Binders and finishers fold, collate, stitch, trim, cover and embellish a range
of printed and non-printed products by hand or machine.
How much can I expect to earn?
Full-time employed Binder and Finisher earn an average of $939 per week. The
[average annual salary for this job is $48828 excluding super.]
enjoy practical and manual activities
good eyesight (may be corrected)
good hand-eye coordination
able to cope with the physical demands of the job
good communication skills
able to work as part of a team
able to pay attention to detail.
This job also involves:
Full use of hands/fingers
Use of precision or semi-precision tools or instruments or deft hand movements
are required for these occupations. Included are jobs where poor co-ordination
or incomplete use of hands or fingers may make tasks dangerous or difficult to
Good vision for detail
These jobs require you to be able to see clearly to examine items close-up. It
covers jobs where poor vision e.g. tunnel vision, could make the work place
unsafe or the job difficult to undertake, e.g. draftsperson working with
detailed drawings; checkout operator reading dockets; work requiring good
hand-eye co-ordination for working with precision or semi-precision tools.
Mainly indoor work
Workers performing these jobs would usually be expected to spend more than
three-quarters of their day indoors, in an office, factory or other enclosed
area protected from the weather.
Reading or writing
These jobs require moderate or better reading and writing skills. Workers may
be expected to prepare, understand or act on written materials, such as
letters or reports. People may wish to avoid these jobs if their reading or
writing English skills are limited to a small range of words or phrases and
symbols. Jobs remaining may still require very basic reading or writing
This occupation offers jobs at the following skill levels:
Skilled Trade Jobs
These jobs do not usually require completion of secondary education, however
further part-time study usually at Certificate III level, and on-the-job
training offered as an apprenticeship, is required.
At school, you can study these subject(s) to get a good foundation for this
School subjects that include some aspect of ART provide a useful background to
these jobs. In some cases an art-related subject is a pre-requisite for entry
to courses that provide the training for the job.
Duties and tasks of a Binder and Finisher
Binders and finishers may perform the following tasks:
process sheets of printed material by assembling the sheets, trimming them to size using automated guillotines and then folding the sheets using mechanised folders
set up and prepare bookbinding and finishing machines, which assemble pages or attach covers to books
prepare and apply the pastes and glues needed to hold books together (if binding books by hand), glue or sew the pages into place and ‘build’ the cover around each individual book, often using cloths, leathers and fine papers