Dance & Musical Theatre training review

What skills and knowledge are needed in the dance and musical theatre workforce? Call for industry feedback to the review into dance and musical theatre national vocation education and training in Australia.

Dance & Musical Theatre training review


Who is conducting the review

The Culture and Related Industries Industry Reference Committee, supported by PwC’s Skills for Australia, works to ensure the nation’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) system provides Australians with the skills they need to obtain lifelong, meaningful employment. Working directly with industry, we identify skills
and knowledge needs in the workforce and translate these learning opportunities into training products.

Trends shaping the dance and musical theatre sector

* An increase in freelancing and multi-faceted income streams means that dancers
require contract-drafting, invoicing, marketing and grant writing skills.

* Psychology, self-care and resilience skills are increasingly important for workers in the dance and musical theatre sector.

* Variability in knowledge and skill level of graduates means that “on the job” training is often required before dancers are work ready

What is the purpose of the review?

A review of vocational education and training in dance, dance teaching and musical theatre is being conducted to ensure learners are prepared for work across a diverse range of roles in an increasingly freelance environment. PwC want to understand the skills and knowledge gaps in the sector, and importantly, how vocational education and training can better reflect the expectations of industry. This project will ensure training provides workers with business, enterprise and technical skills to work in a range of roles in the dance, musical theatre and live performance and entertainment sector.

Call for industry input

Throughout September and October 2018, PwC is speaking with employers, industry representatives, peak bodies, employees, freelance workers, teachers and students to find out how training can best reflect the needs of industry. Click on the button below to register your interest in this important project.

Have your say here.

If you have any questions, contact Alexandra Gifford at If interested, you may also register your interest in reviews of Arts and Cultural Administration, Screen, Media and Broadcasting, Music and Mental Well-being education and training.