Printing & Graphic Industries

Printing and Graphic Arts Industry Overview

There has been a printing Industry in New South Wales since the 19th century, but now in the 21st century that industry is in the midst of an ongoing evolution as a result of technology driving change.

Across the world innovative and creative technologies have resulted in the industry becoming dynamic and responsive to the demands of the ever increasing visual appetite of consumers.

Take away all business signage, sales catalogues, newspaper and magazine advertising, product packaging, etc in New South Wales and the rest of Australia and you are left with a potential economic disaster. Just imagine trying to run a business without a printing and graphic arts Industry to support you.

Change always brings new opportunity and the rapid evolution in technology and sophisticated printing equipment is transforming the Industry and resulting in employment and career opportunities.

Employment and career opportunities

  • Digital Print and Production
  • Screen Printing
  • Graphic Design Production
  • Multimedia
  • Cartons and Corrugating
  • Management/Sales

Deciding which employment and or career pathway to follow requires evaluation of as much valid information as possible. Below is a list of critical factors that will assist in deciding which pathway to choose.

  • How many people an industry employs in Australia?
  • What’s the latest unemployment rate?
  • What proportion of males and females work in it
  • What is the average weekly wage?
  • What the crystal ball tells about the future
  • What are the main jobs?
  • How many people are in the industry?

To find the answers just click here and it will bring you to a current overview of the printing and graphic arts Industry

Where do I find a list of occupations?

Some of the employment and career opportunities include:

  • Binders, Finishers and Screen Printers
  • Pre-press Trades Workers
  • Printers
  • Printing Assistants and Table Workers
  • Sales Representatives
  • Sales Managers

For a full list of occupations please click here.

For instance, the six occupations listed above can be accessed by clicking on a job title that will open to a comprehensive overview of the occupation including job prospects and weekly earnings.


Go to Reports and Links and click on Occupational Bulletin and obtain a summary of occupation which will prove very helpful.

What qualifications will I need?

Once you’ve chosen one or more occupations as potential employment/career targets, the next step is to find out what qualifications are required to work in the Industry. To get the full picture, click here and follow the steps.

Go to Qualifications and Occupations/Industry Sectors:

Please enter ICP10 Printing and Graphic Arts Training Package and click on View Report

How do I get my training?

At this point one or maybe two job/career selections have been made and now the question is how is the training undertaken and completed to match industry requirements. The following two pathways have been selected because both provide assistance in obtaining the necessary training to achieve entry into the industry.

(a) Apprenticeships/Traineeships in the Printing and Graphic Arts Industry in NSW.,-Printing,-Furnishings,-Clothing,-Te/Printing-Industries/Career-Information

(b) Training courses subsidised by the NSW Government. Click

Skills Recognition

'Skills recognition' is a generic term that can be used to cover the range of ways an individual's skills, experience, knowledge and qualifications can be formally acknowledged, including: Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Credit transfer (including national recognition) Overseas qualifications assessment.


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.

RPL assesses this unrecognised learning against the requirements of a formal qualification. By removing the need for duplication of learning, RPL encourages an individual to continue upgrading their skills and knowledge through structured education and training towards formal qualifications and improved employment outcomes.

In order to recognise prior learning it is necessary to: compare the informal or non-formal learning the individual has achieved against the learning outcomes or performance criteria of the course or qualification for which the student is using as a basis for seeking entry or the award of credit, and determine appropriate evidence to support the claim of prior learning.

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.


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.