1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
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1112-11 General Manager

Plans, administers and reviews the major functions of industrial, commercial and government organisations either independently or through subordinate executives.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is at least 5 years relevant experience. In most instances a bachelor degree or higher qualification is also required.

Tasks Include:

  • directs the policy and operations of a company, authority or institution for the achievement of policy objectives, increased profit and market control
  • determines organisation objectives, policies and programs and sets standards and targets
  • appraises the activities of institutions according to strategies and objectives, and monitors and evaluates performance
  • provides overall direction and management of enterprises, including personnel, technological resources and assets
  • consults with subordinate staff and reviews recommendations and reports
  • prepares or arranges the preparation of reports, budgets and forecasts and presents them to governing bodies
  • ensures the security and development of assets and resources
  • represents organisations in negotiations, at conventions, seminars and official occasions, and liaises between areas of responsibility and with other organisations
  • selects or approves the selection of senior staff
  • authorises funds to implement policies and programs
  • may undertake responsibility for some or all of accounting, sales, marketing, personnel and other specialist operations in smaller establishments

Chief Executive
Commissioner (Emergency Services)
Head of Armed Forces
Hospital Administrator
Managing Editor
Medical Superintendent
Secretary (Government Department)
Trade Union Secretary

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