Assistant Curator - Art

Australian War Memorial
Closing Date
Mon, 02nd August 2021
Position Type
Full Time
$65,349 - $77,397

The Australian War Memorial combines a shrine, a world-class museum, and an extensive archive. The Memorial's purpose is to commemorate the sacrifice of those Australians who have died in war or on operational service and those who have served our nation in times of conflict. Its mission is leading remembrance and understanding of Australia's wartime experience.

Under general direction, the Assistant Curator participates in the care, custody and day to day administration of the Art Collection.  The work involves: responding to enquiries and liaising with clients, artists, institutions and organisations; contributing to collection development; and performing a range of tasks associated with control, maintenance and care of the collection using the Memorial’s computer based collection management system. A Tertiary qualification in the field of Art History is required for this position.


This position’s responsibilities are split 50% in support of the Art Section and 50% the Memorial’s digitisation project.

  • Under general direction and professional supervision participate in the control, maintenance, care and development of the art collection, including:
    • Prepare recommendations related to acquisitions;
    • Undertake accessioning and cataloguing of works of art;
    • Arrange for movement of works of art through the collection management system, upgrade data and arrange for conservation and photography of items;
    • Ensure all relevant documentation is entered in the collection management system;
    • Respond to copyright issues in relation to the art collection;
    • Perform project, publication and research assignments.
  • Work on documentation of the Memorial’s poster collection for digitisation. Assist with the scanning of the Art collection as required.
  • Manual handling and movement of a wide range of objects including but not limited to works on paper, framed works of art and items from the National Collection.
  • Liaise with other areas of the Memorial, researchers, artists, dealers, museums, institutions and organisations and respond to public enquiries related to the art collection and provide advice on its historical and cultural significance.
  • Contribute to the activities of the section including taking responsibility for project and administrative tasks, including art commissions.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of related policies, strategies, systems and standards.
  • Abide by and further the principles and practices of Work Health and Safety as outlined in the WHS Act, taking reasonable care for their own health and safety and ensuring that their acts or omissions do not adversely affect the health and safety of other persons.

The Memorial is committed to workplace diversity and maintains an environment that values the contribution of people from different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. The Memorial welcomes applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, veterans, mature age people, people from diverse backgrounds and people with a disability. To be eligible for ongoing or non-ongoing employment, Australian Citizenship is required.

The position will be filled for an initial term up to 30 June 2022.

For further information on the position, please call the Contact Officer: Alex Torrens, 6243 4559

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Applications should be submitted in WORD (.doc or .docx) or .PDF by 11:59 pm (AEST) on 2 August 2021.

If you experience any problems with the application system please contact the Recruitment Team on 02 6243 4234 or email



For further information on the position, please call the Contact Officer: Alex Torrens, 6243 4559

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