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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.

Research and Education

AIATSIS is involved in many areas of research that directly affect the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Areas of research includes Native Title, Traditional Ownership, Languages, Culture and Heritage and Ethics. Expertise and familiarity in the fields of native title and Indigenous studies is desirable. The Education team works to influence what children learn at school about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia and support educators to teach confidently. We are looking for experienced classroom teachers to join our team.


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.

Corporate functions

There are a broad range of roles in areas that provide operational support to the Institute. We are interested in hearing from applicants with generalist administration skills or qualifications/experience in Finance, Human Resources (HR), Digital Services (IT), Facilities and Security, Secretariat support, Executive Support, or Communications and Events.

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Last updated: 28 November 2023