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Logistics Clerk

Traineeship Year 10 Preferred VOC Course Subject Prerequisites Year 12 Preferred University Course Subject Prerequisites Other Qualification

Also known as Purchasing and Supply Logistics Clerk.

Logistics clerks record and coordinate the flow of work and materials between departments, examine orders for goods, and prepare production schedules.

Logistics clerks may work in offices, storerooms and warehouses.

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 during busy periods.

Logistics clerks may use specially designed electronic inventory data collection devices.

They may also be required to operate forklifts or other heavy machinery, and to wear high-visibility clothing and other safety equipment in warehouse situations.


    Logistics clerks may perform the following tasks:

  • requisition supplies from stock and send orders to production departments and other firms
  • confirm completion of orders and compliance with specified details
  • receive and check purchase requests against inventory records and stock on hand
  • examine orders and compile data for production schedules
  • check inventories and prepare delivery schedules
  • investigate and identify supply sources, and prepare and process purchase orders
  • count incoming stock and reconcile it with requisitions
  • update inventory and stock location records


  • enjoy clerical and administrative activities
  • good numeracy skills
  • a methodical approach to work
  • good communication skills
  • excellent organisational skills
  • ability to work as part of a team
  • sound interpretation and analysis skills
  • attention to detail

Interest Area

Clerical/Administrative Manual/Practical


Traineeship Year 10 Preferred VOC Course Subject Prerequisites Year 12 Preferred University Course Subject Prerequisites Other Qualification

To become a logistics clerk you usually have to complete a traineeship in Logistics.

Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

You can also become a logistics clerk through a VOC qualification in logistics. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information.

Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have a business or commerce degree with a major in logistics, supply chain management or a related field. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your HSC/ACT Year 12. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English and mathematics are normally required. A number of universities in Australia offer relevant degrees.

Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact Open Universities Australia or the universities you are interested in for more information as requirements may change.

Additional Information

    Logistics clerks who are required to operate a forklift will need to obtain a Perform High Risk Work Licence. See the separate entry for Forklift Operator for full details.

    Once you are employed, you may be able to develop, and have recognised, additional skills under the Transport and Logistics Training Package that will expand your career opportunities within this industry.


Logistics clerks are employed by firms involved in the movement of goods. These include shipping agents, import/export companies, freight forwarding and storage companies, and road haulage firms. Wholesalers and large manufacturing firms may also employ logistics clerks.

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Job Outlook for Logistics Clerk Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Logistics Association of Australia Logistics Information and Navigation Centre Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council

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