Local History Collection Project Officer

Closing Date
Contact Officer
Rebecca Taylor, Alliance Manager Arts and Culture
Contact Number
(08) 9461 1465 or E: rebecca.taylor@cityofperth.wa.gov.au
City of Perth Council, WA


Local History Collection Project Officer

City Culture | Community Development

  • $93,915-$99,473 per annum, plus superannuation
  • Full time, 12 month fixed term contract
  • CBD Location

As the capital city of Western Australia, the City of Perth is a Local Government that is ambitious for the future. To achieve our aims, we recruit the very best people who understand the City exists to enable and deliver the aspirations of the community.

The Opportunity

As a Local History Collection Project Officer in the City of Perth, you will be responsible for providing an operational review and update of the City’s Local History Collection. This will involve review and documentation of the Collection, including operational practices and requirements. The role will focus on ensuring information relating to the Collection is complete, systematic and searchable as a first stage with the aim of enabling  future use and engagement with the collection. The role will operate with a degree of autonomy to determine priorities in line with agreed project and work plans.

Reporting to the Alliance Manager, Arts and Culture within our City Culture team, your responsibilities will primarily include:

  • Conduct research to develop and implement an approach for assessing the City of Perth Local History Collection (both physical and digital). Ensure accurate cataloguing, classification, and documentation of collection items, addressing any existing backlogs;
  • Review digital records and files to map Local History Collection items and consolidate stored information;
  • Accession, arrange, and describe all materials in the History Centre into the Archives;
  • Create and maintain database records, including developing methods for searching stored information about collection items; and
  • Review other records related to the Collection (e.g., card catalogues) and assess their relevance and reliability in relation to the Collection's operations.

About You

To succeed in this role, you will possess:

  • Previous experience working with a local history collection or archives, within a library or other institution;
  • Tertiary qualifications recognised by the Australian Library and Information Association and/or equivalent experience in a relevant field;
  • Strong knowledge of records management, cataloguing, archiving standards and procedures, and conservation techniques; and
  • Experience using Microsoft suite, collection management systems, databases and library software systems.

If your experience and capabilities match these criteria, we welcome your application.

Above all, you will live our values of Commitment, Teamwork, Courage and Respect that allow us to come together to lead and support the community.

Please view the attached Application Pack to learn more about the role and working at the City.


To be eligible to work for us, you will need to demonstrate:

  • A right to work in Australia (e.g. a birth certificate, current passport or current visa);
  • A current ‘C’ class Australian drivers licence; and
  • A satisfactory National Police Clearance (dated within 3 months).

How to Apply

Please apply online by clicking the ‘APPLY’ link below, which will direct you to the City’s application questionnaire.

When prompted, please submit: your current resume; a cover letter that concisely addresses the Selection Criteria; and any relevant qualifications or certifications. Remember, less is more!

The Application Process

Applications for this position will close at 5PM AWST on Sunday 14th July 2024. Applications may be considered, and interviews conducted prior to, the closing date.

Applicants may also be considered for similar positions within the City of Perth.

We’re continuing to build a gender-equitable team and a culture that’s just as diverse, inclusive and welcoming as the City of Perth Community. We encourage applications from people of all ages, cultures (including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples), abilities, sexual orientation and gender identities.

Canvassing of Elected Members during the recruitment process will disqualify your application.

For further information please contact Rebecca Taylor, Alliance Manager Arts and Culture, 08 9461 1465 or email rebecca.taylor@cityofperth.wa.gov.au .

Attachments:Application Pack - Local History Collection Project Officer.pdf

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