Company Secretary ANZSCO Code: 221211

Group B

The Company Secretary is responsible for organizing, managing, and assessing corporate compliance tasks and best practices related to company board meetings and share ownership. Their role involves guaranteeing that all business dealings and transactions adhere to the instructions provided by the board.

Company Secretary ANZSCO Code: 221211

Occupation Descriptions

The Company Secretary oversees corporate compliance activities, particularly regarding board meetings and shareholding practices, ensuring adherence to board directives in managing and executing all business transactions.

Occupations not considered suitable under this ANZSCO code:

  • Secretary (General)
  • Legal Secretary
  • Personal Assistant
  • Corporate Treasurer

These jobs do not require the necessary skill level or are categorized elsewhere in ANZSCO.

Company Secretary is a VETASSESS Group B occupation.

Group B

A qualification deemed equivalent to or higher than the educational requirements of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Bachelor’s degree is required for this position.

Applicants can fulfil the assessment criteria for this occupation in four different ways.

Additional qualifications in a closely related area of study should be equivalent to the following standards:

  • AQF Diploma 
  • AQF Advanced Diploma 
  • AQF Associate Degree or 
  • AQF Graduate Diploma

A bachelor’s degree or above comprises:

  • AQF Master’s Degree or 
  • AQF Doctoral Degree 

Highly Relevant 20 hours or more a week of paid employment 

1-3  minimum of five years’ worth of work at a skill level adequate for the specified occupation, completed in the years before the application date for a skills assessment. 

A minimum of six years of relevant work experience is needed. This includes at least one year of highly relevant work completed during the five years before applying and five years of relevant work (which can be outside the last five-year period). 

If employment occurs before attaining the certification at the requisite level, an applicant must have at least one year of highly relevant work at an adequate skill level within the last five years. The final five years of pre-qualification could fall within the previous ten years.

The level of qualifications and the duration of employment must be evaluated favourably to achieve a positive outcome in the skills assessment.

Qualification and Employment Criteria


AQF A bachelor’s degree or above

The AQF Bachelor, Master, and Doctorate level qualifications are included in this.


  • Corporate Governance
  • Risk Management
  • Public Administration
  • Law and Business


Highly relevant tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Arranging, notifying, and participating in shareholder and director meetings.
  • Advising governing boards of organizations on issues related to corporate practice, applicable laws, and stock exchange listing requirements.
  • Processing share transfers, paperwork preparation, and share issuance to oversee an organization’s share capital.

Additional tasks may include:

  • Giving governance-related advice to the board and its committees.
  • Keep an eye out for committee and board policies and procedures being followed.
  • Arranging for the prompt completion and delivery of committee and board documents.
  • Ensuring the minutes appropriately reflect the matters discussed at board and committee meetings.
  • Assisting in the planning, executing, and supervising directors’ professional development.
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    Employment information

    Depending on the size and resources of the firm, the firm Secretary serves as its primary governance specialist. The board increasingly seeks the Secretary’s advice on implementing good governance procedures.

    Company secretaries may be required to fulfill legal obligations in addition to their board support duties. These will change based on the company’s particular requirements.

    Supporting material for assessment

    When applying for a skills assessment, please provide enough documentation to back up your employment claims, qualifications, and identity proof. Following VETASSESS documentation standards, applicants nominating this occupation must submit supporting paperwork (see List of Required Documents).

    An organizational chart is required if you are nominating this occupation. The following should be included in this chart:

    • The company letterhead
    • Your role in the company
    • The roles that report to your immediate supervisor and direct subordinates, as well as the jobs of your superiors and subordinates.

    The department’s position within the larger organizational structure should also be shown on the chart.

    If you can’t get an organizational chart from your employer, you must submit a statutory declaration detailing the necessary information and explaining why you can’t provide the chart.

    Although the VETASSESS Skills Assessment for migration purposes is not the same as an assessment for professional membership or registration purposes, if you possess the necessary copies, you are encouraged to submit them. These copies may be from overseas.

    It is highly recommended that you provide proof of your membership in industry or professional associations and copies of any pertinent awards, certifications, or commendations.

    You should also list any relevant courses you’ve done for professional development or training. The enclosed Curriculum Vitae/Resume may have more information about these.

    How to apply

    If you’re a professional considering moving to Australia, there’s a good chance you’ll need to undergo assessment by us. We evaluate 360 different professional occupations, assessing your skills, experience, and qualifications.

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    2. Match

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    3. Prepare

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    4. Apply

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