Job Description


The Federal Government has requested that the Australian War Memorial produce the official history of Australia’s military operations in Iraq (2003-2011) and Afghanistan (2001-2014) and peacekeeping operations in East Timor (1999-2012). This history is envisaged as a comprehensive and authoritative series of seven volumes based on the appointed Official Historian’s unrestricted access to all relevant official records.

The Memorial is calling for expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced professional historians to be appointed by Government as the Official Historian to undertake this important sixth series of the Australian official war histories.

The Official Historian will be contracted for a six-year period to lead the project, act as an editor of the series and author one or more of the volumes to be produced. Given the significant requirement for inter-agency liaison, access to official records and leadership of the team, the Official Historian will be based at the Memorial, in Canberra for the term of the project. Applications will be open to Australian citizens and the appointment will require security clearance to an appropriate level. It is expected that the person appointed as Official Historian will commence the project in 2015.


Both salary and conditions for the Official Historian will be commensurate with the significance of the role and will be negotiated to a maximum of $170,000 per annum depending on the qualifications and experience of the appointee. It will be necessary for the Official Historian to reside in Canberra or its environs, within appropriate car travel distance to the Memorial.

Non-ongoing opportunity will be offered for a specified task

The Official Historian will be contracted for a six-year period to lead the project.

For more information or to apply visit the AWM website.