Careers Centre

Museums and galleries are complex organisations and significant community resources. As custodians of cultural heritage, museums communicate information, ideas and insights to society, developing programs and services which stimulate public education and community interest. To fulfil these responsibilities, museums need staff with strong educational and vocational backgrounds and staff willing to understand the community’s needs from a variety of intellectual and cultural viewpoints. Such responsibilities require staff with a genuine interest and concern for people, staff in touch with contemporary issues, committed to access, participation and cultural equity.

For anyone aspiring to work in a museum there are a number of important questions to consider: what do I know about museums and their staff? What jobs exist? Are the employment prospects good? What does a curator, a director or a conservator do? Do I have a particular goal in mind? What qualifications are needed? These are the questions we hope to answer with the below tools.

Find a Job

Providing job seekers the best listing of positions vacant in the Australian arts, culture and heritage sector. International jobs, particularly New Zealand positions, are also listed regularly.

Current Positions Vacant

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How to post a job ad

University Courses Directory

A directory of museum and gallery relevant courses of study in Australian universities.

Search courses

Salary Scale Guidelines

A guide for employers using benchmarked salaries gathered from Museums Australia Jobs Listings over the past 3 years.

Coming soon (Members only or purchasable from the shop)

Position Information and Career Pathways

Browse information on various positions and roles within museums and galleries and view case studies on how people got to where they are now.

View case studies

Museum Leadership Program

MLP is an intensive residential professional development course for senior museum managers in Australia and New Zealand. The course is run every few years. Places are limited and highly sought after.

MLP is running in 2018

Continuing Professional Development

MA now offers a CPD point system to track your continuing learning. This is a forerunner to individual professional accreditation!

More information coming soon


Volunteering is the best way to gain experience at the start of your career. It is also an excellent way to contribute to your community and enrich your life and well-being through community involvement and lifelong learning at all stages in life.

Find out more about volunteering in museums and galleries or managing your volunteer workforce