How to become a human resources manager

Succeed in your HR studies. Then use your people management skills to help employees grow and businesses thrive.

Begin your human resources career

  1. Get qualified with a Bachelor of Business, majoring in human resource management
  2. Gain experience in the field and start shaping your career trajectory with an entry-level or graduate HR role. 
  3. Do you already have an undergraduate degree in HR? Take your know-how to the next level with a Graduate Certificate or become an expert with a Masters Degree majoring in human resource management.

What does a human resources manager do?

HR managers are part of the structural furniture in most companies. They take charge of the cultural, hiring and administrative functions behind people management. 

In this role, you'll ensure these systems remain functional and constructive, and maintain the sort of team culture people love talking about on LinkedIn. While specific responsibilities will differ depending on where you work and your position within the HR team, one thing is certain—your decisions will have a direct impact on the business. 

Online HR management courses help you balance new adventures with the demands of everyday life. Study with the uni of your choice through Open Universities Australia and find a human resources course that suits your goals.

Duties and tasks

While this varies, human resources managers typically do the following tasks and duties:

  • Determine salary, and create contracts that outline the benefits and conditions of employment.
  • Create performance management systems for the evaluation of individuals in order to keep overall performance standards high.
  • Oversee the recruitment procedure, including interviews, selection and hiring processes. This involves knowing the right techniques to hire the most qualified candidates for each job.
  • Handle staffing issues, which might include the mediation of disputes, and having procedures in place should these issues occur.
  • Implement occupational health and safety procedures that comply with local safety standards.
  • Manage budget and productivity.
  • Develop training and development programs.

Industry bodies

Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI)

AHRI is a national body that provides education and networking opportunities across Australia. No matter where you are in your HR journey, there’s a membership type for you. The organisation offers courses, training and resources to help you along the way.

Australian Institute of Management (AIM)

AIM offers over 40 online and virtual short courses across a range of subject areas including leadership and strategy, project management, human resources, digital marketing, communication, finance, health and effectiveness, sales, technology and training. Some of the body's HR courses include conflict management and HR essentials.

Recruitment, Consulting and Staffing Association Australia & New Zealand (RCSA)

RCSA is the industry body for recruitment and staffing in Australia and New Zealand. Join to access networking opportunities, plus education and support for all members.


HR jobs

Studying HR can unlock a range of careers. You could work anywhere from the corporate offices of Australia’s largest businesses, to the industrial relations department of a small but successful development firm. Intrigued? Here are a few more roles to explore: 

Discover online human resources courses

Discover online HR subjects

Undergraduate USA-BUSS3111

HR Analytics

Postgraduate ACU-HRMG601

Human Resource Management

Undergraduate GRF-EHR309

Global Human Resource Management

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