3995 Performing Arts Technicians

Performing Arts Technicians provide technical and other assistance for the production, recording and broadcasting of artistic performances.

Indicative Skill Level:

Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

    At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

    Tasks Include:

    • operating microwave equipment to transmit video information to transmitter sites and receiving video signals from remote locations
    • maintaining and repairing radio and television transmitters and associated equipment
    • selecting and attaching equipment to cameras, positioning cameras, and following the action of scenes being photographed while adjusting controls
    • positioning equipment, such as spotlights, floodlights and cables, and operating lights during filming, broadcasting and stage performances
    • applying and retouching make up during shooting and performance, including special effects make up such as scars and wounds
    • designing and making musical instruments and instrument parts using specially selected materials and techniques similar to those used in cabinetmaking, metal pipe making, silversmithing and wood carving, and tuning and repairing musical instruments
    • setting up and adjusting equipment such as microphones, and operating sound mixing consoles and associated equipment to regulate volume and sound quality
    • selecting and setting up television recording, editing and mixing equipment, and adjusting and monitoring their operation


    • 399512 Camera Operator (Film, Television or Video)
    • 399514 Make Up Artist
    • 399516 Sound Technician
    • 399599 Performing Arts Technicians nec

    399512 Camera Operator (Film, Television or Video)

    Sets up and operates cameras to photograph scenes for film, television or video productions.

    Skill Level: 3


    • Focus Puller (Film)

    399514 Make Up Artist

    Designs and applies make up to actors, presenters and other performing artists.

    Skill Level: 3

    399516 Sound Technician

    Operates audio equipment to record, enhance, mix and amplify sound in support of television, radio, film or video productions, or stage performances.

    Skill Level: 3


    • Audio Operator
    • Dubbing Machine Operator
    • Foley Artist
    • Re-recording Mixer
    • Sound Editor
    • Sound Effects Person
    • Sound Mixer
    • Sound Recordist
    • Video and Sound Recorder

    399599 Performing Arts Technicians nec

    This occupation group covers Performing Arts Technicians not elsewhere classified.

    Skill Level: 3

    Occupations in this group include:

    • Continuity Person
    • Microphone Boom Operator
    • Performing Arts Road Manager
    • Special Effects Person
    • Theatrical Dresser