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Under the direction of the Manager, Indigenous Programs, this position will support the operation of the Museum’s Indigenous initiatives. The Curator, Indigenous Programs will engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups and communities across Australia to deliver Indigenous-specific projects, programs and exhibitions.

The position will focus on establishing and documenting appropriate cultural protocols, rights and permissions, and providing research and interpretation work for exhibitions, activities and publications, including digital and social media outputs. Based within the Knowledge team, this role includes liaison and collaboration with all sections to embed Indigenous knowledges and cultural perspectives across the Museum.

The key duties of the position include:

The Position will:

  • Assist in delivering the Museum’s outreach, collection, documentation, interpretation and exhibition activities involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experiences, knowledges and cultural expressions.
  • Ensure that the Museum’s collections and exhibitions are developed with all appropriate consultation protocols and processes, to faithfully embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge and learning systems.
  • Research and publish accounts of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, experiences and technologies in scholarly, public and specialist forums.
  • Support the Manager, Indigenous Programs in liaising and collaborating with other First Nations peoples internationally, in support of the Museum’s projects and programs.
  • Engage stakeholders and audiences through innovative exhibitions and emerging technologies to share the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to our country’s maritime cultures.
  • Prepare proposals and advise on submissions for Indigenous accessions into the National Maritime Collection, including both physical and digital materials, in line with the Museum’s Collection Development Policy, priority collection focus areas, and Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan (PCOL) protocols.
  • Liaise with sections across the Museum to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural perspectives and knowledges are incorporated into all of the Museum’s internal and external activities.
  • Represent the Museum in public forums, media opportunities, conferences, cultural institutions networks and Indigenous communities.
  • Liaise effectively with all Museum sections to ensure the smooth running of educational programs, community events, conferences, acquisitions and the Museum’s Reconciliation Action Plan.
  • Fulfil the key competencies of the classification of this position as defined and described by the Integrated Leadership System (ILS).
  • Any other lawful and reasonable request made within this position.


This role is an Indigenous Identified position, open only to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander persons.

Indigenous job seekers are encouraged to apply for this vacancy. If the job is ‘Identified’, then part or all of the duties impact on Indigenous Australian communities or their representatives.

For more information or to apply visit: APSJobs.