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Jobs at the NPG

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.

The National Portrait Gallery is proud to have been recognised an Aon Best Employer in 2019 as part of Aon Best Employers global certification.

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

Employee Census

The Australian Public Service 2019 Employee Census was conducted from 6 May - 7 June, and measures many aspects of the National Portrait Gallery workplace. The highlights report is available to read in pdf format.

How to apply

There are currently no positions advertised.

© National Portrait Gallery 2020
King Edward Terrace, Parkes
Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia

Phone +61 2 6102 7000
Fax +61 2 6102 7001
ABN: 54 74 277 1196
The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Ngunnawal people, the traditional custodians of the land upon which the NPG stands.