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Sydney Opera House Careers

It’s an exciting time at the Sydney Opera House as we approach our 50th birthday in 2023 – an extraordinary moment to celebrate the past, present and future of our global icon. Beneath the sails, our passionate and hardworking teams ensure the Opera House continues to inspire all Australians. Be part of our team at a pivotal and transformative time for Australia’s most recognised and loved building.

Current Vacancies

Want to work at Sydney Opera House? See the full list of current vacancies on the I Work for NSW website.

Why work for us 

Aside from being an iconic heritage listed global business. from having what could be the best office in the world, our employees receive the following benefits:  

  • Discounts for on-site food and beverage venues and selected outlets around Circular Quay
  • Access to complimentary tickets for performances
  • Five weeks annual leave for selected roles
  • Complimentary pilates, yoga and circuit classes as well as other wellbeing initiatives such as Fitness Passport
  • Complimentary New Year’s Eve Forecourt tickets
  • Access to a range of internal and external professional development programs; social activities including staff functions, trivia nights and more
  • Onsite facilities including café, book swap library, and pool table
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Paid Parental Leave for eligible employees
  • Flexible working arrangements 
Video module, click play to watch. The short video narrated by CEO Louise Herron describes the purpose, mission and vision of Sydney Opera House

Can you imagine Sydney without the Opera House?

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Diversity & Belonging

The Sydney Opera House celebrates and supports the diversity of our workforce and we welcome applications from all members of the community. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or gender identity.

First Nations

We are passionate about respecting, embracing and celebrating First Nations cultures, through visitor experiences and creative programming.

Since time immemorial Tubowgule, the land on which the Opera House stands, has been a place of gathering and belonging. The Gadigal and Sydney basin clans would meet on the tidal island, dance, sing, feast, exchange knowledge and share stories.

The Opera House carries on this legacy by embracing and celebrating the culture of Australia’s First Peoples and First Nations globally.

In 2011, the Opera House became the first performing arts organization in Australia to develop a Reconciliation Action Plan. This plan brings focus and clarity to our First Nations activities, a roadmap to achieving the organisation’s reconciliation aspirations.

 In the eight years since the Opera House joined Reconciliation Australia’s RAP program, it has broadened and strengthened our commitment, embedding the values of reconciliation across everything we do.

The RAP Working Group terms of reference set out the group’s role to:

  • Support the Opera House’s RAP leadership role by advocating for the RAP and related activities to external stakeholders, including visitors, onsite partners, contractors, resident companies and industry colleagues.
  • Provide a platform for staff and visitors to access First Nations content through programming and visitor experience projects.
  • Encourage a safe, inclusive workplace that supports First Nations staff.
  • Run projects that enable participation by First Nations people.
  • Embed First Nations cultures and RAP values across the organisation through advocacy that raises awareness and inspires staff.
  • Share expertise and perspectives with each other to make meaningful change.
  • Develop cultural competence across the organisation

Click here to find out more about our Reconciliation Action Plan

Click here to find out more about our First Nations Career Development opportunities or contact the Recruitment Team.

Pride Group

At Sydney Opera House, we take pride in being a workplace that supports our staff , no matter how they identify. We advocate for the belonging of our sexually and gender diverse community.

Our SOH Pride group provides an amazing support network for our staff of the LGTBIQA+ community and their allies. The group focuses on breaking down barriers and raise awareness.

We have introduced Gender neutral bathrooms in both our client and staff areas and held popular seminars such as ‘How to be a Good Trans Ally’.

We want our LGBTIQA+ staff to be proud of who they are, because we’re just as proud to stand alongside them.

Mardi Gras holds a special place in the city, and the Opera House. To celebrate this moment, we participated in the 2019 & 2020 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade. A highlight of the 2020 Parade was Sydney Opera House being awarded the Ron Austin Award for Most Fabulous Parade Entry. 

Check out our staff being celebrated

Global Goals & Sustainability

The Opera House has become the first major Australian arts institution to commit to the United Nations Global Goals.

The goals are a roadmap to achieving a more sustainable and prosperous future for all. They focus on many of the most pressing issues of our time, including inequality, climate change and education, which can only be addressed through global action. Adopting the goals puts us among a growing number of companies, governments and community organisations, in Australia and internationally, that have already signed up.

The Opera House’s commitment to the goals is reflected in our latest Accessibility, Environmental and Reconciliation Action Plans.

Sydney Opera House has a Sustainable Environment Action Leaders (SEALS) Working group.

The SEALS are the Opera House Green Champions group. Their purpose is to:

  • Help implement the Environmental Sustainability Plan across the organisation
  • Act as a  ‘hub of influence’ to engage staff and embed sustainability across the organisation
  • The SEALS set the agenda of staff engagement and ‘own’ the projects, ideas and initiatives
  • Opportunity for fun with other staff members passionate about environment

Find out more

Accessibility

The Sydney Opera House is committed to making reasonable adjustments to provide a positive, barrier-free and supportive workplace. If you require any adjustments before or during the selection process, or assistance with your application format, please contact the Recruitment team or our dedicated Accessibility team via email accessibility@sydneyoperahouse.com.

Below are some links to our Access commitments:

Visit our Accessibility webpage

Read our Accessibility Action Plan

For hard copies, including copies in alternate formats (Braille, large print and easy English) can be requested from the recruitment team.

Applicants who are deaf can call (at no cost) the National Relay Service;

  • TTY users phone 13 36 77
  • Speak and listen (speech-to-speech relay) users phone 1300 555 727
  • Internet relay users connect to the Nation Relay Service
  • Sydney Opera House Recruitment phone (02) 9250 7743

Contact Us

For any further information, please contact our Recruitment team at recruitment@sydneyoperahouse.com.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply for a job that isn’t advertised? 

All our vacant positions are advertised on the I work for NSW website. Keep your eyes peeled for an opportunity. 

Can I apply for more than one role at a time?

Yes, you can apply for more than one role at a time. However, you will be required to submit separate applications for each role you would like to apply for. 

Any advice for making a great application? 

Include a cover letter that lets us know why you want to work at SOH and addresses the 2 targeted questions. Tell us about your career highlights and what makes you unique.

Whether it is for an application or interview, it helps to do a little research into the organisation’s history, mission and value. You can check Our Story here

Can I apply directly for a role? 

Please be advised that we do not accept unsolicited applications via email – all applications are required to be made on the I Work for NSW website where we advertise all our current vacancies: https://iworkfor.nsw.gov.au/

When will I be contacted? 

If you have applied for a role through I work for NSW, we will be in contact with you  as  soon as possible once the role has closed. You can always contact the Recruitment team on recruitment@sydneyoperahouse.com for an update.  We will strive to contact successful and unsuccessful candidates in a timely manner. 

What is the recruitment process like? 

As a NSW Government agency, we conduct a recruitment process consistent with the Government Sector Employment Act 2013. This involves utilising various assessment methods to select a candidate on the basis of merit.

Please see the following documents from the Public Service Commission which will help you in understanding the recruitment process.

Recruitment & Selection Guide

Applying for a role in the NSW Public Service

How long does the recruitment process take?

Sydney Opera House has a unique hiring process for each role, with recruitment for some role taking a number of weeks. Our Recruitment team strive to keep you updated throughout the whole process but reach out to them if you have an questions about the current status of your application.

What if I have a disability?

If you require any adjustments before or during the selection process, or assistance with your application format, please contact the Recruitment team or our dedicated Accessibility team via email accessibility@sydneyoperahouse.com.

Who can I ask to be my references?

Candidates who progress to the reference check stage will be required to submit at two professional  references with the following criteria:

  • your most recent direct manager or supervisor
  • someone else who has supervised you during the past five years

Please note, personal references will not be accepted.

We understand you may not able to provide a reference from your current employer, please talk to the Recruitment team on other options available. 

I am going away  shortly after I apply. Where can I note this?

If you’re going away on leave, you are welcome to leave a note on your resume  or cover letter with your preferred contact details while you’re away.

Do you offer University Internships? 

As you can imagine we get a large number of enquiries about internships, work experience, and work placements. Because of this, and to make sure that the experiences we offer are rewarding for all involved, we tend to prioritise work placements (where the experience is part of a mandatory unit of study within high school). 

You might like to check out the I Work for NSW website where casual and other employment opportunities at the Sydney Opera House are advertised. Occasionally formal internships are also posted on this site.

I require workplace adjustments, can I still apply? 

Yes, The Sydney Opera House is committed to making reasonable adjustments to provide a positive, barrier-free and supportive workplace. If you require any adjustments before or during the selection process, please contact the  Recruitment team. 

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