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Oral History Practitioner

  • Conduct an oral history project for the Reserve Bank of Australia, the nation’s central bank
  • Tell stories of Australia’s economic and social history, and that of the RBA
  • Create original oral history assets for inclusion in the RBA’s Archives and its Museum

More knowledge, less speculation

6-month contract

You will expand and enhance the Bank’s information resources through oral history and assist in the public’s access to these resources through its Archives and Museum. You will work with significant autonomy, but also have access to the RBA’s official historian.

Your background

  • Apply specialist knowledge to an oral history project related to the economic and social history of Australia, with special reference to the role and functions of the Reserve Bank of Australia.
  • Plan, organise and conduct archival-quality interviews with key decision-makers who have influenced Australia’s economic history, in consultation with the Bank’s official historian.
  • Plan, organise and conduct archival-quality interviews that capture the general experience of Australia’s major economic events and standard of living.
  • Source and research the interviewees, locating documents and images that may assist the interview, and completing pre-interviews with the individuals or groups.
  • Conduct the interviews to suitable ethical standards,and resulting in a recording of archival quality and compatibility with the Bank’s digital archives.
  • Ensure that requirements related to copyright and release for access are met.
  • Support and oversee the integration of oral history assets into the Bank’s Museum.

Your team

You will be working in the Information Department which is responsible for the Bank's records management system, information governance, the Archives and the facilitation of public access to the Bank’s records. It also manages the Reserve Bank of Australia Museum and a program of public education.

Any questions?

If you have any further questions, please feel free to email Madeleine McCowage at

Be More

The RBA makes an important contribution to the Australian economy through the pursuit of national economic policy objectives and associated activities in financial markets and banking. We also issue Australia's banknotes and operates infrastructure critical to the payments system, all of which contribute to the welfare of the Australian people.

Made up of specialists across a wide range of fields, our people have a meaningful role to play in achieving these objectives. Our people conduct themselves with a high degree of integrity, while striving for excellence in the work they perform and the outcomes they achieve. We encourage intelligent inquiry, and we treat one another with respect while promoting the public interest through our efforts.

We know it is the growth and success of our people that drives the Bank forward. Come and make a bigger contribution while you build and develop your own skills too, because being more means you can do more, for yourself and for Australia.

The Reserve Bank of Australia is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to crafting a diverse and inclusive environment and encourage applications from expert candidates seeking workplace flexibility.

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