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The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) is the Northern Territory’s premier cultural and scientific institution. It offers a dynamic and diverse arts, science and cultural program to more than 300,000 visitors each year.

We are a museum and gallery known for our collections and expertise in Aboriginal cultures, natural sciences, histories and arts across Northern and Central Australia and our neighbours to the north.

We connect people to the stories of the Northern Territory. Our collection drives curiosity, exploration and partnerships. Our physical spaces are destinations loved by locals and a must-see for Territory visitors. Our digital connectivity expands the reach of our collection. Our guests tell their friends about their distinctive Territorian experience.

MAGNT has seven venues: MAGNT Darwin, the Defence of Darwin Experience, Fannie Bay Gaol, Lyons Cottage, the Museum of Central Australia (incorporating the Strehlow Research Centre), Megafauna Central and the Alcoota fossil site. A new Art Gallery opening in Darwin’s CBD in 2024/25 will add an eighth MAGNT site.

Primary Objective:
Reporting to the Assistant Director, Corporate Services, this position will lead, direct and coordinate the delivery of financial management services and oversee the finance team.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Lead the development and implementation of, and provide high level advice on, financial management strategies, practices and systems within relevant legislation, government accounting standards, Treasury circulars and budget parameters.
  2. Provide leadership and vision that supports innovation and efficient and effective work practices, including mentoring and developing staff, particularly in budget development and monitoring.
  3. Meet MAGNT’s reporting requirements, internally and externally, including financial reports to management, Executive and Board and preparation of the annual financial statements.
  4. In collaboration with managers and the Executive, prepare the annual budget and financial forecasts.
  5. Ensure appropriate corporate governance standards are maintained and statutory obligations are fulfilled.
  6. Oversee taxation requirements and develop and implement processes to ensure that taxation obligations in relation to GST, FBT and payroll tax are met.
  7. Review and maintain financial policy controls, systems and processes and implement appropriate changes to improve outcomes.
  8. Process the fortnightly payroll for Board staff (approx. 40 staff), corporate card payments, reconcile bank transactions and prepare and post all necessary journals.
  9. Oversee and supervise the financial and administrative support staff.

Selection Criteria:


  1. Accounting or business management qualifications and experience in financial management, annual financial statement preparation, analytical and advisory functions.
  2. Strong leadership and relationship management skills with the ability to strengthen a culture of financial accountability and transparency.
  3. Strong strategic, conceptual, analytical and collaborative skills.
  4. Extensive knowledge of accrual accounting concepts and principles and financial management practices, preferably in a public sector environment.
  5. Excellent organisational skills with demonstrated ability to exercise initiative, set priorities and work under pressure to meet conflicting deadlines.
  6. High level oral and written communication skills with proven ability to write reports, policy papers, briefing notes and other correspondence in an environment requiring performance of multiple tasks and adherence to deadlines.
  7. Demonstrated ability to show initiative and a focus on continued improvement.
  8. High level of integrity and confidentiality.


  1. Membership of a recognised Australian accounting body
  2. Experience and knowledge of Northern Territory government systems including PIPS, GAS, BOXI, EIMS, TRIPS and TRIM


  • Some weekend and out of hours’ work may be required.
  • This role statement is intended to provide an overall view of the role but in addition to this document, the specifics of the role will be described in business work plans.
  • MAGNT is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in the workplace. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island applicants are encouraged to apply.
  • MAGNT promotes flexible ways of working including part time. Applicants are encouraged to discuss the flexible working arrangements for this role.
  • Applicants must have full Australian work rights.
  • A valid Australian Drivers licence is required.
  • An NT Working with Children (Ochre) card is a requirement of the position.
  • Current Australian National Police Check is required prior to commencing the position.

Further Information:

  • From 24 December 2021 all MAGNT employees subject to the Chief Health Officer Directions No.55 of 2021 are required to provide evidence of two doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccination except in circumstances where there is a medical exemption.
  • Graduate accountants with early career experience are encouraged to apply.
  • This role statement is intended to provide an overall view of the role but in addition to this document, the specifics of the role will be described in business work plans.

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