Production Assistants (Film, Television, Radio or Stage) provide technical, administrative and organisational support to producers or directors for film, television, radio or stage productions.

    You can work as a Production Assistant (Film, Television, Radio or Stage) without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in media, theatre, production and/or communications might be helpful.

    Tasks

    • Completes administrative, publicity and research work.
    • Works out shooting and rehearsal schedules.
    • Arranges production meetings.
    • Hires and books vehicles, accommodation, equipment and flights.
    • Sorts out any legal requirements in relation to venues.
    • Photocopies scripts, arranges voice-overs.
    • Organises contracts.
    • Deals with production enquiries from the public.
    • Labels and categorises tapes and sends them to the director and other relevant staff.
    • Carries out general administration tasks.

    All Other Clerical & Administrative Workers

    • $1,383 Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment

    Production Assistants (Film, Television, Radio or Stage)

    • 1,200 workers Employment Size
    • Lower skill Skill level rating
    • 75% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 47 hours Average full-time
    • 29 years Average age
    • 63% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Production Assistants (Film, Television, Radio or Stage) (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 1,100 in 2011 to 1,200 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Many Production Assistants (Film, Television, Radio or Stage) work in New South Wales.
    • Industries: Most work in Information Media and Telecommunications; Arts and Recreation Services; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (75%, higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 47 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 29 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (24%).
    • Gender: 63% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

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    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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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)
    Information Media and Telecommunications76.9
    Arts and Recreation Services7.6
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services5.7
    Education and Training3.2
    Other Industries6.6

    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.
    StateProduction Assistants (Film, Television, Radio or Stage)All Jobs Average
    NSW51.831.6
    VIC26.425.6
    QLD10.620.0
    SA3.97.0
    WA4.810.8
    TAS1.02.0
    NT0.71.0
    ACT0.81.9

    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 BracketProduction Assistants (Film, Television, Radio or Stage)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-193.0-5.05.0
    20-2420.6-9.39.3
    25-3442.4-22.922.9
    35-4418.4-22.022.0
    45-549.7-21.621.6
    55-593.3-9.09.0
    60-641.5-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.0-4.24.2

    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 QualificationProduction Assistants (Film, Television, Radio or Stage)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate6.7-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree47.1-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma13.8-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV7.3-21.121.1
    Year 1219.9-18.118.1
    Year 111.9-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below3.2-12.512.5

    You can work as a Production Assistant (Film, Television, Radio or Stage) without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in media, theatre, production and/or communications might be helpful.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • driver's licence

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