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Digital Preservation Project Manager - APS 6

Job No: 496801
Work Type: Full time
Location: Various

National Archives is looking for a Digital Preservation Project Manager within the Collection Management Branch. You will contribute to the successful delivery of the National Archives' digital preservation program.

The successful candidate will be joining a small, but enthusiastic team who are committed to building digital preservation capability at the National Archives to manage, preserve and make accessible the nation's digital cultural heritage. 

The Digital Preservation team sits within the Preservation section, which 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 and make long term decisions to ensure that the collection will be available years from now regardless of technology.

Under limited direction, your role will include:

  • Develop, implement and evaluate policies, procedures, programs and projects related to digital preservation in accordance with the National Archives’ strategic objectives.
  • Develop an in-depth knowledge of the current and future needs of National Archives’ digital collection, including researching analysing and recommending digital preservation practices.
  • Provide high level advice, support, information and assistance to employees and management in relation to: digital formats, international best practice for the control and description of digitised and digital-born archival records; digital preservation standards; and the preparation, processing and management of digital materials created by or transferred to the National Archives.
  • Manage a team and its resources within the context of the National Archives’ strategic directions, outcome and outputs framework, legislative framework and other policies; and build team capacity through coaching, training, performance feedback; and encouraging career development.
  • Develop and maintain effective, professional relationships within National Archives, and with national and international digital preservation networks and with other archival institutions and professional associations. Champion digital preservation internally and externally.
  • Apply the principles of APS Values, Code of Conduct, workplace diversity, 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.

Appropriate qualifications or experience in digital preservation, digital archiving or digital asset management (particularly related to digital collections in archives, libraries, or special collections) 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 1 clearance level.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted via our online e-recruitment system. Applicants must in 1000 words or less outline the skills and relevant experience you would bring to this role. Please refer to the position description for this role.

Applicants rated as suitable will be placed in a merit pool that may be used to fill similar ongoing or non-ongoing positions throughout the Agency for up to 18 months.

RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy. Under the RecruitAbility scheme you will be invited to participate in further assessment activity for the vacancy if you choose to apply under the scheme; declare you have a disability; and meet the minimum requirements for the job. For more information see: RecruitAbility | Australian Public Service Commission (

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