Corporate secretaries are responsible for planning and administering corporate compliance activities including legislative and regulatory requirements. They also communicate with shareholders.

Where corporate secretaries are employed

Corporate secretaries also known as company secretaries work in a senior position in a private sector company or public sector organisation.


Full-time corporate/company secretaries in South Australia generally earn more than $1,600 per week.

Graph of pay scales for corporate secretary

Job prospects

In 2011 there were 29 people employed full-time as coporate/company secretaries in South Australia compared with 39 in 2006.

How to become one

If you’re at high school the ideal subjects to study include accounting, business, economics, English and maths. These subjects will be relevant to your university studies and give you a solid base towards becoming a corporate/company secretary.

You generally need a bachelor degree or higher qualification or at least five years relevant experience. In some instances relevant experience is required in addition to the formal qualification. For information on course admission requirements and how to apply to the universities and TAFE in South Australia visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

Check South Australian universities at The University of Adelaide, Flinders University and University of South Australia.

For information about Australian universities visit Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).

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Career information has been sourced from government publications, see data sources for more information. 

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