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National Archives of Australia Director General

Information about the NAA

The NAA provides leadership in best practice management of the official records of the Commonwealth and ensures that Australian Government information of enduring significance is secured, preserved and available to government agencies, researchers and the community.

The NAA is established under the Archives Act 1983 (the Act) and is a non-corporate Commonwealth entity (a listed entity) under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act) and an Executive Agency under the Public Service Act 1999.

The NAA:

  • sets the information management standards to be met by Australian Government agencies
  • authorises the appropriate destruction of Australian Government information of no enduring significance
  • manages Australian Government information of enduring significance as part of the national archival collection
  • preserves and secures the national archival collection
  • ensures that public access to the national archival collection is provided in accordance with the Act to the fullest extent, while taking proper account of privacy, security, confidentiality and public interest.


The Director-General is the head of the NAA and the accountable authority. A staff of approximately 345 is employed under the Public Service Act 1999 and is located across offices in all capital cities. For further information about the NAA, go to

Role of the Director-General

The Director-General leads the NAA. The Director-General is responsible for providing leadership in best practice management of the official records of the Commonwealth and ensuring that Australian Government information of enduring significance is secured, preserved and available to government agencies, researchers and the community.

The Director-General is responsible for the strategic leadership and day-to-day management of the NAA with the development of policies, systems and processes that enable the NAA to deliver on the agreed outcomes of the organisation.

The Executive Board is the principal committee advising the Director-General on matters affecting the corporate governance and operational management of the NAA. Decisions by the Executive Board are made with the authority of the Director-General. The Director-General also receives advice from the NAA Advisory Council in relation to the functions of the NAA.


Applicants must have, or be able to hold, an NV2 security clearance. To be eligible for an Australian Government security clearance, you must be an Australian citizen and have a checkable background.

Selection Criteria

Applicants will need to be an outstanding leader and manager with a high degree of strategic focus to lead a busy organisation. Applicants will have personal drive and integrity with a demonstrated ability to achieve results. This will be complemented by excellent representational skills, sound judgement and a personal style that engenders trust and respect. Applicants will need experience in archival, information and data management, and digital projects and delivery. Applicants should be committed to driving a digital transformation agenda within the agency.

In accordance with the guidelines on merit-based selection of APS agency heads and statutory office holders, applicants will need to demonstrate their capability against the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates high level leadership and vision
    • sets a strategic vision and inspires others to achieve this
    • innovative in dealing with issues
    • articulates a clear direction for their organisation
  • Manages large and/or complex operations
    • achieves results within the context of organisational and/or Government policy
    • strong people management skills
    • strong financial management, ensuring efficient, effective and ethical use of resources
    • understanding of and commitment to quality organisational governance
  • Works with others to meet objectives
    • operates collaboratively with others to meet organisational objectives
    • cultivates productive relationships
    • listens to people and values different perspectives
  • High level of judgement
  • Demonstrates a high standard of professional and personal integrity and capacity to promote these in an organisation.

This is a full-time position. The successful candidate will be offered an initial appointment term of up to five years.

Remuneration and allowances for this position are set by the Remuneration Tribunal and can be viewed on the Remuneration Tribunal website (Remuneration and Allowances for Holders of Full-time Public Office Determination 2021).

How to apply

Applications must include:

  • an expression of interest, of no more than 4 pages, including a statement of claims against the eligibility and selection criteria as outlined
  • a comprehensive resume including full particulars of qualifications, experience and expertise
  • the names and contact details of at least two referees who have direct and relevant experience of the applicant’s work. Applicants will be notified prior to referees being contacted.

Applications should be emailed to by 5.00pm (EST) on Friday, 17 September 2021.


Enquiries about the position or application can be emailed to

Assessment process

Applicants will be initially assessed by a panel on their written application. Shortlisted applicants will be further assessed by the panel at interview. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to complete a private interests declaration.


All advice and communication will be sent to applicants via email. Please ensure the email address provided is correct.