Curator (Art and Object)

Closing Date
Mon, 23rd May 2022
Position Type
Full Time
$77,912 - $88,620

Who we are

We are Australia’s only national institution focused exclusively on the diverse history, cultures, and heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia. We house the world’s most important and extensive collection of cultural information and material and we provide leadership, publish and promote greater understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We create opportunities for people the world over to engage with and be transformed by the knowledge, the culture and the story of Australia’s Indigenous peoples. We are Australia’s national institution for leadership in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research.


What we do

We care for a priceless collection, including films, photographs, video and audio recordings as well as the world’s largest collection of printed and other resource materials for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies. We undertake and encourage scholarly, ethical, community-based research in a variety of sectors, including health, native title, languages and education. Our publishing house, Aboriginal Studies Press, regularly publishes outstanding writing that promotes Australian Indigenous cultures. Our activities affirm and raise awareness of the richness and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories.


The key responsibilities of the Curator (Art and Object) role include:

  • advancing and implementing the Collection Development Strategy through the assessment, selection and accessioning of material for the Art and Object collection
  • providing specialist advice and answering enquiries about the Art and Object Collection
  • training and supervision
  • engaging and collaborating with external stakeholders, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, donors to the Collection, and professionals from other collecting institutions
  • contributing to the development of online and physical exhibitions and displays.

    The successful candidate may be responsible for undertaking work related to the care and management of items with cultural sensitivities. The completion of these tasks is supported by cultural and institutional safety procedures and protocols, as well as those personally identified by the successful candidate.


Our ideal candidate

The ideal candidate will demonstrate:

  • an understanding of how a major specialist collection can meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and researchers. This includes familiarity with contemporary best practice in the development and care of Indigenous collections, Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property Rights, and the ethics of using collection material to share Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories
  • experience in delivering curatorial projects and developing and managing collections, including assessing the suitability of material for the AIATSIS collection
  • effective and respectful verbal and written communication skills
  • an ability to develop positive relationships with key stakeholders, collaborate across teams and convey information about the collection
  • high level organisational skills, with the ability to effectively manage numerous tasks and identify broader factors, trends and influences that may impact on own and team’s work
  • relevant tertiary qualifications in Indigenous studies, cultural heritage, library and information management or a related field. Equivalent relevant skills and practices will be recognised.

Cultural Capability

The ideal candidate will:

  • understand Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business within the agency and the outcomes the agency is responsible for delivering
  • understand current issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and how these are framed by history
  • work within cultural and community protocols to deliver results

For enquiries about this job please contact Karen Holloway on (02) 6261 4210 or

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