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Production Trainee

Apply now Job no: 493579
Work type: Variable time fixed-term
Location: Melbourne - CBD
Categories: Production

Technical Production Traineeship

Variable Time Fixed Term – 20 hours per week.

About Arts Centre Melbourne

Situated in the heart of Melbourne’s cultural precinct, Arts Centre Melbourne (ACM) presents world-class performing arts in a year-round exciting program.  Experience Australia’s best performing arts companies and exceptional international productions, alongside celebrations of comedy, cabaret and popular music. Our values describe behaviours we will demonstrate in our interactions with Visitors, Presenters, Government and each other: Leadership, Creativity, Care More, Community and Equity.

The Business Unit

The Production business unit enables the high-quality delivery of live performances and events in any one of Arts Centre Melbourne’s five main venues and event spaces including The State Theatre, The Playhouse, The Fairfax Studio, Hamer Hall & the iconic Sidney Myer Music Bowl.

The Production business unit comprises of Venue Operations, Lighting, Sound & Vision, Staging, Broadcast & Multimedia, Corporate Events, Production Management, Wardrobe and Technical Training & Development.


About the Traineeship & Eligibility

Arts Centre Melbourne has three (3) new career opportunities available for people with a passion for technical production in the performing arts.

Arts Centre Melbourne’s in-house Technical Production Traineeship Program has been designed for individuals who have not yet commenced their professional careers. We look for people who are keen to enter the industry and undertake formalised learning & development to gain the required skills & knowledge in technical theatre production to achieve a Nationally Accredited Qualification.

Arts Centre Melbourne are offering three (3) positions for the 2024 Production Technical Traineeship program. One traineeship position is available at Certificate III level for each department (Lighting, Sound & Vision, Staging). It is important that you focus on one area of interest; we understand people have broad interests but we need to know about your specialty. You will also need to satisfy our eligibility criteria:

  • Excellent presentation and communication skills.
  • Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Australia (for at least six months prior to applying).
  • Willing to commit to the traineeship agreement. Traineeship duration is 12 months (Feb 2024 - Feb 2025).
  • Applicants must not have completed a qualification equal to or above a Certificate III level in any similar technical production qualification. For example, completing a Cert III, Cert IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Degree in any technical production discipline will make you ineligible.
  • You must display a willingness to learn and commit to both the classroom based and on-the job training components for the entire duration of the Traineeship. These positions must take priority over any other commitments at all times.


Arts Centre Melbourne is committed to diversity in all its forms across the Performing Arts and we encourage applications from all genders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people of colour, the Deaf and Disabled members of the LGBTQIA+ community and people of all ages. Arts Centre Melbourne is a place for everyone. 

We seek to provide workplace adjustments at all relevant stages of the recruitment process such as interpreters, alternative formats or other access supports. You can specify in the application form if you require any adjustments or please ask us at any stage. If you need to contact us about making workplace adjustments during the recruitment process, please send an email to


How, when and where?

Trainees will be recruited throughout November & December 2023. Shortlisted candidates are invited to attend a group session with individual interviews held for each position together with an exclusive back of house tour of the venues.  

The successful applicants for the traineeships will commence rostered work and learning activities at Arts Centre Melbourne from Tuesday 13th February 2024 to Thursday 13th February 2025.

The traineeships include a combination of on and off-the-job learning as trainees work toward obtaining qualifications at CUA30420: Certificate III in Live Production & Technical Services.

All trainees will be employed for a minimum of 20 hours per week on a variable time (part time) contract.

Variable-time employment is unique to Arts Centre Melbourne and strikes the balance between security and flexibility. You have a guaranteed number of weekly hours, with the chance to flex up to 38 hours if your availability matches available shifts. Shifts can change depending on your availability and operational need. This flexibility means you can enjoy commitments and pursuits outside of work. Variable-time is similar to working flexible part-time. 

Trainees will have an initial probationary period of three months, during which they will need to successfully complete two WH&S units of their course together with 2 units from the elective unit bank. All trainees are required to complete all other units from their qualifications throughout the designated traineeship period.

Trainees will commence on a rate of $24.49 per hour (Band 1.1) and after the probationary period the rate will be $25.94 per hour (Band 1.2). General terms and conditions of employment will be per the Arts Centre Melbourne Enterprise Agreement 2022.

Arts Centre Melbourne employees enjoy a range of benefits including:

  • Opportunity to receive free house seats and complimentary tickets to our shows
  • Organisational-wide learning and development and wellbeing programs
  • Discounted commuter benefits and onsite car-parking
  • Access to health care insurance at competitive rates
  • Food and beverage discounts at our staff café and surrounding restaurants.


Arts Centre Melbourne is excited about providing this opportunity for the right applicants. If you would like to apply, please complete and submit your application online by 11:55pm Wednesday 6th December 2023.

Applications are open to those with full-working rights in Australia. Arts Centre Melbourne is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Important Note: Only applications that complete the online application form will be considered for this role. Due to the volume of applications that we receive each year for these roles we are unable to provide feedback to all applicants other than those who have been notified as shortlisted for interview.

If you have not received a response from us 1 week after the closing date, please consider your application to be unsuccessful.

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