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Information on how to apply for positions at the National Portrait Gallery

The purpose of the National Portrait Gallery is to increase the understanding and appreciation of the Australian people – their identity, history, culture, creativity and diversity – through portraiture. We pride ourselves on our core values:

We aim to inspire

In everything we do we strive to be an inspiration to the individual, the community and the nation.

We are inclusive and accessible

We are approachable, friendly and welcoming of our visitors and each other. We strive to ensure that the Gallery, the collection and our programs are accessible to all.

We operate with integrity

We are accountable, responsible for our actions and act with honesty and empathy, remaining true to our purpose. We respect the focus of our collection, the sitters and their stories, the artists, our visitors and each other.

We strive for excellence

We continue to strive and challenge ourselves through our initiatives. We are innovative and seek to lead in everything we do.

The National Portrait Gallery has approximately 60 staff who specialise in a wide variety of roles including Access and Learning, Curatorial, Collection Management and Display, External Relations, Foundation and Corporate Services.

The Gallery recognises the contribution its staff makes to allow the realisation of our mission and values. We welcome staff with different experiences, cultural heritage and educational backgrounds. Employment conditions are governed by the National Portrait Gallery Enterprise Agreement 2017-20, which encourages high performance and ongoing learning whilst promoting a balance between work and personal commitment.

The Gallery is a health and safety conscious organisation that expects each employee to actively contribute to sustaining a safe workplace and inclusive culture.

For questions regarding employment conditions or application processes at the National Portrait Gallery, please email

How to apply

For information on how to apply for any of the advertised positions below, please read the Information for Applicants document. This document provides important information to applicants such as eligibility requirements, basis for selection, what your application should include, referee reports, presentation, where to send your application and who to contact if you have any questions.

Please ensure your application includes the completed Application Coversheet available for download below.