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Expressions of interest are now open for Tech Connect

Expressions of interest are now open for Tech Connect - an accredited program that will connect regional creative communities from more than twenty surrounding ‘satellite’ cultural venues with theatre technical professionals - at the Arts Centre Melbourne.

Tech Connect is a 12-week pilot program that will establish two theatrical hubs in Horsham and Shepparton providing approximately 100 aspiring theatre technicians with an introduction to working in the entertainment industry and established theatre technicians with access to state-of-the-art training and technical equipment, including mentoring for trainees in remote locations.

The program will offer:

  • WorkSafe accredited Entertainment Industry Safety Training (white-card certification)
  • Paid attendance for VAPAC venue nominated technicians to complete Certificate III in Live Production & Services
  • Integrated Arts Wellbeing Collective training, building personal resilience and help-seeking culture
  • Reciprocal venue exchanges with Arts Centre Melbourne and access to industry professional networks
  • 1-on-1 specialist mentoring in participants’ own satellite/regional ‘home’ venues.

Tech Connect, leverages the Arts Centre Melbourne’s status as a registered training organisation to invest in Victoria’s thriving regional creative industries.

Following consultation with regional performing arts communities and the Victorian Association of Performing Arts Centres (VAPAC), the program addresses the shortage of theatre-relevant hands-on training for theatre technicians living in regional and remote areas.

WorkSafe Victoria have also supported the program with integration of the award-winning Arts Centre Melbourne lead Arts Wellbeing Collective workshop program, promoting positive mental health and wellbeing for young people across our creative state.

Tech Connect is made possible through a partnership between the Andrews Government and Arts Centre Melbourne, with co-investment from the Helen MacPherson Smith Trust.


To register your interest please contact us at

Expressions of interest close midnight, 10 March 2019.

Creative Victoria
HMS Trust

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