Professor Richard Broome lectured at La Trobe 1977-1981 before becoming a commissioned historian, writing Arriving (1984) and Coburg: Between Two Creeks (1987). He returned to La Trobe in 1987, being appointed Associate Professor in 1992. He served on the History Institute of Victoria for ten years, being President 1995-1996 was review editor for the Victorian Historical Journal for two years; consultant to the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (1991); authored brochures for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, and for Year 12 students in partnership with the History Teachers' Association of Victoria. He was appointed Fellow of the Academy of the Humanities in 2006.
Professor Broome has published eleven books and over thirty articles and chapters as well as VCE text books.