Print Finishers bind books and other publications, and finish printed products by hand or machine.

Specialisations: Mailhouse Operator, Paper Guillotine Operator (Bookbinding).

Either extensive experience or an apprenticeship in print manufacturing or printing and graphic arts is needed to work as a Print Finisher.

Tasks

  • Sets up and supervises the operation of automatic binding and finishing equipment.
  • Binds full, half and limp-bound books, and repairs bindings.
  • Folds, collates and sews signatures by machine and hand.
  • Operates paper guillotines for pre-press and post-press paper cutting and trimming, and programmes electronically-operated units.
  • Operates systems to insert printed material into newspapers, magazines and envelopes.
  • Embellishes printed products automatically and manually.

More about Binders, Finishers and Screen Printers

All Binders, Finishers and Screen Printers

  • $1,020 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Print Finishers

  • 1,900 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 80% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 40 hours Average full-time
  • 48 years Average age
  • 31% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Print Finishers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 2,200 in 2011 to 1,900 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Print Finishers work in many parts of Australia. Victoria has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Information Media and Telecommunications; and Wholesale Trade.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (80%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 40 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 48 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (60%).
  • Gender: 31% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Manufacturing79.8
Information Media and Telecommunications5.9
Wholesale Trade3.6
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2.9
Other Industries7.8

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StatePrint FinishersAll Jobs Average
NSW28.231.6
VIC32.825.6
QLD18.220.0
SA8.57.0
WA9.510.8
TAS1.52.0
NT0.31.0
ACT0.91.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketPrint FinishersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.4-5.05.0
20-245.2-9.39.3
25-3412.3-22.922.9
35-4421.3-22.022.0
45-5431.9-21.621.6
55-5914.1-9.09.0
60-648.8-6.06.0
65 and Over4.9-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationPrint FinishersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.8-10.110.1
Bachelor degree5.1-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma6.4-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV48.3-21.121.1
Year 1215.9-18.118.1
Year 115.8-4.84.8
Year 10 and below17.8-12.512.5

Either extensive experience or an apprenticeship in print manufacturing or printing and graphic arts is needed to work as a Print Finisher.

Thinking about study or training?

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

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

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    46% Skill level

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

  2. Production and Processing

    44% Skill level

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

  3. Administration and Management

    43% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  4. Mathematics

    42% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Customer and Personal Service

    39% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

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The skills and 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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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Spend Time Standing

    94% Important

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  2. Face-to-Face Discussions

    94% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  3. Work With Work Group or Team

    91% Important

    How important is it to work with others in a group or team?

  4. Being Exact or Accurate

    86% Important

    How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

  5. Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel

    86% Important

    How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and 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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