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Senior Curator, Indigenous Cultures (Identified)

QM SouthBank

We seek to appoint a highly motivated, productive museum professional with a demonstrated record of curatorial practice, research, community engagement, project management, and communication and leadership skills. The position plays a key role in contributing to the important cultural role that Queensland Museum Network plays in advancing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories. Applicants must be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent.

Job details

Position status Permanent
Position type Full-time
Occupational group Arts/Culture/Heritage
Classification PO4
Workplace Location Brisbane Inner City
Job ad reference QLD/QM363577
Closing date 26-Mar-2021
Job duration
Contact person Christopher Salter
Contact details 07 3153 7862
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The position leads a team to research, manage and promote the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collections, Pacific collections along with First Nations collections from other areas of the world, within the Cultures & Histories team of the Queensland Museum.

The role is responsible for initiating, coordinating, and developing research projects, innovative exhibitions and public programs for the Cultures & Histories program in accordance with the strategic and operational priorities of the Queensland Museum Network.
The post will include ongoing community engagement with Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community stakeholders and includes working with Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement and Repatriation programs.


  • Lead and manage curatorial and collection staff, encouraging innovation and excellence to develop research, exhibitions, publications and public programs.
  • Maintain and develop the Indigenous Cultures collections including collaborative collection-related research, community engagement and coordination of philanthropic support / donations, in order to meet program and organisational objectives and in accordance with professional standards, current research trends, strategic priorities and cultural protocols.
  • Oversee and supervise researchers, students and volunteers in the identification, assessment and accessioning of artefacts to specialist levels.
  • Assist communities and researchers to access cultural materials held in the State Collection.
  • Develop research projects, external funding applications, scholarly publications and popular literature related to the Indigenous Cultures collections, with particular reference to organisational priorities.
  • Lead and participate in multidisciplinary teams to provide advice and deliver high quality research, public displays and innovative public programming content related to the Indigenous collections, cultures and histories. Develop work plans and manage projects, including budgets and staff, for agreed projects.
  • Develop a high profile for the collections and unit by presenting in diverse public forums on relevant themes; sensitively and effectively liaising with external stakeholders at a local, state, national and international level; and providing advice and information about the Indigenous Cultures collections to the general public, Queensland Museum and Government as required.
  • Participate in public relations, media and institutional fundraising and awareness campaigns to promote the Queensland Museum and the Program's results and activities.
  • Contribute to the review and development of collections policies and procedures in line with institutional priorities and the changing state, federal and international R&D priorities.
  • Lead model behaviour that fosters an environment that emphasises cultural safety for all team members, and work practices founded on mutual respect, transparency and positive collaboration
  • Develop a culture of safety in the team by modelling and safe practices and behaviour, implementing all required procedures, reducing safety risks, as far as reasonably practicable. Undertake all relevant responsibilities identified in the QMN WHS Accountabilities and Responsibilities Matrix


Possession of a tertiary (preferably postgraduate) qualification in a field relevant to the position (e.g. Museum Studies, Cultural Studies, Anthropology) or equivalent.

The CEO has approved that only those identifying as an Aboriginal person or Torres Strait Islander person will be considered for this post (as evidenced through the completion of relevant documentation outlined in the ‘How to Apply' section below).


To allow confirmation that you are eligible to be considered for this Indigenous Identified role, you are required to either submit a written assertion of your Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent OR provide documentary evidence attesting to the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent. Full details and a Statutory Declaration are available in the Commission Chief Executive Guideline 2/13: Evidence of Attribute—Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Identified Roles


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