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Senior Preservation Officer

Job No: 496782
Work Type: Full time
Location: Sydney

About the role

The Collection Management Branch is responsible for transferring, storing, preserving and digitising the National Archives' collection so it remains accessible for future generations. The Branch develops policies and systems as well as provides services, undertakes research, and implements projects to ensure the care, management and accessibility of archival records. The Branch is also responsible for identifying information management requirements for Australian Government agencies to ensure Australian Government information assets (records, information and data) are created, collected and managed effectively.

The Preservation section is responsible for the preservation and long-term accessibility of the most significant records of the Commonwealth in both physical and digital form. We carry out daily activities for the preservation of archival records in all formats and make long-term decisions to ensure that the collection will be available years from now regardless of technology.

Under limited direction the main duties of the role are to:

  • Coordinate and participate in projects to support the preservation of archival records, including the preservation and management of physical records to meet long-term preservation objectives, with particular emphasis on paper and photographic formats.
  • Monitor, prioritise, coordinate and undertake preservation services, liaise with internal stakeholders.
  • Undertake basic and complex preservation treatments on archival collection materials.
  • Contribute to the planning, management, and reporting activities as they relate to the preservation of the national archival collection.
  • Supervise and train team members and other staff as required.
  • Contribute to the development of user guides, procedures, specifications and guidelines relevant to the preservation of the national archival collection ensuring that the best practices are in place.
  • Provide technical advice on preservation issues to internal and external stakeholders and deliver records handling training.
  • Maintain a well-developed understanding of National and International Preservation practices, standards and policies.
  • Apply the principles of APS Values, Code of Conduct, workplace diversity principles, work health and safety and participative management within a work and team environment.
  • Promote and apply the National Archives’ Vision, Mission and Commitments as expressed in Strategy 2030 and Our Values.

Qualifications in conservation, preservation or archival collection management are desirable.


To be eligible for the role you must be an Australian citizen. If you are selected, you will be required to successfully undergo a pre-employment check and be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance at a Negative Vetting Level 1 clearance level.

How to apply

You need to apply through our e-recruitment system.

Your application will need to include:

  • the names and contact details of at least two referees, one of whom should be a current supervisor.
  • your current resume.
  • statement (1000 words maximum), describing how your skills, knowledge, and experience/qualifications would enable you to perform the duties of the role taking into account the “Performance Expectations” at the relevant classification and the National Archives’ Vision, Mission and Commitments as expressed in the Strategy 2030 and Our Values.


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