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

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • 4,900 workers Employment Size
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • Average unemployment Unemployment
  • 76.3% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 36.3 hours Average full-time
  • 46 years Average age
  • 30.8% female Gender Share

The number of Binders, Finishers and Screen Printers grew strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to fall over the next 5 years:
from 4,900 in 2017 to 4,600 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 1,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2017.
  • Location: Binders, Finishers and Screen Printers work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Information Media and Telecommunications; and Retail Trade.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (76.3%, higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 36.3 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 46 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (51.9%).
  • Gender: 30.8% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
20076000
20084600
20094500
20104300
20113600
20124300
20134000
20143700
20153900
20163100
20174900
20224600

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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)
Manufacturing88.7
Information Media and Telecommunications5.1
Retail Trade4.3
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1.0
Other Industries0.9

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 2017, 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
NSW32.631.6
VIC16.026.2
QLD25.119.7
SA12.96.7
WA11.010.8
TAS2.52.0
NT0.01.1
ACT0.01.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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
15-190.0-5.25.2
20-241.4-9.99.9
25-3411.7-23.623.6
35-4435.0-21.721.7
45-5432.6-20.820.8
55-597.6-8.88.8
60-646.6-6.06.0
65 and Over5.1-4.04.0

Education Level

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 Certificate0-8.68.6
Bachelor degree0-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma0-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV100-18.918.9
Year 120-18.718.7
Years 11 & 100-17.717.7
Below Year 100-8.18.1

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.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Printing & Graphic Arts VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

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

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  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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The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-5113.00 - Print Binding and Finishing Workers.

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Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  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.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-5113.00 - Print Binding and Finishing Workers.

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