Graphic Pre-Press Trades Workers manipulate, set and compose text and graphics into a format suitable for printing and other visual media.

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

  • operating graphic cameras and other photographic equipment to reproduce camera-ready copy onto films, plates and digital output devices
  • using computer applications to generate images, text, layouts and impositions for print and other visual media displays
  • operating plate making equipment to reproduce images from film to printing plates, digital output devices and presses
  • operating computer screen-based equipment for scanning, colour separation, colour correction, masking, creative design, combining, imposing, retouching, and other processes used to transfer copy to film and produce film for plate, digital output and cylinder productions
  • carrying out digital and chemical proofing from digital systems, and negative and positive films
  • evaluating printed proofs, checking and correcting them for quality
  • preparing and exposing carbon tissue for laying on cylinders by transfer method, and developing images

Job Titles

  • Graphic Pre-press Trades Worker
  • Graphic Pre-press Trades Worker

    Specialisations: Desktop Publishing Operator

Fast Facts

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • 3,000 workers Employment Size
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 84.9% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 33.6 hours Average full-time
  • 42 years Average age
  • 15.1% female Gender Share

The number of Graphic Pre-press Trades Workers fell over the past 5 years and is expected to fall over the next 5 years:
from 3,000 in 2018 to 2,700 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 1,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 200 a year).

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2017.
  • Location: Graphic Pre-press Trades Workers work in many regions of Australia. Many work in New South Wales.
  • Industries: They work in many industries such as Manufacturing; Administrative and Support Services; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (84.9%, much higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 33.6 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 42 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 15.1% 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 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
YearNumber of Workers
20085400
20092600
20103500
20114600
20122600
20133300
20141400
20153100
20162600
20171900
20183000
20232700

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

No data is available for the selected graph for this Occupation.

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)
Manufacturing80.0
Administrative and Support Services10.3
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services9.7

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.
StateGraphic Pre-press Trades WorkersAll Jobs Average
NSW54.331.6
VIC28.526.2
QLD9.719.7
SA4.86.7
WA0.010.8
TAS0.02.0
NT0.01.1
ACT2.71.8

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 BracketGraphic Pre-press Trades WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.25.2
20-240.0-9.99.9
25-340.0-23.623.6
35-4460.6-21.721.7
45-5420.9-20.820.8
55-592.7-8.88.8
60-6415.8-6.06.0
65 and Over0.0-4.04.0

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 QualificationGraphic Pre-press Trades WorkersAll 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/IV0-18.918.9
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 Graphic Pre-press Trades Workers who are hardworking, reliable and work well in a team.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Computers and Electronics

    80% Important

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  2. English Language

    73% Important

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

  3. Design

    70% Important

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  4. Mathematics

    67% Important

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Production and Processing

    67% Important

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

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, 51-5111.00 - Prepress Technicians and Workers.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Activities

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

  1. Interacting With Computers

    92% Important

    Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  2. Getting Information

    87% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  3. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

    83% Important

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

  4. Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge

    83% Important

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  5. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    83% Important

    Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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, 51-5111.00 - Prepress Technicians and Workers.

go to top