Summary of occupation
Logistics clerks administer and maintain the acquisition, deployment and supply of stock for warehousing, manufacturing and other businesses that deal with large quantities of stock. They organise for the transfer and transport of stock between departments or warehouses, and to and from other companies or organisations. They also receive stock and check it against inventory records and prepare stock for delivery. They interpret order numbers and inventory and use this information to compile reports that inform production schedules. Logistics clerks work right across the State, ensuring different products can move between businesses, on time and in the right quantities.
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Despatch Clerk, Inventory Manager, Transport and Despatch Clerk
Logistics clerks work in the offices, storerooms, warehouses and production plants of manufacturing, warehousing and other large businesses. Conditions in warehouses may be hot and dusty during summer and cold during winter. They usually work regular business hours, but may be required to work longer hours at times.
On average, logistics clerks can expect to earn between $1 000 and $1 249 per week ($52 000 and $64 999 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience. As a logistics clerk develops their skills, their earning potential will generally increase.
Logistics clerks use computers and a range of inventory and data management software. They may also use specially designed electronic inventory data collection devices. They may be required to operate forklifts or other heavy machinery in warehouse situations, and may also be required to wear high-visibility clothing, hard hats, work boots and other safety equipment.
To become a logistics clerk you usually need to complete a traineeship. A logistics operations or warehousing operations traineeship usually takes between 12 and 36 months to complete.
You can also become a logistics clerk through a vocational education and training qualification in logistics or warehousing operations offered at TAFE Colleges and other registered training organisations throughout Western Australia (WA).
Entry into this occupation may be improved if you have a business or commerce degree, with a major in management, logistics and supply chain management, or a related field.
Most universities in WA offer relevant courses. Contact your preferred institution for more information.
Apprenticeships and traineeships
As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.
If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.
If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.
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If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.