Indigenous employment

Our Staff

The Australian War Memorial commemorates the service and sacrifice of Australian men and women who have died while serving in the wars, warlike operations, and peacekeeping missions in which Australia has participated. It is a cultural institution of international standing and is one of Australia's leading tourist attractions.

The staff and volunteers of the Australian War Memorial come from a wide range of professional, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds. They undertake a diverse range of activities. Every effort is made to create an environment that enables staff to develop their talents, contribute to the best of their ability, use their creativity and initiative, and be acknowledged and respected for what they achieve.

The Memorial has approximately 300 staff members and 200 volunteers.

The Australian War Memorial employs Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in a number of branches and sections across the organisation. Here are some profiles of some of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff:

  1. Michael Bell

    Australian War Memorial Indigenous Liaison Officer - Military History Section

  2. Garth O’Connell

    Curator - Australian War Memorial Military Heraldry and Technology Section

Our Career Paths

We are a small and specialist organisation in the Australian Public Service.  As such, we do not have the capacity or resources to participate in some of the APS wide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment programs such as Apprentice and Graduate programs.

We can offer a more direct entry path to a successful career.  There are opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment across all three of our branches:

  • Public Programs
  • National Collection
  • Corporate Services

View our employment page for current vacancies.

Our Conditions

The Memorial's employees contribute greatly towards its outstanding achievements, and in return enjoy a satisfying and rewarding work environment, with competitive salary rates, excellent training and development opportunities, and a range of flexible employment conditions that help staff to balance their work and family responsibilities. Further details on conditions of employment are set out in the Memorial's Teamwork Agreement.

The Memorial has adopted the Commonwealth Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy to promote recruitment and retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as staff and volunteers including:

  • APS Special Measures for flexible arrangements recognising cultural, community, and family obligations.
  • Culturally sensitive recruitment processes, including an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representative on relevant panels.
  • Promoting opportunities for engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in collection development and telling stories of military service, including commissions, research projects, and program delivery.


We offer generous leave arrangements which include 4 weeks annual leave per year, flex leave and miscellaneous leave.  In conjunction with local arrangements these leave provisions allow Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees the flexibility to be available for personal cultural requirements.


We offer all our staff training and development opportunities, including Leadership training for staff at the appropriate levels and access to the World’s largest online training database:  Attendance at relevant conferences and seminars is also supported and we have a studybank scheme that can offer support for students including leave to attend classes and financial reimbursement.


APS wide and APSC employment sites and other indigenous jobs sites.