Printing Assistants and Table Workers perform routine printing tasks, operate bindery machines and perform manual binding and finishing of books and printed products.

A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job. Even with a qualification, sometimes experience or on-the-job training is necessary.

Tasks

  • assisting with setting up, operating and adjusting machines
  • maintaining and lubricating printing and bindery machines
  • clearing waste and cleaning work areas and machines
  • folding, collating and fastening printed products by machine and hand
  • performing hand binding and finishing operations
  • operating specialised machines such as casing-in and mini binders, and automatic carton folding and gluing machines
  • carrying out routine quality control

Job Titles

  • Printer's Assistant
  • Printing Table Worker
  • Printer's Assistant

    Performs routine tasks in the production of printed materials.

  • Printing Table Worker (also called, Printing Bindery Assistant or Printing Table Hand)

    Operates bindery machines and performs manual binding and finishing of books and printed products.

Fast Facts

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • 3,800 workers Employment Size
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • Higher unemployment Unemployment
  • 73.0% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 33.4 hours Average full-time
  • 44 years Average age
  • 24.1% female Gender Share

The number of Printing Assistants and Table Workers fell over the past 5 years and is expected to stay fairly stable over the next 5 years:
from 3,800 in 2017 to 3,800 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 3,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created (a large number for an occupation of this size).

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was above average in 2017.
  • Location: Printing Assistants and Table Workers work in many regions of Australia. Many work in Victoria.
  • Industries: They work in many industries such as Manufacturing; Administrative and Support Services; and Accommodation and Food Services.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (73%, similar to the all jobs average of 68.4%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 33.4 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 44 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 24.1% 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 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
20075600
20088000
20096500
20106300
20115700
20124800
20136100
20144000
20153600
20161200
20173800
20223800

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)
Manufacturing85.5
Administrative and Support Services7.5
Accommodation and Food Services3.8
Information Media and Telecommunications3.2

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.
StatePrinting Assistants and Table WorkersAll Jobs Average
NSW24.431.6
VIC48.826.2
QLD16.619.7
SA1.56.7
WA7.910.8
TAS0.72.0
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 BracketPrinting Assistants and Table WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-1913.7-5.25.2
20-240.0-9.99.9
25-3423.4-23.623.6
35-4425.2-21.721.7
45-5419.7-20.820.8
55-590.0-8.88.8
60-6410.5-6.06.0
65 and Over7.4-4.04.0

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

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A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job. Even with a qualification, sometimes experience or on-the-job training is necessary.

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.

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Employers look for Printing Assistants and Table Workers who are reliable and work well as part of 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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