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National Gallery of Australia
Position Level: 
APS Level 5
$71,547 - $76,761
Parkes ACT
Job type: 
Closing date: 
1 March 2020
To event remaining 10 days

About the role

The National Gallery of Australia (the National Gallery) is one of Australia’s leading visual arts institutions. The National Gallery is based in Canberra and is a vital part of the Australian cultural landscape. Our Purpose is to collect, preserve, promote and share the national collection of art. The Vision of the National Gallery is to inspire creativity, inclusivity, engagement and learning through artists and art. Our Mission is to lead a progressive national cultural agenda by championing art and its value in our lives. The National Gallery’s values include art for everyone, striving for excellence, creative engagement, courage and respect.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art collection at the National Gallery of Australia comprises over 7500 works and is the largest in the world. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Provenance Researcher (ATSIAPR), Funded by the Oranges and Sardines Foundation, will undertake detailed research into the history of ownership of relevant works of art in the national collection.

This is a new and exciting role, where you can contribute to establishing best practice guidelines for the legal and ethical management of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander works of art in the Gallery’s collection. This will involve extensive community engagement and consideration of Australian and international industry standards and laws on cultural rights and property.

How to apply

If you are interested in this role you must submit a current resume/CV, the NGA Personal Particulars form and a brief statement of claims addressing the selection criteria (1–2 page pitch), which details your skills, experience and qualifications which are relevant to this position. Please note that the selection criteria do not need to be addressed individually. The job description and selection documentation are available on the NGA website.

Further information about the position may be obtained by contacting Bronwyn Campbell on (02) 6240 6434 or bronwyn.campbell@nga.gov.au. The Recruitment Officer may also be contacted on (02) 6240 6447.

Closing date
Applications close at midnight on Sunday, 1 March 2020 and should be emailed to recruitment@nga.gov.au

Key duties

You will have the opportunity to review the collection over three years, researching and documenting works in the collection or proposed for acquisition or loan, clarifying their chains of ownership, ensuring proper and fit title, and assessing their ethical suitability for the national collection. You will also contribute to instituting procedures for Indigenous community engagement and industry-wide recognition of the Gallery’s proactive stance on ethical collection management practices.

This is a full-time, non-ongoing employment opportunity available within the Curatorial and Exhibitions Portfolio. 


Relevant qualifications in art history with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art specialisation or equivalent relevant experience is essential.  

The position will be filled using the Affirmative Measure provision, which allows for the targeted recruitment of Indigenous Australians into the Australian Public Service. The vacancy is only open to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. The filling of this employment opportunity is intended to constitute an affirmative measure under section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975.

The filling of this vacancy is intended to constitute an affirmative measure under section 8(1) of the 'Racial Discrimination Act 1975'. This vacancy is only available to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait people.

For more information: 
Bronwyn Campbell
(02) 6240 6434
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