Check your eligibility


To be eligible to work at the National Archives, you must be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident who is eligible to apply for citizenship.

The APS Jobs website has more information on eligibility criteria.

Security screening and clearance

Before starting work at the National Archives, you will need to:

  • complete a National Archives pre-employment check
  • obtain and maintain an Australian Government security clearance at at least the Baseline level

The National Archives will provide the paperwork for these checks once you have accepted a job offer.

Pre-employment check

If your application is successful, you will need to complete a pre-employment check. Our checks follow the mandatory requirements of the Australian Government Protective Security Policy Framework (PSPF).

The pre-employment check assesses your eligibility and suitability to work at the National Archives based on your character, honesty, integrity and trustworthiness.

You will also be required to complete an Australian Federal Police check as part of your pre-employment screening.

Australian Government security clearance

If you do not already hold an Australian Government security clearance, we will arrange one for you.

The selection documentation for an advertised role outlines the level of security clearance you will need for that role.

For Baseline security clearances, the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency will need to check your background and personal history for the previous 5 years. This period is longer for higher levels of security clearance.

You must be an Australian citizen to be eligible for a security clearance.

Health declaration

You will need to fill in a health declaration form when you start your new role.

This form helps us understand whether you have any existing health issues that may affect you performing the role.

It allows us to meet our duty of care under work health and safety legislation and identify any reasonable adjustments you may need to do your role.