Printing Table Workers operate bindery machines and perform manual binding and finishing of books and printed products.

Also known as: Printing Bindery Assistant or Printing Table Hand.

You can work as a Printing Table Worker without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in printing, graphic arts or another related field might be helpful.

Tasks

  • Assisting with setting up, operating and adjusting machines.
  • Maintaining and lubricating 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.

More about Printing Assistants and Table Workers

All Printing Assistants and Table Workers

  • $963 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Higher Unemployment Unemployment

Printing Table Workers

  • 890 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 62% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 40 hours Average full-time
  • 49 years Average age
  • 61% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Printing Table Workers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 1,400 in 2011 to 890 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Printing Table Workers work in many parts of Australia. Victoria has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Information Media and Telecommunications; and Administrative and Support Services.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (62%, similar to 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 49 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (64%).
  • Gender: 61% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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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)
Manufacturing84.8
Information Media and Telecommunications9.4
Administrative and Support Services1.3
Education and Training1.0
Other Industries3.5

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StatePrinting Table WorkersAll Jobs Average
NSW28.331.6
VIC36.425.6
QLD18.520.0
SA6.27.0
WA4.910.8
TAS4.02.0
NT0.31.0
ACT1.21.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketPrinting Table WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-192.8-5.05.0
20-245.1-9.39.3
25-3410.9-22.922.9
35-4417.4-22.022.0
45-5430.3-21.621.6
55-5916.2-9.09.0
60-6412.0-6.06.0
65 and Over5.4-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: 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 QualificationPrinting Table WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-10.110.1
Bachelor degree6.5-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma3.4-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV19.6-21.121.1
Year 1225.3-18.118.1
Year 119.2-4.84.8
Year 10 and below35.9-12.512.5

You can work as a Printing Table Worker without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in printing, graphic arts or another related field might be helpful.

Membership with Printing Industries Association of Australia may be useful.

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.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

Useful links and resources


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

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

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.

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.

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Demands

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

  1. Spend time standing

    94% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    94% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Teamwork

    91% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  4. Being exact or accurate

    86% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  5. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    86% Important

    Spend time 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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