Careers in the Court

Employment Opportunities

The Magistrates' Court employs people to perform a variety of roles within the court. These include roles in the following business areas:

  • Corporate Services
    • Finance and Administration
    • Human Resources
    • Learning and Development
    • Information Technology
  • Court Support Services
  • Specialist Family Violence Services.

These vacancies are advertised when they arise on the Careers with the Victorian Government  and the Careers at Justice websites, links available from the Web and Legislation Menu.

If you are interested in becoming a Court Registrar, please see the information in the Trainee Court Registrar section below.

Trainee Court Registrars

Court Registrars provide administrative support to the Victorian Court system, which has sites throughout Victoria. Becoming a Court Registrar requires an extensive training period, which includes formal study together with on-the-job learning.

The requirements of the role include the following:

  • Successfully complete the Certificate IV in Government (Court Services).
  • Provide exceptional levels of customer service to key stakeholders including the judiciary, police, the legal profession, and members of the public with diverse backgrounds and experience.
  • Work alongside the judiciary in the courtroom, performing a wide range of administrative duties.

Trainee Court Registrars are employed at the following locations:











Melbourne CBD



Latrobe Valley (Morwell)





Children's Court






For details of exact locations for each court please refer to Contact Us.

Some travel between court locations may be required.

Study requirements

On commencement of employment with the Magistrates' Court, Trainee Court Registrars will be enrolled in Certificate IV in Government (Court Services).  This course consists of some classroom-based study, some private study components and on-the-job learning. 

The course will take two years to complete on a part-time basis and is funded by the Courts.  You will be required to attend the education provider’s CBD campus approximately one day per month for classroom-based study.

The traineeship runs for two years, however the role is ongoing after that. At the end of two years, and  successful completion of all subjects, a Trainee is eligible to be appointed as a Qualified Court Registrar, subject to recommendation from their Senior Registrar.


We expect to commence statewide recruitment again in late 2014 / early 2015.

If you are interested in applying, please read the information in: 

  • How to apply; and
  • Preparing for the recruitment process.

What is in a typical day for a Trainee Court Registrar?

  • Bench Clerking in a courtroom at one of over 50 locations across Victoria.
  • Swearing in and affirming witnesses, managing exhibits, facilitating the digital recording of court hearings, disseminating court documentation.
  • Facilitating the most efficient and productive order of court proceedings and resources.
  • Providing face to face, electronic and telephone based customer service to members of the public, court users and other stakeholders.
  • Assisting Magistrates’ and other members of the judiciary.  

 What are we looking for?
  • Career orientated individuals who have VCE/HSC (or equivalent), tertiary course or work experience in a relevant field.
  • Team players with the ability to meet tight deadlines with attention to detail, demonstrated communication and interpersonal skills, and competent computer skills.
  • Commitment to providing exceptional levels of customer service and being sensitive to the needs of others.
  • Ability to organise and prioritise daily work and demonstrated problem solving abilities.
  • Willingness to work at different Court locations within the state.

For further information, please download the Position Description and Advertisement available from the Related Publications Menu.


The salary range for a Trainee Court Registrar is $44,679 - $57, 375 plus 9.5% superannuation (as at 1 July 2014).
The commencement salary for Trainee Court Registrars is $44,679 plus 9.5% superannuation.

How to Apply

Recruitment has closed.

If you wish to be contacted when we commence our next recruitment, please email your contact details to  

Preparing for the recruitment process

Here are some steps you can take to gain an understanding of the role of a Trainee Court Registrar:

  • Attend a Magistrates’ Court to view case listings, observe court etiquette and become familiar with some of the legal terminology used.
  • Volunteer to do a work placement at a Magistrates’ Court or take up a work experience opportunity by contacting your local Magistrates’ Court.
  • Study in a relevant tertiary course 
  • Gain experience in a customer service and/or administrative environment.
  • Learn about the daily duties and responsibilities of a Trainee Court Registrar (see FAQ’s and Position Description) and think about how you would apply your skills and experience to these duties.
  • Prepare an up to date version of your CV.

Further information

For more information about the Trainee Court Registrar role, the recruitment process and timelines view the FAQ under the Related pages.

Any further questions regarding a career as a Court Registrar can be directed to

Contacts Learning and Development Unit

Tel: 9032 0907
GPO Box 882
Melbourne VIC 3001