New South Wales / ACT
(Stunt Action Person, Stunt Actor)
Carrying a parachute ready for re-packing
You can work as a stunt performer without formal qualifications. However, you will need to obtain special grading from the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance before working. You must be 18 years of age to apply.
To meet the requirements for Stunt Action Person grading set by the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, stunt performers must have a minimum of six months recognised general stunt training and be able to demonstrate competency in four out of five categories: Body Control, Heights, Vehicles, Animals (Driving or Riding) or Water. Competency in Body Control is compulsory. Completion of courses, previous experience or licences may be required to demonstrate competency in a category.
A current Senior First Aid Certificate is also required.
Stunt performers work on contract for film companies, television stations and video production houses. They may also work in a variety of entertainment centres, including circuses, theme parks, shopping centres and showgrounds.
Most stunt performers start as assistants. Extensive experience is needed to gain the necessary skills. Success is likely to depend on ability and motivation, while demand is determined by the level of investment in the television/film industry and public interest in live performance.
With experience and completion of further grading, stunt performers may become safety supervisors or stunt coordinators.