Training in the arts in Australia covers a broad range of resources. Formal training is available through courses in Technical and Further Education institutions, universities and private institutions. A number of on-the-job training programs are also available in the arts, and many organisations offer in-house training programs for their staff. The last decade has seen the development in some States of multi-disciplinary tertiary institutions providing training in the arts.
A number of national specialised education institutions have been established to provide training in cultural fields. For example, the Australian Film, Television and Radio School is the national training centre for the film and broadcasting industries. The National Institute of Dramatic Art is the national training school for people who wish to enter the profession of theatre, film or television as actors, directors, designers, stage managers, theatre crafts technicians, production managers or teachers of voice and movement. The Australian Ballet School provides full-time training to the highest standard for young Australian dancers seeking a career in the classical dance profession. The Australian National Academy of Music offers master classes and short-term programs which bring distinguished national and international performers and music educators into contact with students.
CREATE Australia is the national Industry Training Advisory Board (ITAB) for cultural industries. Its primary task is to help cultural industries develop and run high quality, relevant vocational education and training programs. CREATE Australia supports cultural industries by:
- developing quality training programs for industry - including competency standards, training packages, curriculum and assessment;
- encouraging innovation in training development and delivery, and giving advice to industry about training;
- encouraging partnerships between industry and training providers;
- giving advice to government on policy and training priorities based on industry consultation; and
Products developed and produced by CREATE Australia include: the national entertainment industry training package; the national library and information services industry training package; the national museums industry training package; language, literacy and numeracy resources to support training in the entertainment industry; the first national careers guide for the Australian entertainment industry; the national multimedia education and training strategy; and the community cultural development training directory (available on-line).
In 2001 CREATE launched the national music industry training package and the national film, television, radio and multimedia industries training package.
- coordinating training development and implementation in conjunction with State and Territory industry training advisory bodies.