Print Finishers and Screen Printers bind books and other publications, finish printed products by hand and machine, prepare stencils, and set up and operate power-driven and hand-operated screen print equipment.

A Certificate III including at least 2 years of on-the-job training, or a Certificate IV, or at least 3 years of relevant experience, is usually needed. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification.

Tasks

  • setting up and supervising the operation of automatic binding and finishing equipment
  • binding full, half and limp-bound books, and repairing bindings
  • folding, collating and sewing signatures by machine and hand
  • operating paper guillotines for pre-press and post-press paper cutting and trimming, and programming electronically operated units
  • operating systems to insert printed material into newspapers, magazines and envelopes
  • embellishing printed products automatically and manually
  • operating photographic and electronic reproduction devices
  • preparing stencils using computer and hand-cut methods
  • selecting, mixing and matching coloured inks and loading into screen printing presses
  • loading printed items into drying racks, and unloading and stacking dry items

Job Titles

  • Print Finisher
  • Screen Printer
  • Print Finisher

    Binds books and other publications, and finishes printed products by hand or machine.

    Specialisations: Mailhouse Operator, Paper Guillotine Operator (Bookbinding)

  • Screen Printer

    Prepares stencils, and sets up and operates power-driven or hand-operated screen print equipment.

    Specialisations: Screen Printing Stencil Preparer, Textiles Printer

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    Unavailable
  • Future Growth

    decline
  • Skill Level

    Certificate III or IV
  • Employment Size

    2,400
  • Unemployment

    above average
  • Male Share

    71.7%
  • Female Share

    28.3%
  • Full-Time Share

    82.2%

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This is a very small occupation employing 2400 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has fallen.
A fall in the number of jobs is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create up to 5,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • While there are jobs in many parts of Australia, Queensland has a large share of Binders, Finishers and Screen Printers.
  • They nearly all work in Manufacturing.
  • Full-time work is very common. Full-time workers, on average, work 38.1 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • The workforce is fairly mature. The average age is 49 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years) and around 6 in 10 workers are aged 45 years or older.
  • Around 7 in 10 workers are male.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was above average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
20055300
20065700
20075200
20084600
20094200
20104600
20114000
20123300
20134300
20144200
20152400
20202100

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

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Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryBinders, Finishers and Screen PrintersAll Jobs Average
Full-time82.268.4
Part-time17.831.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)38.140.0

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Manufacturing100.0

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateBinders, Finishers and Screen PrintersAll Jobs Average
NSW26.831.8
VIC23.925.5
QLD34.519.8
SA9.86.8
WA2.811.2
TAS2.22.0
NT0.01.1
ACT0.01.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketBinders, Finishers and Screen PrintersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-193.9-5.45.4
20-242.8-9.99.9
25-340.0-23.423.4
35-4437.0-21.721.7
45-5426.5-21.121.1
55-5926.1-8.78.7
60-643.6-5.95.9
65 and Over0.0-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryBinders, Finishers and Screen PrintersCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males71.7Males53.6
Females28.3Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationBinders, Finishers and Screen PrintersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-8.68.6
Bachelor degree0.0-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma0.0-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV100.0-18.918.9
Year 120.0-18.718.7
Years 11 & 100.0-17.717.7
Below Year 100.0-8.18.1

A Certificate III including at least 2 years of on-the-job training, or a Certificate IV, or at least 3 years of relevant experience, is usually needed. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Binders, Finishers and Screen Printers who are hardworking, reliable and work well in a team.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Administration and Management

    70% Important

    Planning and coordination of people and resources.

  2. Production and Processing

    68% Important

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  3. Mechanical

    65% Important

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  4. Customer and Personal Service

    62% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  5. English Language

    58% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Controlling Machines and Processes

    86% Important

    Operate machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  2. Getting Information

    84% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  3. Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings

    84% Important

    Checking objects, actions, or events, keeping an eye out for problems.

  4. Handling and Moving Objects

    81% Important

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

  5. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

    79% Important

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

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