How to find a professional historian
Most of Australia's Professional Historians Associations issue a directory of consultant historians who are qualified and experienced to undertake commissioned history work. You may decide to invite proposals from registered individuals or request the individual PHAs to advertise the position on your behalf direct to their members. PHA (Vic) and PHA (NSW) offer an Employment Service to assist both members and potential clients.
When choosing a professional historian, you need to be clear about the purpose of the work being commissioned and how it will be funded.
If you decide to advertise or call for tenders through newspapers or other media, your organisation should consider specifying that applicants must be eligible for accreditation as professional historians.
When choosing a professional historian, you need to be clear about the purpose of the work being commissioned and how it will be funded. Some organisations and individuals find it helpful to engage a professional historian to assist with design of a project brief and the selection of an appropriate candidate. The individual PHAs can help you to determine the type and length of history you want and a budget that takes into account the Scale of Fees recommended for the engagement of accredited professional historians in Australia.
Consideration could also be given to engaging a professional historian to assist with the interview and employment process and/or to sit on the committee overseeing the project.
The PHAs can also provide advice regarding contracts, timeframes and so on to ensure that appropriate professional standards are maintained.