Manager with employee and resource management tasks

What's it like to be a Human Resources Officer?

As a Human Resources (HR) Officer your main role is to help manage people across a wide range of areas to ensure the wellbeing of all employees and foster effective workplace relations. Human Resources Officers assist the Human Resources Manager and wider team with tasks such as recruitment and hiring, employee performance, remuneration and rewards, training and inductions, employee relations, and workplace health and safety.

Tasks and duties

  • Providing advice and assistance on HR policies, projects and procedures.
  • Assisting the HR Manager in recruitment activities such as preparing job descriptions, advertising roles and conducting interviews.
  • Overseeing the onboarding of new staff and assisting in the development of onboarding procedures.
  • Preparing reports for the HR Manager and maintaining employee records.
  • Developing training and development programs.
  • Assisting with performance management processes and devising staff remuneration, rewards and recognition and wellbeing programs.
  • Dealing with workplace relations issues such as complaints, conflicts, grievances and misconduct.
  • Coordinating workplace health and safety initiatives.
  • Organising counselling or support for staff members dealing with a workplace accident or personal trauma.
  • Reviewing employment and working conditions to ensure legal compliance.
  • Managing staff succession planning.

What can I earn as a Human Resources Officer?

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The most common salary for a Human Resources Officer is between $65k and $75k
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How to become a Human Resources Officer

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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.
  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.

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How do Human Resources Officers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 4 Human Resources Officers surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.8
Job satisfaction
3.5
Career progression opportunities
2.3
Job security
2.3
Pay / Salary
2.5
Variety of work
3.3

Latest reviews

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Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Business Administration
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Transport
The good things
Its a good career if your company has the culture of employee empowerment.Otherwise you stay limited to the same tasks with no new initiatives.
The challenges
Dealing with union
Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Human Resource Management
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Human Resources
The good things
This role provides opportunities to ensure everyone gets what they deserve. To stand up for the little guy who doesn't know when the top dog is taking advantage.
The challenges
There is very little opportunity for progression, and this job is very thankless. You fix problems and take complaints every day. Rarely does anyone acknowledge your dedicated efforts.
Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of arts majoring in screen and media studies and design media
Experience
Less than a year
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Creative agency
The good things
Great stepping stone role if you want to progress your career Gives you an idea what direction in HR you want to take Get an understanding of different departments in the workplace Always learni...
The challenges
People disagreeing about policies and processes Confrontation and complaints that maybe out of your lead to answer and employees epect you to have an answer there and then.
Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Business
Experience
Less than a year
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Recruitment and WHS
The good things
It is a hugely diverse role. It is not a cliche to say no two days are the same
The challenges
Learning the depth of the role and complexities associated with the operation
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Working hours for Human Resources Officers

Overtime
Weekends
Shift work
Late nights
Often
Sometimes
Never
Source: SEEK Role Reviews from 4 Human Resources Officers

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