The Australian Ballet

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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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  • 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.


Company Pianist


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.

Costume Cutter


About the role:

The Costume Cutter is part of a dedicated and talented team who make up the Costume Workshop. As artisans working to realise the vision of the costume designer, the Costume team work in a fast-paced environment, having to meet multiple deadlines in any given year. The Costume Cutter is responsible for interpreting costume designs and cutting, construction, fitting and finishing of all costumes assigned for both new and revival productions. This is a non-touring position, although interstate travel may be required.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Consulting with costume designers and coordinators to establish the cut and finish of costumes for each production
  • Develop patterns from costume designs and from existing costumes
  • Establish toiles for designers, as required
  • Assisting the costume coordinator with planning fabric quantities required
  • Cutting of costumes
  • Supervising and instructing the construction of costumes by the costumiers
  • Conduct fittings, including costumiers where appropriate
  • Allocation of costumes to fulfil casting for each production
  • Sewing costumes, when required
  • Assisting the head of Costume workshop and senior cutters with staffing requirements and performance
  • Encourage and maintain a productive and amicable workplace culture
  • Dancers measurement files are kept up to date
  • Recording materials used to assist the costume coordinator in preparing the relevant files for archiving each production
  • Attending costume rehearsals in the rehearsal studio and theatre

Other duties -

  • At times, assisting with the supervision of work experience and secondment students
  • Undertaking any other duties as reasonably requested by the Head of Costume workshop, Senior Ladies and/or Senior Gentlemen's Cutters

Preferred Qualifications, Experience and Attributes

  • Experience in costume patternmaking and fitting
  • High level of costume making skills
  • Ability to use industrial sewing machinery
  • Fabric knowledge
  • Effective communication skills
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Patience and understanding
  • Ability to work autonomously and as part of a team
  • Ability to prioritise
  • Attention to detail
  • Satisfactory Police Records check – arranged by The Australian Ballet upon appointment

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Orchestra Victoria positions

Please visit the Orchestra Victoria page.


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


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


We act innovatively and embrace change with confidence and courage.


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.


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


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.


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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