Unit Group

3995 Performing Arts Technicians

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ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations
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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)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Level 4 qualification (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


  • 399511 Broadcast Transmitter Operator
  • 399512 Camera Operator (Film, Television or Video)
  • 399513 Light Technician
  • 399514 Make Up Artist
  • 399515 Musical Instrument Maker or Repairer
  • 399516 Sound Technician
  • 399517 Television Equipment Operator
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399511 Broadcast Transmitter Operator

Operates consoles to control radio or television broadcast transmitters.

Skill Level: 3

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)

399513 Light Technician

Positions and controls lighting equipment for film, television or video productions or stage performances.

Skill Level: 3

399514 Make Up Artist

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

Skill Level: 3

399515 Musical Instrument Maker or Repairer

Builds, repairs and restores musical instruments, and modifies and tunes them to owners' specifications.

Skill Level: 3


  • Piano Tuner

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

399517 Television Equipment Operator

Operates television equipment to record, edit, mix and prepare material for broadcast.

Skill Level: 3


  • Vision Mixer

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
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