Fara Pelarek was appointed Head, Life Long Learning in August 2013, managing the Museum’s substantial on and offsite education programs as well as Citizen Science initiatives and postgraduate students.
Previously, Fara managed the Museum’s Visitor Services unit for 13 years and was responsible for visitor experience and expectation, program offerings and customer satisfaction. The programs she oversaw included the Museum’s Early Childhood program, the Information Centre, Search & Discover, the Volunteers Program and Museum events, as well as exhibition specific programs.
She is committed to social inclusion and in providing access for people with special needs, and is currently Chair of the Accessing the Arts Group. Fara is also the Museum’s Grievance Manager, facilitating resolution of disputes and advising staff on grievance processes.
Fara has a BSc (Biology) from The University of Sydney, a Postgraduate Diploma in Secondary Science Education from Charles Sturt University and a Master of Environmental Science from Macquarie University.
In her own words:
"I have worked at the Australian Museum for the last 14 years in different positions, and for the last 9 years as Visitor Services Manager. In this role I manage all visitor programs presented within the Museum as well as some offered externally. These programs include the Museum’s early childhood programs, Volunteer Program, visitor events and the Museum’s information centre, Search & Discover.
Visitor Services also delivers a number of interpretive programs for the general public including, four school holiday programs, presentations, workshops, science and environmental programs. We host many of the Museum’s special events and competitions such as Up Close & Spineless Photography competition and Geology Rocks Drawing competition."
Bachelor of Science
University of Sydney
Diploma in Education (Secondary Science)
Charles Sturt University
Masters in Environmental Science