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$1,327 per week


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


  • 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.


  • irregular hours
  • physically demanding.

To become a Performing Arts Technician

  • You can work as a Performing Arts Technician without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. It is common for Performing Arts Technicians to complete either a Vocational Education and Training (VET) or university course in audio visual studies, screen and media studies or another related field.

    Take a Certificate in Applied Performing Arts

  • Interested in developing your digital skills? Try one of 2000 free online courses at

    SkillFinder is a project funded by the Australian Government, through the Digital Skills Platform Program.

Skills employers are looking for

  • Videography

  • Communication Skills

  • Camera Operation

  • Editing

  • Video Production

  • Video Editing

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