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 collection management system. A Tertiary qualification in the field of Art History is required for this position.

Core Responsibilities

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 and upgrade data and arrange for conservation and photography of items;
  • Ensure all relevant documentation is entered in collection management system;
  • Respond to copyright issues in relation to the art collection;
  • Perform project, publication and research assignments.


  • Contribute to the development and implementation of related policies, strategies, systems and standards.
  • Contribute to the planning and production of exhibitions, gallery displays, changeovers and digital and online interpretative projects.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Assist the broader Art Section as required.

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.

TO APPLY,  please visit: https://www.awm.gov.au/get-involved/employment

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