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As one of the finest performing arts companies in Australia, the ACO attracts the highest calibre of musicians, soloists and composers who are in turn supported by a first-rate team of administration professionals.

Communications Manager

Join a creative and ambitious team in building the national and international profile of Australia’s most dynamic national performing arts organisation.

We are seeking a dedicated, experienced and passionate professional for a key role in the ACO’s Marketing team. The Communications Manager will work closely with the Director of Marketing, Managing Director, Artistic Director and ACO musicians to develop a Communications Strategy to build the Orchestra’s profile and generate media coverage and box office revenue. As the ACO’s lead storyteller, the Communications Manager will contribute to the ideation of content and craft a cohesive narrative encompassing the various arms of the organisation – concert tours, corporate, development, philanthropy and education.

Key attributes include:

  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills, with the ability to develop stories across print, radio, television and online
  • At least seven years’ experience in Communications/Public Relations
  • Established media and influencer contacts in the Arts
  • Brings a strategic and creative approach to Communications
  • Experience in content ideation and creation
  • Tertiary qualifications in Communications or Marketing

Please refer to the detailed position description here

To apply for this role, please forward your CV and an accompanying cover letter addressed to Antonia Farrugia, Director of Marketing, outlining your relevant skills and experience in relation to the position description, to, by 3 February 2017.

Please include the words ‘Communications Manager’ in your email.

Initial enquiries may be made to:
Antonia Farrugia:

Business Analyst

The Business Analyst is a full-time 12 month contract role in the Finance team, reporting to the Chief Financial Officer. This role works in close partnership with the CFO and management to provide advice, support and reporting on all financial activities. This position also performs adhoc business analysis, transactional and project work as required. The role works proactively to contribute to and provide financial leadership and counsel on activities to ensure the operational effectiveness and excellence.

Specific responsibilities include:

development and execution of financial forecasts and budgets.
providing accurate and timely financial information for management and external parties.
active and lead role assisting the CFO in delivery of project improvements, to ensure suite of business performance information is readily available to add value in both day to day and strategic decision making.

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  • Tertiary qualified (Accounting/Finance) and CPA, CIMA or CA qualified.
  • Experience in financial analysis and management, commercial business planning and budgeting in a complex organisation.
  • Understanding of and experience in the application of financial and related policies, practices, and procedures.
  • Strong excel and analytical skills and experience of or aptitude for a broad range of issues, incorporating complex problem solving and financial modelling.
  • Excellent verbal, presentation, and written communication skills, with a focus on business and financial reporting and presenting to different audiences.
  • Sound interpersonal, negotiation and networking skills to maintain relationships and provide appropriate guidance & support across the organisation on financial matters.
  • Ability to work within and across different organisational teams whilst delivering successful business outcomes. Experience in an Arts / creative organisation preferred.
  • Experience across range financial systems (including Microsoft Dynamics NAV) and experience in using business intelligence tools advantageous.
  • Knowledge and experience in developing and implementing financial improvements and change management plans.
  • Ability to deliver work to tight deadlines, with commitment to providing quality customer service and ensuring client satisfaction.



If you are interested in this role, forward an up to date CV and cover letter to by 9am, Mon 6 February 2017 (Sydney, Australia Time), in the cover letter (of no more than 2 pages) please address the following 2 questions:

  1. Summarise your understanding and experience in budgeting and forecasting processes.
  2. Describe the role you have played in management reporting delivery and improvement.

Transactional Accountant 


The Transactional Accountant is a full-time (five days per week) role in the Finance team, reporting to the Chief Financial Officer and indirect reporting line to the Financial Accountant/Analyst for day-to-day direction and prioritisation. This role contributes to the efficient and effective operation of the ACO finance and administration functions by completing day to day accounting, including accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll processing. 

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Process fortnightly payroll with Payroll Bureau and ensure accurate payroll records are maintained.
  • Process sales invoices, adjustments, and receipts.
  • Process accounts payable invoices, adjustments, and creditor payments.
  • Attend to banking, petty cash, expense reimbursements and per diem processing.
  • Ensure general ledger records accurately reflect accounts receivable and accounts payable.
  • To provide additional assistance to the CFO and Financial Accountant/Analyst as and when required.


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  • Accounting degree/diploma qualified and at least 3 years’ experience at assistant / financial / transactional accountant level in a small – medium sized organisation.
  • Sound knowledge of accounting and payroll principles and procedures, including good knowledge of accounting standards, reconciliation procedures and legislation.
  • Experience in operation of computerised financial systems, preferably Microsoft Dynamics NAV.
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft product suite, including Excel, Word, Outlook.
  • High level of written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proven ability to build and maintain strong professional relationships with a broad range of stakeholders.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills with strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines and role requires significant amount of data entry.
  • Excellent customer service focus and experience, including commitment to providing quality customer service and ensuring client satisfaction.
  • Not-For-Profit / Government / Arts industry experience preferred.


If you are interested in this role, forward an up to date CV and cover letter to by 9am, 6 February 2017 (Sydney, Australia time).

Principal Viola

Package: AUD167,103

Applications are invited for the above full-time salaried position. The Australian Chamber Orchestra has an annual season of over eighty performances throughout Australia as well as a regular overseas touring schedule encompassing performances throughout Europe, North America and Asia such as at London’s Southbank Centre, Vienna’s Musikverein, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, New York’s Carnegie Hall and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in L.A., and appearances at festivals in Edinburgh, Hong Kong and Tanglewood. 

Recent domestic and international tours have included collaborations with artists including Steven Isserlis, Dawn Upshaw, Anthony Marwood, Pekka Kuusisto, Jeremy Denk, Steven Osborne and Patricia Kopatchinskaya. The ACO also has a regular recording program including its most recent releases on BIS.

Position comes with the use of a 1610 Maggini instrument.

In the first instance please direct all enquiries to:

Mr Luke Shaw
Head of Operations and Artistic Planning
Australian Chamber Orchestra
T +61 2 8274 3809  | E


Applications for casual work with the ACO (strings and all other orchestral instruments) are welcome. For details on how to apply, please send expressions of interest to Luke Shaw.

Mr Luke Shaw
Head of Operations and Artistic Planning
Australian Chamber Orchestra
Telephone: +61 2 8274 3809
Fax: +61 2 8274 3801
PO Box R21, Royal Exchange NSW 1225 Australia

Artist Managers and Soloists

The ACO is a touring orchestra which offers up to 13 programs each year. Opportunities for soloists are extremely limited and highly sought-after. Due to the overwhelming amount of interest, the ACO can no longer accept unsolicited material from soloists or artist managers.


The ACO is known for programming a broad range of music and we are very much interested in expanding the repertoire for chamber orchestras. However due to our unique touring pattern, the ACO offers only a handful of programs a year, so opportunities for composers are relatively limited. 

If you are a composer who is represented by the Australian Music Centre, there is no need to contact us - we regularly view the AMC catalogue ( If you are not represented by the AMC, and you think you have a piece well suited to the ACO, you are welcome to post a cover letter, CV, and three sample pages of the score. If you have a CD recording of the work, please send that too. Please do not email scores or parts electronically. Midi recordings are welcome if there is no alternative. Please note that our core strength is strings (55331) and we are a touring orchestra. Works for large forces or which require a complicated venue set-up are less likely to be of interest.

We will contact you in the event that we are able to take your submission further, or if we require further information. Please be careful not to send anything that cannot be replaced as we are unable to return submissions unless organised in advance of original delivery.

Please address submissions to:

Anna Melville
Artistic Administrator
Australian Chamber Orchestra
PO Box R21
Royal Exchange NSW 1225 Australia