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Gaffer Courses

A Gaffer works on film, television and stage sets to manage the lighting aspects of a production. You’ll lead a team of lighting technicians and operate lighting equipment such as spotlights or floodlights. Depending on the production, you might also use specialised lighting equipment for outdoor scenes. Gaffers may design a lighting plan for a project or collaborate with directors to provide lighting features for particular scenes.

Gaffers need to be skilled technicians and should have strong leadership skills. You’ll need to be able to keep to a production schedule and work well as part of a production team. Gaffers need excellent attention to detail and should be able to focus for long periods of time. It’s important that you can communicate well and follow directions.

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Popular Gaffer Courses

There are 3 courses available for people who want to become a Gaffer.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a Gaffer earn?

In Australia, a full time Gaffer generally earns $1,150 per week ($59,800 annual salary) before tax. This is a median figure for full-time employees and should be considered a guide only. As you gain more experience you can expect a potentially higher salary than people who are new to the industry.

What are the job opportunities for a Gaffer?

This industry has seen stable employment growth over the last five years. This is a profession that employs a small number of people and there are currently 900 Gaffers working in Australia. Gaffers may find work in larger towns and cities where productions are based.

Source: Australian Government Labour Market Insights

How do I become a Gaffer?

If a career as a Gaffer interests you, consider enrolling in an Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media. This course will develop your skills in film making, television projects and stage productions.

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Job Pathways

Here are some potential career pathways within film, tv and production. Click on an occupation to learn more about the role and the qualifications that can help you get started in this industry.