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Ainslie and Gorman offers a challenging and exciting environment for arts professionals with the ambition to make a difference.



Employment Opportunity:

We are seeking a Maintenance Officer who will be responsible for scheduled and responsive maintenance, contractor and tradesperson liaison, upkeep and maintenance, cleaning and gardening as required, and venue support duties at the Centres.

The Maintenance Officer is an essential support role that ensures the smooth running of the Centres for residents and visitors and also maintains a positive working relationship with the tenants and members of the Ainslie and Gorman community.

Focus of duties 

Maintenance and upkeep

  • Attends to minor maintenance works as may be necessary from time to time, and as directed by the Facilities Manager.
  • Reports any observed maintenance and upkeep issues and/or WHS risks to the Facilities Manager and contributes to the development of procedures and improvements at both Centres.
  • Develops a sound knowledge of the security system at both centres.
  • Participates in emergency evacuation procedures.
  • Ensures first aid cabinets and boxes are regularly serviced and stocked
  • Complies with all relevant OH&S regulations and policies.

Venue Support

  • Sets up rooms as required to accommodate venue hire, in accordance with a weekly booking sheet.
  • Monitors on a daily basis, furniture and other equipment used by venue hirers to ensure that rooms are properly cared for and returned to their proper place by hirers.
  • Reports any observed damage or irregular use of the venue immediately to the Facilities Manager.

Facility Upkeep

  • Monitors and regularly inspects all venues, grounds and gardens to ensure a very high standard of presentation. Undertake upkeep tasks as required, in liaison with external grounds and gardens contractors, and as directed by the Operations Manager.
  • Monitors, in liaison with cleaning contractor, toilet paper, hand towels and soap supplies are maintained and available in the toilets, and dishwashing detergent and cleaning agents are supplied in kitchens.
  • Removes rubbish and empties bins in common areas and specified rooms as required.
  • Ensures all rubbish bins and garbage and recycling hoppers are emptied regularly and that the areas around hoppers are clean and tidy.
  • Cleans areas following events or venue hire, as may be necessary from time to time.
  • Waters gardens and monitors irrigation systems as required, adjusting timing of the system to ensure most efficient use of water.

The Maintenance Officer undertakes all other duties as may be reasonably assigned by the Facilities Manager.


The Maintenance Officer works under the direction of the Facilities Manager. The Maintenance Officer performs many duties under limited direct supervision and is therefore expected to show motivation and initiative in performing his or her duties. The Maintenance Officer is also expected to maintain a respectful, positive and professional manner.

Working Environment

The Maintenance Officer will work at Gorman Arts Centre and Ainslie Arts Centre, which are ACT Government arts facilities.  The majority of the work duties are physical in nature and the position requires a high standard of fitness and mobility. The position involves working inside and outside, at all times of year.

Terms of Engagement

This position is ongoing for three years, starting from commencement date.
It is subject to a three month probation period.
Normal hours of work will be 24 hours per week, to be worked over five business days, Monday to Friday.


Hourly rate set at $24.54 plus superannuation, paid in accordance with the Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992 (Cwlth).
Salary and other benefits provided under this position will be subject to tax deduction or withholding of any applicable taxation.

Selection Criteria 

  1. Demonstrated experience in responsive and scheduled maintenance programs.
  2. Demonstrated experience in maintaining landscape gardens.
  3. Demonstrated experience in managing contractors, sub-contractors and other external tradespeople.
  4. Uses initiative to coordinate and undertake a range of building, grounds, equipment and furniture maintenance and repairs, using a range of machinery, hand tools and other equipment.
  5. Works under minimal supervision, determines efficient work priorities, operates effectively under pressure and organises workloads to meet deadlines.
  6. Communicates and liaises effectively with staff, residents, hirers, members of the public and contractors.
  7. Complies with workplace, health and safety requirements

Eligibility / Other Requirements

  1. Mandatory Asbestos Awareness Training: Evidence of completion of training delivered by a registered training Organisation of Asbestos Awareness is required before or within one month of commencement. For further information refer to
  2. Other training in other WHS procedures will be arranged, as required, during employment: for example Working at Heights.
  3. A current drivers licence and reliable transportation.
  4. A current First Aid Certificate is desirable.


Submission Requirements

  • Cover page indicating suitability for role (pdf)
  • CV including two references (pdf)

Please email submission requirements by 10pm Sunday 28th October to:

Adelin Chin
Business Manager

Any Questions: Mauro Aviles, Facilities Manager, (02) 6182 0000,


Arts Administration Services

Critics Forum 2013. Gorman Arts Centre. Photo by Art Atelier.

Critics Forum 2013. Gorman Arts Centre. Photo by Art Atelier.

Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres offer a range of professional services to artists and arts organisations, including auspicing for artists and community groups seeking administrative services to receive and manage grants.

In our role as arts centre managers, we have developed the specialist administrative expertise to auspice grants professionally, reliably, and with an understanding of the unique needs of artists and creative communities. To find out more about our auspicing program, please contact us

Work Experience and Interns


Audiences enjoy an Exhibition in the Bogong Thatre, Gorman Arts Centre. Photo by Art Atelier.

If you are thinking about a career in the arts, Ainslie and Gorman offer tertiary students the unique opportunity to work with experienced staff members at our multi-art form centres. We accept applications from students studying arts and cultural management, event management, technical production, and other related fields, to undertake a secondment or work experience placement with us. We also accept applications from secondary and college students studying technical production. Applications to undertake a work experience placement with Ainslie and Gorman are open year-round. Successful applicants will have a tailored placement according to the field and level of study. Placements are generally project or event-based and supervised by a key member of Ainslie and Gorman staff. We can also broker introductions to our member organisations, who also offer opportunities from time to time.

Work experience at Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centre is an invaluable opportunity to learn from experienced arts centre staff about programming, producing, marketing, communications and operating in a multi-arts context.

To apply, download the Work Experience Application Form.


An Ensemble from Canberra Youth Music performing in the Main Hall at Ainslie Arts Centre. Bloom 2012. Photo by Art Atelier.

An Ensemble from Canberra Youth Music performing in the Main Hall at Ainslie Arts Centre. Bloom 2012. Photo by Art Atelier.

Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres’ Volunteer Program provides individuals with the opportunity to support us in the delivery of high quality arts programs at our multi-arts centres. We are looking for enthusiastic and highly motivated individuals, who have a passion for the arts and are interested in gaining industry experience. We have plenty of volunteering opportunities in areas such as front of house, arts administration, artist liaison, food and beverage, and event coordination. You will meet new people, learn new skills, and be part of a team that supports some of Canberra’s finest artists, arts organisations and audiences.

If you are interested in submitting an expression of interest, or if you would like further information, please contact