ANZSCO 212212 - Registered Migration Australia




A book or script editor evaluates manuscripts of books or scripts to determine suitability for publication or production, and edits and supervises material in preparation for publication or for production on film, television, radio or stage. A book or script editor in Australia is a Skill Level 1 occupation.



Book or Script Editor Specialisations


  • Script Coordinator



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Group: 2122 Authors, and Book and Script Editors




Job Description - Registered Migration Australia


A book or script editor writes, edits and evaluates literary works for publication and scripts for film, television, radio and stage productions.



  • creating and developing ideas and themes for written works, such as novels, plays, musicals, screen productions, educational texts, information texts and multimedia products
  • researching subject matter through original and secondary materials, interviews and other media
  • planning, organising and writing material
  • reviewing and evaluating manuscripts of novels, biographies, short stories, poems, educational texts and other books, and ensuring coherence of style and development of theme, plot and characterisation
  • advising publishers about potential of works for publication and conditions of publication contract
  • negotiating publication details such as royalties, publication dates and numbers of copies to be printed
  • reviewing and assessing stories and other material for film, television, radio and stage productions
  • directing the preparation of scripts to be read by announcers to introduce and connect parts of musicals, news, sports and special events programs



Skill Level

Most occupations in the book or script editor unit group (Group 2122) have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. At least five years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualification. Some occupations in this unit group require high levels of creative talent or personal commitment and interest as well as, or in place of, formal qualifications or experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).



Occupations within the Book or Script Editor Group



Note: Whilst a similar occupation may appear in the same book or script editor group, if not specifically listed in the STSOL or MLTSSL, the ANZSCO description should be used for reference purposes only.



English Requirement


  • IELTS result with a minimum score of 6 (L, R, W), 7 in speaking and 7 overall;
  • OET result with a minimum grade B in all sections;
  • TOEFL iBT with a minimum score (L:12 R:13 W:21 S:23 overall L93);
  • PTE Academic with a minimum score of 50 (L, R, W), 65 in speaking and 65 overall


  • Australian Graduate Exceptions apply in some states/territories
  • Priority Skilled Lists may apply a specific requirement in some states/territories
  • Countries exempt from submitting IELTS or OET include the UK; Canada; New Zealand; US; and Ireland


Where mandatory licensing or registration is required you must demonstrate a level of English either sufficient to meet licensing / registration or a minimum IELTS, or equivalent, whichever is higher.



Assessment Authority


  • Book or Script Editor is currently assessed with VETASSESS - (Vocational Education and Training Assessment Services); more information regarding assessment bodies



Average Income of a Book or Script Editor


The average salary for a Book or Script Editor in Australia is $ 68,139 for male employees and $ 62,749 for female employees per year. Average Age: Males: 57.4 Females: 32.3 Persons: 34.4


Source: (Group 2122) Authors and book and script editors - Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2016



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