Arts Administrator or Manager – ANZSCO 139911
- Artistic Directors determine and oversee implementation of artistic policies for a performing arts organisation such as a theatre company, dance company, music ensemble, festival or venue.
- Skill Level
- Art Gallery Director
- Community Arts Centre Manager
- Cultural Centre Manager
Skills Assessment Requirement
Unless you are exempt in very limited circumstances, you are required to have a positive Skills Assessment to apply for the visas listed above.
Skills Assessment authority for Arts Administrator or Manager is Vocational Education and Training Assess (VETASSESS). To have a positive skills assessment, you must meet the following criteria:
- Four pathways for skills assessment by VETASSESS
- Pathway A – Minimum comparable bachelor or higher degree AQF level with a highly relevant major field of study + 1 year of highly relevant employment
- Pathway B – Minimum comparable bachelor or higher degree AQF level (no highly relevant major field) + additional minimum AQF diploma level with highly relevant major + 2 years of highly relevant experience
- Pathway C – Minimum comparable bachelor or higher degree AQF level (no highly relevant major field) with no additional study + 3 years minimum highly relevant experience
- The AQF Bachelor degree or higher must be within one of the following fields of study: Arts Administration or Management, Arts and Cultural Management, Art Curatorship, Fine Arts or Art History, Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management.
- Other fields of study which relate to the Arts, and particularly when linked to subsequent employment in the same area, will be assessed on a case-by-case basis
- For the purposes of employment, highly relevant tasks include: Developing, implementing and monitoring strategies, policies and plans for their area of control; Establishing and directing operational and administrative procedures; Directing and coordinating the allocation of resources; Monitoring work progress and performance, and adjusting processes and resources to keep goals on track; Controlling budget planning and report preparation, and monitoring and controlling expenditure for their area of control; Controlling selection, training and performance of staff; Representing the organisation in negotiations, and at conventions, seminars, public hearings and forums.
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Applicants nominating this managerial occupation must submit an organisational chart as supporting material for assessment. Organisational charts should include:
- The company letterhead
- Your job position, and
- The job positions of your superiors and subordinates, as well as,
- All positions reporting to your immediate supervisor and to your direct subordinates.
If you are unable to obtain an organisational chart from your employer, you will need to provide a statutory declaration outlining the required information and the reasons why this information cannot be provided.
Potential Visa Pathways for Arts Administrator or Manager
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Group: 1399 Other Specialist Managers
- This unit group covers Specialist Managers not elsewhere classified.
It includes Arts Administrators or Managers, Environmental Managers, Laboratory Managers, Quality Assurance Managers and Sports Administrators.
- Skill Level
- Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. At least five years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualification. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).
- Occupations in this Group
- 139911 Arts Administrator or Manager
- 139912 Environmental Manager
- 139913 Laboratory Manager
- 139914 Quality Assurance Manager
- 139915 Sports Administrator
- 139999 Specialist Managers nec
This 189 visa allows you to live, work and study in Australia permanently. It is a points-tested visa. The minimum score to apply is 65 points. However, based on previous invitation rounds, you would need to achieve a higher score to have a better chance of obtaining an invitation.
In short, to be eligible for visa 189, you need to meet the following criteria:
Subclass 190 visa– Skilled Nominated Visa & Subclass 491 visa – Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa
To apply for visa subclass 190 and visa subclass 491, you need to have a nomination from the state/territory government where you want to live and work. Each State and Territory have individual requirements that must be met in order to receive nomination. (See below)
Another difference between the 190 and 491 visa is that you can only apply for visa subclass 491 if you are living and working in regional areas in Australia, while it is not a requirement if you are applying for the 190 visa.
In summary, to be eligible for 190 visa, you need to meet the following criteria:
To check if the state/ territory government requirements for your occupation, refer to the following links
Links to requirements
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|Australian Capital Territory (ACT)|
The 485 visa is a work visa available to international students who have completed two years of study in Australia. It is an 2 year or more visa that has full work rights and full study rights. It also allows you to travel freely to and from Australia throughout the validity of the visa.
To be eligible for visa 485, you need to meet the following criteria:
If you have an employer who is willing to sponsor you, you may be eligible for a Subclass 186 visa. This visa is permanent and will allow you to live, work and study in Australia indefinitely. To be eligible for this visa, you need to have at least 3 years of working experience in your nominated occupation and a positive skills assessment. Alternatively, if you are a holder of a Subclass 457 or TSS visa, you can apply for Subclass 186 after working for your employer for at least 3 years under the Temporary Residence Transition stream.
The 407 visa a short stay visa for individuals to participate in occupational training or professional development in Australia. This visa is generally valid to stay in Australia for 2 years. Please note this visa is subject to condition 8102 which forbids work apart from the training that is specified in the visa application. You are also required to maintain health insurance whilst in Australia.
To be eligible for visa 407, you need to meet the following criteria:
You can apply for subclass 494 if you have a regional employer who is willing to sponsor you. To be eligible for this visa, you must have at least 3 years of working experience in your nominated occupation and have a relevant skills assessment. With this visa, there is a requirement that you must work for the employer who is sponsoring you.
This visa provides pathway to permanent residency through the 191 visa.
The Subclass 482 visa is a Temporary Skill Shortage visa that requires a sponsorship from an Australian employer. This visa allows to your live and work in Australia for up to 4 years. You may apply for as many 482 visas as you want, as long as the employer is willing to sponsor you.
Study Pathway for Arts Administrator or Manager
To become an arts administrator you usually need to complete a bachelor degree or postgraduate degree with a major in an area of the arts. Some workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification.
The Master of Arts (Arts Management) is a postgraduate degree designed to teach you core strategic skills and knowledge to help you succeed in the arts industry. Whether you are pursuing a career in the arts management field, or you are already working in it, your studies in this degree will help you gain capabilities that broaden your professional opportunities as an artist or manager.
From managing festivals, events and museums to working as an advisor in the community, education and government sector, you’ll emerge from this degree as a highly skilled, reflective and ethical practitioner committed to making a contribution to arts management and the community.
Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business Administration
- Duration: 4.5 years
- Total Course Cost Approx: $137,489 AUD
- You must have successfully completed an Australian Bachelor degree or equivalent overseas qualification.
- You may also be considered if you have at least 5 years work experience or professional practice.
- To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:
- IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0
- TOEFL (Internet Based Test – IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component.
- Bachelor of Arts (Arts Management)
- Bachelor of Music (Arts Management)
- Master of Arts (Arts Management)