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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

Employment opportunities

We’re chuffed that you’re thinking of joining us. Below you’ll find a myriad of information about us and how to apply for jobs.

We have around 60 staff who specialise in a wide variety of roles including Access and Learning, Curatorial, Collection and Exhibitions, External Relations, Foundation and Corporate Services.

Current Vacancies

Director of the gallery

Applications close 6pm Sunday 2 October 2022

The Board of the National Portrait Gallery is seeking to appoint an inspirational leader to build on the continuing success of the Gallery.

EL1 Marketing and Partnership Manager

Applications close midnight Monday 3 October 2022

We are seeking an experienced Marketing and Partnerships Manager to lead a small team responsible for the day-to-day marketing, communications, partnerships, brand management and internal events. The successful applicant will work closely with the Director, External Relations, and the NPG Executive team to build brand awareness, revenue and visitation to the Gallery as we once again open our doors to visitors from around the country.

EL1 Exhibitions Manager

Applications close midnight Friday 7 October 2022

Reporting to the Director, Collection and Exhibitions, the Exhibitions Manager oversees the management and delivery of the Gallery’s permanent, temporary and travelling exhibition programs. The position manages a team of four staff: a Senior Exhibitions Coordinator (APS6), Exhibition Designer (APS6), Exhibition Project Coordinator (APS5) and Technical Assistant (APS3) and works closely with staff in Collections Management and Curatorial.

APS 6 Senior Exhibitions Project Coordinator

Applications close midnight Monday 3 October 2022

The Senior Exhibitions Project Coordinator leads the administrative coordination of exhibitions and the collection display for the National Portrait Gallery, for both onsite exhibitions, and the travelling exhibitions program. Reporting to the Exhibitions Manager, the position is part of the Gallery’s Collection and Exhibitions Section.

APS5 Membership Engagement Coordinator

Applications close midnight Sunday 9 October 2022

Working within the Foundation section, the Membership and Engagement Coordinator works directly to the Foundation Manager.  The Membership and Engagement Coordinator is responsible for the delivery of membership operations that facilitate the effective recruitment and retention of members and to deliver a range of events and benefits which strengthen members experiences with the Gallery.

APS2 Casual Visitor Services Officers (Temporary Register)

Applications close midnight 30 June 2023

The Visitor Services Officer is part of the Access and Learning Team greeting visitors as part of the front of house team. This role requires experience in dealing with the general public, welcoming at the door and guiding them to the Gallery amenities, scanning pre-sold exhibition tickets, and assisting visitors to various exhibitions in the Gallery.


How to apply

The vacancy’s position description has all the information you’ll need. It includes 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.

We recognise the great contribution from our staff in realising our mission and values; and encourage applications from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, the LGBTQIA+ communities, people with disability and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

We’re committed to ensuring a child safe and child friendly environment, and to sustaining a safe workplace and inclusive culture. Our staff actively contribute to the wellbeing and safety of our visitors and each other.

You can find our employment conditions in the National Portrait Gallery Enterprise Agreement 2017-20 and National Portrait Gallery of Australia Non-SES Employees Determination 2020/1, which encourages high performance and ongoing learning, while promoting a balance between work and personal commitments.

For questions about our employment conditions or the application process, please email

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Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders past and present. We respectfully advise that this site includes works by, images of, names of, voices of and references to deceased people.

This website comprises and contains copyrighted materials and works. Copyright in all materials and/or works comprising or contained within this website remains with the National Portrait Gallery and other copyright owners as specified.

The National Portrait Gallery respects the artistic and intellectual property rights of others. The use of images of works of art reproduced on this website and all other content may be restricted under the Australian Copyright Act 1968 (Cth). Requests for a reproduction of a work of art or other content can be made through a Reproduction request. For further information please contact NPG Copyright.

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