ANZSCO 2711

Barristers

EMPLOYED

9,500

PART-TIME SHARE

15%

FEMALE SHARE

41%

MEDIAN WEEKLY EARNINGS

$2,734

MEDIAN AGE

47

ANNUAL EMPLOYMENT GROWTH

-100

Barristers plead cases before civil, criminal and industrial courts and other tribunals.

  • Receiving written information in the form of briefs and verbal instructions concerning cases from Solicitors, other specialist Legal Professionals and clients
  • Providing advice and written opinions on points of law
  • Conferring with clients and witnesses in preparation for court proceedings
  • Drawing up pleadings, affidavits and other court documents
  • Researching statutes and previous court decisions relevant to cases
  • Outlining the facts to the court, calling and questioning witnesses, and making addresses to the court to argue a client's case
  • Providing opinion on complex legal issues
  • May draw up or settle documents
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    Earnings and Hours

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)
    Source: Share of workers who work full-time hours: ABS, Labour Force Survey, 2022, four-quarter average, customised report.
    Average full-time hours worked per week: ABS, 2021 Census of Population and Housing based on place of usual residence.
    Median full-time earnings per week and Median hourly earnings: ABS, Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021, customised report.
    Earnings and Hours Barristers All Occupations
    Share of workers who work full-time hours 85% 69%
    Average full-time hours worked per week 48 hours 44 hours
    Median full-time earnings per week $2,734 $1,593
    Median hourly earnings $72 $41

    Industries

    Barristers work in industries like:

    Source: Ranked using ABS, Labour Force Survey, 2022, four-quarter average data, custom report.

    States and territories

    New South Wales

    32.2%

    Victoria

    31.7%

    Queensland

    18.9%

    South Australia

    4.0%

    Tasmania

    2.9%

    Northern Territory

    1.6%

    Australian Capital Territory

    2.3%

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Detailed, November 2023, Jobs and Skills Australia trend data.

    Age and gender

    Age and Gender Profile
    Source: ABS, Labour Force Survey, 2022, four-quarter average, customised report.
    Age and Gender Barristers All Occupations
    Median age 47 years 40 years
    Female share of employment 41% 48%
    Source: ABS, 2021 Census of Population and Housing based on place of usual residence.
    Age Profile (% Share) All Occupations Barristers
    15–19 5.2 0.4
    20–24 9.1 0.9
    25–34 22.7 18.8
    35–44 22.3 27.9
    45–54 20.4 23.7
    55–59 8.8 9.4
    60–64 6.5 7.2
    65 and Over 4.9 11.7

    Education

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    • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
    Source: ABS, 2021 Census of Population and Housing based on place of usual residence.
    Highest Level of Educational Attainment (% Share) All Occupations Barristers
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 12.2 37.3
    Bachelor degree 23.2 53.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma 11.1 4.2
    Certificate III/IV 19.5 0.9
    Year 12 15.9 1.9
    Year 11 4.0 0.3
    Year 10 and below 9.7 0.3
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