Job Details


Jul 4, 2024


Australian Capital Territory


$90,000 - $100,000

Closing Date

Jul 21, 2024

APS6 | Curator


Salary: $90,199 – $101,022 p.a. plus 15.4% superannuation 

Job type: Ongoing/non-ongoing/Full-time 

Location: Canberra or Sydney 



About the National Film and Sound Archive 

The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) is Australia’s audiovisual archive, telling the national story by collecting, preserving and sharing audiovisual media, the cultural experience platforms of our time. The collection itself dates back to 1935, making it one of the world’s oldest audiovisual collections. It is also one of the country’s most used cultural collections, with around 125 million views of collection content each year. The NFSA is in a period of significant change. Following increased Government investment, the institution is in a process of digital transformation, establishing the NFSA as Australia’s most dynamic and valued cultural organisation. We are rebuilding our curatorial workforce and developing the NFSA’s capacity to digitise our collection at scale – to preserve it for the future, to make sure it can be discovered, and to share it with all Australians.

We continue to work on developing a stable, secure and future-proof workforce across our four physical sites based in Canberra and Mitchell in the ACT as well as in Sydney and Melbourne.

We are also undergoing a program of business improvement for many of our corporate systems to improve efficiency and reduce manual handling.

We are an ambitious organisation, and we aim to be an employer of choice within the Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAM) sector, providing exciting and challenging work, as well as favourable employment conditions and unique development opportunities for our staff.

About the Team

The Content and Interpretation team is part of the Curatorial and Accessioning Branch at NFSA. The team is responsible for delivering curatorial projects on-site at NFSA’s heritage building in Acton, Canberra and strategic editorial projects that communicate the NFSA’s purpose to collect, preserve and share, to tell the national story in all its diversity.

The Opportunity

We’re looking for a dynamic, experienced and motivated Curator with a deep interest in audiovisual culture who is driven to tell engaging stories to join our team. As Curator, you will lead and support engaging curatorial projects, concepts, and profiling activities ranging from exhibitions, experiences, on-site activations, programs, and digital content creation across a range of platforms.

You will:

  • Oversee a team of curators and creatives with day-to-day activities, ranging from collection acquisitions and handling, collection research and writing, coordination activities and digital content production to deliver projects in a timely manner.
  • Be a creative curator and producer with experience in and a passion for Australia’s contemporary arts and culture across media, music, film and more.
  • Be a collaborator who excels at managing relationships internally and externally.
  • Have video production skills, project management experience, audiovisual archiving skills in the analogue and digital archiving space, and great admin and communication skills.
  • Have a curious nature and have a proven track record in developing creative and engaging concepts to brief across platforms.

Job Description

Under limited direction, this position is responsible for delivering the following functions:

  • Curate, develop, support and multi-task the delivery of NFSA led projects and ideas with creativity to tell the national story
  • Drive and deliver engaging and dynamic content
  • Oversee team activities and coordinate collection activities, including digital creative content for presentations, exhibitions and on-site programs
  • Collaborate and liaise with artists and creatives, internal and external to NFSA to deliver creative vision
  • Provide strong project management and administrative skills across databases, applications, and digital delivery platforms.

Selection Criteria 

  • The successful candidate will demonstrate their capacity against the following:
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Australia’s audiovisual culture and experience in delivering creative projects across exhibitions, programs or activations to tell engaging stories
  • Demonstrated creative drive creative content creation skills
  • Proven experience in managing a multi-skilled team to deliver and multitask complex curatorial projects
  • Demonstrated negotiation and influencing skills with the ability to liaise and communicate concisely and effectively with artists and creatives ranging from external and internal stakeholders
  • Proven experience in managing projects across a range of platforms and an understanding of collection databases.
  • Skills and Experience


    • A relevant tertiary degree and/or equivalent experience in a related cultural or industry environment.

    How to Apply

    When applying via our online e-recruitment system, please provide a written application (1000 words) addressing each Selection Criteria. Your current resume is also to be included in your application.

    In addition to an application and your resume, the assessment process for this position may also include an interview and referee reports.

    We welcome and encourage applications from people with disability, the LGBTIQ+ communities, from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.


    To be eligible for this position you must:

    • Be an Australian Citizen.
    • Satisfactorily complete an Australian Federal Police National Police Check.

    What we offer you

    We provide a diverse, inclusive, and supportive work environment with access to:

    • Great training and development opportunities.
    • Generous leave and flexible working arrangements.
    • Our Employee Assistance Program (EAP – a free counselling service for you and your family).
    • A competitive salary, plus 15.4% superannuation.
    • Rewards and recognition initiatives.

    Cultural Values

    We are an equal opportunity employer, embracing a diverse range of applicants such as veterans, and people who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, LGBTQIA community members, individuals with disabilities and/or health conditions, as well as those from varied faith and cultural backgrounds. At the NFSA we prioritise the development of a safe, inclusive, and high-performance culture through shared actions and behaviours that align with our strategy and direction. This empowers our employees to effectively contribute to our goals.

    The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia is committed to ensuring a child-safe and child-friendly environment. All employees are expected to demonstrate a commitment to, and support for these principles in theory and practice.


    RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy. Under the RecruitAbility scheme you will be invited to participate in further assessment activity for the vacancy if you choose to apply under the scheme; declare you have a disability; and meet the minimum requirements for the job. For more information see: RecruitAbility | Australian Public Service Commission (

    Contact Officer

    Tara Marynowsky | Curator


    Ph: 02 8202 0108