How to become a Model

Models wear and display clothes, accessories and other consumer goods, and promote services in ways designed to generate sales. They may demonstrate new products and services at exhibitions or pose in front of the public or cameras. Models may specialise in particular types of modelling, such as editorial (publications), commercial (film, TV and photographs for commercial products) and fashion shows

Personal requirements of a Model

  • Enjoy artistic and creative activities
  • Dedicated and patient
  • Minimum height in certain types of modelling
  • Well-proportioned facial features, clear skin and healthy hair
  • Neat personal appearance
  • An outgoing personality
  • Good communication skills are essential in promotional work

Education & Training for a Model

You can work as a model without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications but they are not required as a condition of entry into this career.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

relatively steady

Employment by state:

ACT 3.4%

NSW 29.2%

NT 0.7%

QLD 9.8%

SA 10.3%

TAS 2.4%

VIC 29.3%

WA 14.9%

Hours worked:



above average

Gender split:

Male 25.6%

Female 74.3%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 29.6%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 46.3%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 24.1%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 0%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 0%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 37.9%

Above 35 years: 60.2%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

Additional Information
Prospective models should first approach a reputable model agency who will assess their suitability for this industry. If successful, the agency will arrange for a photographic folio and composite card (showing personal statistics and fashion images) to be made for them to help obtain work. The agency will then promote them to local clients with eventual possibilities for placement in global markets. It is advisable to make sure that the agency has a good reputation and is well established in the industry. The modelling agency may charge for the required training but reputable agencies do not charge money to register. There are additional costs related to photographic portfolios and composite cards.
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