The Human Resources Department – what do we do?
A human resources department is a critical component of employee well-being in any business, no matter how big or small. HR responsibilities include payroll – including tax laws relating to remuneration and benefits, hiring, firing, and keeping up to date with State and federal employment legislation, industrial relations, occupational health and safety.
The HR department also oversees compliance with the policies and procedures relating to employees. All of this is to ensure the company is in compliance with state and national laws so they minimize their liability to lawsuits.
The HR department can also be responsible for the company’s learning and development of employees and performance reviews. They can work closely with Managers to help them hire new staff and prepare a recruitment plan, which may include writing advertisements, screening candidates, interviewing, instigating psychometric testing, referencing, generating letters of offers and onboarding the new employee to the Company, ensuring they are well initiated into the new premises.
Entry level Salary – $50,000 – $55,000
What’s it like to be a Human Resources Coordinator?
Human Resource (HR) Coordinators manage and oversee issues related to staff orientation and employment, data collection and reporting, injury management, compensation and labour negotiations.
- Supporting the HR team with end-to-end recruitment including hiring, inducting and on-boarding new staff.
- Assisting staff with employment-related matters including leave management and interpretation of enterprise agreements, awards and conditions of employment.
- Providing HR advice in employee relations and performance management matters.
Human Resource Coordinators are responsible for overseeing the full employee lifecycle, in addition to contributing to the development and review of HR policies, and analysing data metrics.
Human Resource Coordinators tend to be organised individuals who have exceptional communication skills, with the ability to form productive working relationships with a wide range of employees.
How to become a Human Resources Coordinator
To work as a Human Resource Coordinator in Australia, it is recommended that you have a tertiary qualification in human resources, industrial relations, business or management.
- Undertake a qualification in human resources, such as a Certificate IV in Human Resources, or Diploma of human Resources Management, or a Bachelor of Business majoring in Human Resource Management
- There are numerous opportunities for Human Resource Coordinators who wish to develop their careers, such as becoming a Human Resources Manager, Consultant or Advisor.
The good things
“HR is a role that calls on a vast range of skills and abilities. It requires you to put on so many different ‘hats’ in one day and always keeps you in your toes! If you love organisation and chaos at the same time – this career is for you!”
“HR can be a reward-less career. The majority of your work has to be behind closed doors making it hard to showcase what you do. Passion and determination will help you with this side of your career.”