Production Assistants (Film, Television, Radio or Stage)
Production Assistants (Film, Television, Radio or Stage) provide technical, administrative and organisational support to producers or directors for film, television, radio or stage productions.
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.
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.
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Informal or on-the-job
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Earnings and hours
Around 75% of people employed as Production Assistants (Film, Television, Radio or Stage) work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 9 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 47 hours per week in their main job. This is 3 hours more than the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Most Production Assistants (Film, Television, Radio or Stage) work in the Information media and telecommunications industry. They are also employed in industries like:
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Production Assistants (Film, Television, Radio or Stage)||All Jobs Average|
Around 88% of Production Assistants (Film, Television, Radio or Stage) live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.
New South Wales has a large share of employment relative to its population size.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
- Sydney - City and Inner South
- Melbourne - Inner
- Sydney - Eastern Suburbs
- Sydney - North Sydney and Hornsby
- Sydney - Inner West.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Production Assistants (Film, Television, Radio or Stage) is 29 years. This is younger than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 25 to 34 years.
Females make up 63% of the workforce. This is 15 percentage points above the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Production Assistants (Film, Television, Radio or Stage)||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||1.0||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
Formal qualifications are not essential to work as a Production Assistant (Film, Television, Radio or Stage). Although some workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification or a university degree in audio visual studies, media and communications, theatre production or another related field.
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Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Production Assistants (Film, Television, Radio or Stage)||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||6.7||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||3.2||12.5|
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.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Clerical and Administrative Workers who have good computer skills, can communicate clearly and can interact with a variety of people.
Interests and demands
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