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Temporary employment register

We are seeking expressions of interest from individuals seeking temporary employment in a range of activities. These applications will be included in AIATSIS’ temporary employment register from which temporary staff may be selected. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are especially encouraged to apply.

Applicants are expected to have a knowledge and understanding of Indigenous cultures and issues affecting Indigenous Australians today, as well as the ability to communicate effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

AIATSIS employs a skilled and diverse workforce to promote the knowledge and understanding of Australian Indigenous cultures, past and present. 

Below are the areas within AIATSIS and the type of positions required.


The Collections team look for applicants with experience in any of the following roles: reference desk, manuscript management, conservation, cataloguing and inter-library loans. Experienced audio, film and video technicians, photographers and staff with multimedia skills in electronic media are also encouraged to consider working with us. Experience in audio-visual archiving is a bonus, as well as specialising in disciplines represented in the collections: anthropology, linguistics, history, archaeology, musicology, object conservation and material culture.


Staff with general administrative skills, including business writing and familiarity with Microsoft Office applications may be engaged to fulfil a range of administrative positions. Examples of some of these positions include Finance Officer, HR Advisor, Executive Assistant, and Registry/Records Management.

Research assistants

Research assistants are employed in a variety of tasks involved in research work. Expertise and familiarity in the fields of native title and Indigenous studies is desirable.


Aboriginal Studies Press (ASP) is the publishing arm of AIATSIS and are always keen to hear from freelance book editors and designers. Editors experienced in manuscript development, editing, and working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander authors are highly desirable. Designers with experience in book design and typesetting are also encouraged to consider working with ASP.

Register your interest

Last updated: 25 May 2022