The Australian Ballet

Careers

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Be part of our diverse workforce at a transformative time as we continue to inspire, nourish and connect with audiences and communities across Australia and the world.

“This company deserves to hold its head high as one of the greatest in the world.” — Syd­ney Morn­ing Herald
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Company overview

  • Australia’s National Ballet company.
  • Founded in 1962, with 60 years of strong history.
  • Not-for-profit company.
  • Head office in Melbourne and Sydney.
  • Collective workforce of over 240 talented individuals across a unique mix of roles across creative and corporate functions.
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Employee wellbeing

  • Access to our onsite general practitioner (bulk billed).
  • Onsite gym (Melbourne).
  • Onsite circuit, Pilates, or yoga classes (Melbourne).
  • Free annual flu vaccination.
  • Employee Assistance Program - free confidential advice and counselling services.
  • Discounted memberships at Elixir Health Clubs and KAYA Health Clubs.
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The benefits of working with us

Current vacancies

We’re glad you’re interested in joining our workplace of over 240 talented individuals.

Whether it’s onstage, behind-the-scenes, or in our head office, we offer a wide range of careers and workplace opportunities for people of all backgrounds.

What unites us is our mission to inspire and delight people through the power of ballet.

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Dancer

Melbourne

  • Join one of the world’s leading ballet companies
  • Short and ongoing contract opportunities available (Storytime Ballet & Mainstage Dancers)
  • Based in Melbourne, Australia with 6 months touring per year
  • All applications must have a link to a short video showcasing your work, whether that’s in the studio or in performance.

As a dancer with The Australian Ballet you’ll be required to rehearse, understudy, and perform such roles with The Australian Ballet as allocated by the Artistic Director in accordance with their training, experience, and ability. There is a touring component of up to six months per year associated with this position.

View the position description.

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter outlining why you feel you would be suitable for this position, including your salary expectations.

Apply for this role.

PLEASE ENSURE TO UPLOAD YOUR VIDEO URL IN THE "EXPERIENCE SUMMARY" SECTION.

Head Of Planning (12 Month Contract)

We currently have an exciting opportunity to join our team as the Head of Planning on a Fixed Term 12-month Maternity Leave contract.
The Head of Planning is responsible for delivery of agreed TAB productions, contract and royalty negotiation and artistic planning to ensure annual season plans are realised.
This senior position is responsible for working collaboratively with the Director of Artistic Planning and Producing to schedule seasons, timely and efficient contracting of theatres, artists and creatives and securing licenses and rights associated with agreed repertoire.
The Head of Planning is a key contributor in organisational communications, information sharing and forward planning.

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter outlining why you feel you would be suitable for this position.

View the position description here

Repetiteur and Rehabilitation Specialist

The role of Repetiteur and Rehabilitation Specialist is responsible for designing, developing, and implementing ballet training programs to support dancers' rehabilitation and injury prevention; contribute to dancers' artistic and technical development and ensure dancers’ safe return to repertoire following injury through specialised coaching. This is a non-touring position.

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter outlining why you feel you would be suitable for this position.

View the position description here

Company Pianist

Melbourne

We are seeking an experienced ballet pianist to join the Music Team. Applicants must be expert pianists, have considerable experience in playing for professional ballet classes and rehearsals, and a broad knowledge of the classical ballet repertoire. Pianists of The Australian Ballet can be asked to perform orchestral piano and keyboards in the Company’s seasons. Additionally, they may be invited to perform as soloists.

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter outlining why you feel you would be suitable for this position, including your salary expectations.

View the Position Description and Apply for this role.

x2 First Nations Traineeships

What is the Australian Ballet Education & Outreach First Nations Traineeship?

The Australian Ballet Traineeship Program is a multidisciplinary dance-based program that provides young First Nations artists with the opportunity to present dance experiences to youth across Australia. This is a paid work experience opportunity that can be tailored to suit the skills and career aspirations of the trainees while working alongside some of Australia’s best dance educators.

In the past 16 years, The Australian Ballet Education and Outreach Team has delivered its program to over 200,000 people in Australia who may not have been able to access a ballet experience because of their financial, geographic or social circumstances. Trainees are employed for 16 weeks within the team and take part in touring and Melbourne-based training, performing and teaching activities. These activities include workshops for pre-school, primary and secondary students, as well as creative and community residencies, including performances designed for young audiences.

View the Position Description and Apply for this role.

Orchestra Victoria positions

Please visit the Orchestra Victoria page.

Departments

There are few organisations with the depth and variety of roles available at The Australian Ballet. We offer a unique mix of creative and corporate roles across the following teams:

  • Artistic
  • Artistic Planning and Producing
  • Partnerships
  • Business Operations
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Music
  • Philanthropy
  • Technical and Production
  • Orchestra Victoria
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Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion

As Australia’s National Ballet Company, we are deeply committed to cultivating and sustaining an organisation that is equitable, fair and inclusive.

Our aim is to become a truly inclusive organisation with a workforce that reflects Australia today. This is fundamental to The Australian Ballet’s future success and our ability to continue to contribute to culture and society in Australia.

We embrace diversity both on and off stage. The range of perspectives and experience diversity brings is an asset to our organisation and all those who work with us.

We have developed an Diversity and Inclusion Plan and Reconciliation Action Plan to enable us to meet our diversity and inclusion aims, and our commitment to First Nation communities.


Our Values

Ambition

We perform at our best: challenging ourselves and each other,thinking beyond conventional practice and striving to achieve
excellence in everything we do.

Boldness

We act innovatively and embrace change with confidence and courage.

Inclusivity

We are deeply committed to cultivating and sustaining an organisation that is equitable, fair and inclusive. We embrace diversity both on and off stage and strive to be a company where all communities feel a sense of belonging.

Respect

We treat all people with dignity and create trusted and enduring relationships with customers, colleagues and communities.

Responsibility

We seek out new and better ways of doing things, act accountably and understand the importance of balancing artistic risk with strategic and commercial outcomes. We strive for environmental sustainability and are conscious of how we use our resources.

FAQs

Can I apply for more than one job at a time?

Yes, you can apply for more than one role at a time. However, you will be required to submit separate applications for each role you would like to apply for.

Are there dancer auditions?

The Australian Ballet holds auditions only when we have dancer contracts available. Should you submit your information for consideration, we will hold it on file and make contact only with dancers the company wishes to audition.

Due to the extremely high number of submissions we receive, we are unable to provide individual feedback for applicants. Regardless of whether your application is successful, we thank you for your interest in joining our Company, and sincerely encourage you to continue pursuing your ambitions.

How long does the recruitment process take?

For each position we publish, the process may be different, but generally it is a several weeks.

Our Human Resources team will keep you updated on the process of your application.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to them direct if you would like to know more about the status of your application.

Do you publish all vacancies on your website?

Yes. We publish all vacancies on our website. We also regularly advertise on LinkedIn, Seek and ArtsHub too.

Can I send my CV to be considered for any position at The Australia Ballet?

Unfortunately we do not accept CVs or unspecified applications via email. Please keep an eye on our vacancies and apply direct should you have the stated skills and experience outlined.

Do you offer work experience, internships or cadetships at The Australian Ballet?

We do receive a very high volume of requests for school and university work experience or internship placements.

As the Australia’s National Ballet Company our performance and artistry standards are world class and delivery of this through the talents of our people is our priority. We do however publish opportunities from time to time on our website to please check regularly if you are interested in joining us in this capacity.

Email us below with your applications or any questions.

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