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Art Consultant - Brisbane - APS5

APS5 / Art Consultant 

Office for the Arts, Creative Industries, Artbank


Title: Art Consultant 

Classification: APS5

Employment Type: Ongoing, Part-Time.

Salary Range:  $83,132 - $88,147 per annum, pro rata, plus 15.4% superannuation

Division:  Office for the Arts

Branch/Section: Creative Industries / Artbank

Location: Brisbane

Security Clearance: Baseline

Job Reference Number: 45396

Contact Officer: Zoë Rodriguez, 02 9697 6000,

Closing date and time: 14 days from advert


Our department values

Our values set the direction for what it means to work in our department. They inform the standard and expectations of behaviours, skills and capabilities and the attributes we currently have, will continually work to achieve and develop, and that we use to acknowledge and attract, retain and recruit into our department.

The department supports workplace diversity and values the contribution of people from diverse backgrounds. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability, people with cultural and linguistic diversity, and LGBTIQ people. The department is committed to achieving gender equality and, in particular, supporting women’s progression into senior leadership.

A little bit about us 

The Arts Division leads the Department’s engagement on arts and culture and provides high quality strategic advice to the Minister on creative sector policy and program issues. The Division also administers programs that support Australia’s creative sector and stimulate participation in Australia’s cultural life; and foster employment and growth across the creative sectors. 

Artbank is a section within the Creative Industries Branch of the Arts Division. Established in 1980, Artbank is an Australian Government arts support program, and a key component of the Government’s support for visual artists. The program aims to increase the sustainability and accessibility of Australian contemporary art; support Australian contemporary artists; and encourage engagement with and appreciation of Australian contemporary art by the broader community. Within this context, Artbank has two core program objectives: to provide direct support to living Australian artists through the acquisition of their work; and to promote the value of Australian contemporary art to the broader community by making this work available through an art rental scheme. Artbank has offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth and is looking to expand its Queensland footprint by engaging a Brisbane-based Art Consultant.

The opportunity we have available

The position of Art Consultant works as part of a national client services team responsible for building Artbank’s art leasing with public and private clients. This position requires visual arts knowledge and commercial acumen. 

Through the provision of high-level art consultancy services, you will act as a public face for the organisation – working with potential and existing clients in support of Artbank’s art leasing program. You will be a great communicator and possess the ability to interpret a client’s need and translate this into a tailored (curated) selection of artworks drawn from the Artbank collection.

The role makes a significant contribution to Artbank’s organisational objectives through leading the development and implementation of business development strategies. The role will require expertise in analysis and presentation of client leasing data for inclusion in program reporting and planning - working collaboratively with Consultants in other states.

This is a part-time position, starting at 2 days per week, and requires experience working with contemporary art – ideally in a commercial/sales focused context. 

This position will be based out of the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts office in Brisbane. The successful candidate will be required to meet with clients in a face to face setting at client premises and at Brisbane office. 

What will you do? 

  • Under general guidance and in accordance with APS values and Code of Conduct, Government and Departmental policies and the relevant Secretary’s Instructions, the Art Consultant duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Develop and maintain a strong understanding of Artbank’s objectives and purpose.
  • Drive increased business for the art leasing program, including through growing and leveraging opportunities in your existing networks and clients, and researching and building relationships with new clients.
  • Directly manage clients, ensuring their ongoing needs are addressed.
  • Work collaboratively and flexibly across all Artbank teams as required to ensure consistent and effective delivery of the Artbank program and art leasing scheme.
  • Contribute to the development of strategic and business planning for Artbank, including in particular the systems and processes that support the business and client service functions.
  • Contribute to curatorial and client event programming as required and other initiatives that support Artbank’s objectives and promote increased access to and understanding of Australian visual art.
  • Meet leasing and KPI targets for new and existing clients. 
  • Ensure compliance of all relevant procedures, policies and guidelines set by Artbank and the department. 

What else can we offer?

  • Exposure to high profile and exciting projects
  • Networking opportunities across the department and wider APS
  • Capability development opportunities focused on your individual career goals
  • Mentoring and access to the department’s Professional Coaching Scheme
  • Flexible working arrangements where appropriate
  • Support for women’s progression into senior leadership

Who are we looking for? 

We are searching for an excellent art consultant, who is keen to apply their skills and knowledge in a unique arts program managed by the commonwealth government. 

We are seeking someone who:

  • Demonstrates a track record in developing new business while retaining/growing existing business ideally in a contemporary art context;
  • Demonstrates highly developed interpersonal skills, being a confident negotiator and effective communicator.
  • Has excellent organisation and administrative skills.
  • Has high knowledge of Australian contemporary art and the ability to successfully communicate this knowledge to the broader public and prospective clients.
  • Has an understanding of working in the government context, knowledge of and ability to apply APS Values, participative management practices, workplace diversity and occupational health and safety within a work and team environment.

Eligibility requirements

Employment with the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts is subject to conditions prescribed within the Public Service Act 1999 including: 

  • Citizenship: Candidates must be an Australian citizen to be eligible for employment with the department.  Only in exceptional circumstances will the department consider waiving this requirement.
  • Health Assessment: The preferred candidate may be required to undergo a medical examination conducted by the department’s preferred medical provider.
  • Security Clearance: The successful candidate must be able to obtain and/or maintain a security clearance at Insert Required Clearance Level.  You must be willing to disclose all relevant and required information.  You must have lived in Australia, or have a checkable background, for at least the preceding five years for Baseline Vetting clearances.  More information on the security clearance vetting process is available on the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA) website.

How to apply

Applications for this opportunity close at 11:59pm Tuesday 16 July 2024

In applying for this position, you are not required to address individual selection criteria.  Rather, you should provide a statement of no more than 2 pages outlining your background, capabilities and experiences, and how these align with the advertised role. You should also provide a CV, no more than 2 pages. The capabilities and behaviours required to be successful for this role are identified in the ‘Who are we looking for’ section.

Your application should be received through the department’s online recruitment system

Applications via Indeed will not be accepted

If you experience any issues with the system please contact the Recruitment Team on 02 6274 6161 or via email to to discuss an alternative way to submit your application.