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Overview

This page provides information and data on the Live Production Services sector, including technical services, live production management, and live production design.

The Live Production Services sector covers a varied and diverse range of performances and entertainment productions. Most of the vocational qualifications in this industry are in technical and production services, for occupations such as Lighting and Sound Technician or Stage Manager.

Nationally recognised training for the Live Production Services sector is delivered under the CUA – Creative Arts and Culture Training Package.

For information on dance or musical theatre, see Dance and Musical Theatre. For information on music performance, see Music.

Information sourced from the Culture and Related Industries IRC’s 2019 Skills Forecast.

All data sources are available at the end of the page.

IRC and Skills Forecasts

Employment trends

For information on employment, see the Arts, Culture, Entertainment and Design cluster page.

Training trends

Training snapshot

Program enrolments in Live Production Services-related qualifications have increased overall between 2015 and 2018, with some variances in-between. These include a small decrease between 2015 and 2016 (approximately 6,250 down to 5860), then an increase to roughly 8,430 in 2017 followed by a small decline to around 8,110 in 2018. Program completions were at their lowest in 2016, increased in 2017, then recorded a small decrease to approximately 2,730 in 2018. The overwhelming majority of qualifications in this sector are being undertaken at the certificate II (57%) or certificate III (38%) level, with most qualifications in the field of General Creative Industries (57%) and Live Production and Technical Services (42%).

In 2018 Live Production and Technical Services qualifications tend to have an intended occupation of Performing Arts Technician (not elsewhere specified), while all General Creative Industries-related qualifications have the intended occupation of Sales Assistant (general).

A large proportion of Live Production and Technical Services qualifications are being delivered by schools (67%). A range of providers are delivering the other qualifications in this area, with private training providers prominent in the area of General Creative Industries (55%). Overall, most subjects were Commonwealth and state funded (81%), with most of the remaining portion funded by domestic fee for service (19%). There was some variation between provider types, with private training providers recording 58% of subjects as Commonwealth and state funded and 42% as domestic fee for service.

More than one third of students in Live Production Services-related qualifications reside in New South Wales (35%), followed by Victoria (20%) and Western Australia (11%).

Training was most commonly delivered in New South Wales (37%), Western Australia (27%) and Victoria (21%).

There were only a relatively small number of apprentice and trainee commencements in Live Production Services-related qualifications from 2015 onwards, with a slight increase in 2017 to 49 commencements, but this has dropped back to 31 in 2018. Apprentice and trainee completions for this industry rose from 2010 and peaked at 92 in 2012, but have since declined to 17 in 2018. Apprentices and trainees in Live Performance Services-related qualifications are most commonly reported as training in Queensland (55%), followed by New South Wales (30%) and Western Australia (10%).

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Industry insights

For an analysis of skills needs and workforce demand, see the Arts, Entertainment, Culture and Design cluster page.

The impact of technological advancements is being felt across the industry, including the live production services sector. As highlighted in the Culture and Related Industries IRC’s 2019 Skills Forecast, new technologies such as automated lighting systems and the mechanisation of some staging equipment brings about new and different ways in which these workers deliver their services, and therefore the skills required to perform these roles.

The Culture and Related Industries IRC’s 2017 Skills Forecast suggests that due to the smaller nature of live production teams, workers involved in the technical side of live production are required to perform a wide variety of tasks and are in need of more generalist training. The necessary specialist skills are therefore developed on the job or as part of continuing training once a worker is employed. This differs from a sector such as Screen and Media in which technical workers are more specialised.

The Industry Workforce Development Plan 2015 from the FutureNow Creative and Leisure Industries Training Council found a lack of appropriate training in place for low-skilled workers in the Live Production Services sector. Basic transferable skills in health and safety and productivity may be something low-skilled workers in this industry lack.

For insights relevant to Live Production Services and other related fields generally, see the Arts, Entertainment, Culture and Design cluster page.

Links and resources

Below is a list of industry-relevant organisations and associations. Hyperlinks have been included where available.

Industry associations and advisory bodies

Australasian Lighting Industry Association

Australian Commercial & Entertainment Technologies Association

Live Performance Australia

Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance

 

Relevant research

Culture and Related Industries IRC’s 2017 Skills Forecast – Culture and Related Industries IRC

Industry Workforce Development Plan 2015 – FutureNow Creative and Leisure Industries Training Council

Data sources and notes

Training data has been extracted from the National VET Provider Collection, Total VET Student and Courses from the following training packages or qualifications:

  • CUA Creative Arts and Culture, CUF Screen and Media and CUE Entertainment Training Packages
  • Costuming, Scenery and Set Construction
    • CUF50507 - Diploma of Costume for Performance
    • CUF50607 - Diploma of Scenery and Set Construction
  • General Creative Industries
    • CUA20215 - Certificate II in Creative Industries
    • CUF10107 - Certificate I in Creative Industries
  • Live Production Design
    • CUA50513 - Diploma of Live Production Design
    • CUE60103 - Advanced Diploma of Design for Live Production, Theatre and Events
  • Live Production Management
    • CUA60213 - Advanced Diploma of Live Production and Management Services
    • CUE60303 - Advanced Diploma of Stage Management
  • Live Production and Technical Services
    • CUA20213 - Certificate II in Live Production and Services
    • CUA30413 - Certificate III in Live Production and Services
    • CUA30415 - Certificate III in Live Production and Services
    • CUA40413 - Certificate IV in Live Production and Technical Services
    • CUA40415 - Certificate IV in Live Production and Technical Services
    • CUA50413 - Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services
    • CUS50415 - Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services
    • CUE60203 - Advanced Diploma of Live Production, Theatre and Events (Technical Production).

This includes superseded qualifications and training packages.

Data covers a range of selected student and training characteristics in the following categories and years:

  • 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 program enrolments
  • 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 program completions.

Total VET students and courses data is reported for the calendar year. Program enrolments are the qualifications, courses and skill-sets in which students are enrolled in a given period. For students enrolled in multiple programs, all programs are counted. Program completion indicates that a student has completed a structured and integrated program of education or training. Subject enrolment is registration of a student at a training delivery location for the purpose of undertaking a module, unit of competency or subject. For more information on the terms and definitions, please refer to the Total VET students and courses: terms and definitions document. 

Low counts (less than five) are not reported to protect client confidentiality.  

Creative Arts and Culture, Arts and Culture, Screen and Media and Entertainment Training Packages apprentice and trainee data has been extracted from the National Apprentice and Trainee Collection, including:

  • 2010 to 2018 commencements
  • 2010 to 2018 completions 
  • 2018 apprentices and trainees in-training October to December 2018 collection, by qualification and State and Territory of data submitter.

Priority skills data have been extracted from the Culture and Related Industries IRC’s 2019 Skills Forecast.

Updated: 03 Feb 2020
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