NSW Government Supporting Creative Careers

In June 2013, NSW Trade & Investment now the NSW Department of Industry released the NSW Creative Industries Economic Profile, a statistical overview of the creative industries based on 2011 Census data. It identified:

  • Direct employment growth for the NSW creative industries is twice that of the NSW average
  • NSW is home to 40% of Australia’s creative industries workforce
  • 1 in 20 workers in NSW are employed in the creative industries
  • Creative services exports are worth $1.4 billion each year to the NSW economy
  • NSW is the source of more than half (57%) of Australia’s creative industries services export

The NSW Industry Action Plan for the Creative Industries states that “Sydney and NSW are primed for growth in the expanding global digital economy, with the convergence of creativity and information and communication technologies bringing together our leading strengths in advertising, design, music, film, animation, new media and the arts.

What are the Creative Industries?

So if you have:

  • Imagination, ideas & visualisation
  • Passion & drive for excellence & innovation
  • Risk-taking & entrepreneurship
  • Confidence with new & changing technology
  • Persistence
  • Ability to rapidly acquire knowledge & know-how
  • Connectivity & collaboration
  • Ability to work to constraints (eg brief, budget, time)
  • Ability to execute & deliver    

Then the creative and associated industries which use these skills and knowledge could be for you.

Which jobs/occupations are associated with the industry?

They include:

  • Advertising – including social media
  • Built Environment - focusing on architectural, community and public art services
  • Cultural tourism including city and regional community and council events
  • Design including fashion, interior, industrial and graphic design
  • Gaming including interactive content and software development
  • Live production including staging, lighting , sound, audio visual, event management, and front of house services
  • Performance including music, dance, drama, vocals and musical theatre,.
  • Publishing including print and online
  • Screen and media including radio and broadcasting, television, film, electronic games and interactive entertainment, and associated education and venue management.
  • Visual Arts and Crafts, including photography, ceramics, glass, jewellery, sculpture, textiles, woodwork,.
  • Writing – including fiction and non fiction
  • and associated education and venue management for each of these job categories.

So be inspired - a career in the creative industries could be for you.

What qualifications will I need?

The Creative Industries in Australia is comprised of the following arts industries:

  • Live Entertainment incorporating the Performing Arts Industries of Acting, Dance, Singing and Music, as well as the Venue Production Services of lighting , sound, audio visual, staging ,stage/ event management, and front of house services 
  • Visual arts, crafts and design
  • Museums and Galleries  
  • Screen and Media, incorporating Broadcasting and Radio
  • Writing and Publishing

In many of these industries jobs have become interdisciplinary and traditional boundaries between art forms are merging to require a range of skills.

Employees in theatres and in museums and art galleries can perform a wide range of general administrative functions, sell products and services, organize events, manage projects and budgets, coordinate education programs and social media strategies, as well as working with the arts professionals in design and production..

Education and community development also open up a myriad of job possibilities of  teaching in every art form and working with councils, cities and regional centres creating public arts projects and events,. 

To find out more about the many possible jobs/occupations in the creative industries and the qualifications required click here.

Is there any financial assistance available for my employer or me?

For Traineeship information
For training courses subsidised by the NSW Government

Can the skills I already have be recognised?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) involves the assessment of previously unrecognised skills and knowledge an individual has achieved outside the formal education and training system.
The processes used to assess RPL applications may take several (not mutually exclusive) forms, for example:

  • participation in exactly the same or modified versions of the assessment the student would be required to complete as part of the full course
  • assessment based on a portfolio of evidence
  • direct observation of demonstration of skill or competence
  • reflective papers, journals or portfolios that relate past learning to the learning or competency outcomes of the current  course or qualification
  • provision of examples of the student's work drawn from the workplace, social, community or other setting in which the student applies their learning, skill or competence;
  • testimonials of learning, skill or competence; or
  • combinations of any of the above.


Can a course I've already completed be credited towards another course of study?

Credit transfer involves assessing a previously completed course or subject to see if it provides equivalent learning or competency outcomes to those required within a current course of study. It is used when someone seeks credit for a course or subject they have already completed. It is based on agreements between institutions or organisations as to the credit value to be given for specific units of competency and learning outcomes within a course or qualification. Formal documentation of equivalence (for example a mapping guide) is required.

What is national recognition?

National recognition is unique to the vocational education and training system. It means that a student automatically has credit for units of competency that they have completed at another registered training organisation (RTO). A statement of attainment from another RTO that contributes to a qualification is reported as a form of credit transfer.

Are my overseas qualifications valid in Australia?

There are several options available to individuals who hold overseas qualifications, but wish to commence a career in Australia. Comparisons between overseas qualifications and Australian qualifications (except for school-level qualifications) may be established through the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (NOOSR) — a Commonwealth government agency. Individuals seeking formal recognition of their qualifications should contact the  Australian Education International.

While formal recognition of overseas qualification is possible through NOOSR, ASIC has specific obligations for Australia and it will almost certainly be necessary to undertake some additional training (or assessment) to meet Australian regulatory requirements, particularly in relation to the distinct characteristics and products of the Australian environment.