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Department of Social Services
Position Level: 
APS Level 6
$85,137 to $95,695
Canberra ACT
Job type: 
Closing date: 
27 February 2020
To event remaining 7 days

People Service Branch support managers and staff in the application of human resources policies, programs and the delivery of core human resource services. 

The Indigenous Liaison Officer position is a unique position that provides expertise and technical knowledge to the department regarding the recruitment, retention and professional development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff. The role is designed to work closely with the department’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff as well as to develop and implement strategies and solutions to support the department’s commitment to being an inclusive and respectful workplace.

Key duties

Responsibilities include:

1. Policy and program development and implementation

a. provide expertise and technical knowledge regarding the recruitment, retention and professional development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff.
b. design, implement and review policies and strategies to increase and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff in the department
c. contribute to the design, implementation and review of activities that aim to improve cultural capabilities across the department
d. ensure knowledge of and compliance with legislative and administrative frameworks, government decision-making processes and agency guidelines and regulations.

2. Engage with internal and external stakeholder’s

a. work closely with the department’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander National Staff Committee and individual staff to identify and monitor staffing matters and develop strategies and solutions, including but not limited to individual pastoral care.
b. work closely with the Indigenous Champion, Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group, People Services Branch and other relevant business areas to identify strategies to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff
c. participate in, or where needed establish new internal and external networks, communities of practice and working groups, including the APS Indigenous Liaison Officer Network.

3. Work with independence to deliver quality outcomes

a. set individual and team priorities
b. contribute to and maintain team cohesion
c. contribute to managing change and uncertainty in the workplace


  • Communicates effectively and sensitively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • Understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment, particularly in the Australian Public Service.
  • Understanding of Indigenous Policy and Affairs, and the diverse experiences of Indigenous peoples and communities.
  • Understands and applies evidence informed and strength based approaches.
  • In depth knowledge, understanding of statutory, regulatory, and policy frameworks such as, but is not limited to:

- Human Resource policies, frameworks, guidelines and Enterprise Agreement
- Public Service Act 1999
- Racial Discrimination Act 1975
- Fair Work Act 2009
- Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986
- Privacy Act 1988.


Knowledge and experience of human resources principles desired.

The filling of this vacancy is intended to constitute an affirmative measure under section 26 of the Australian Public Service Commissioner’s Directions 2016. This vacancy is open only to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants within the meaning of section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975.

Eligible applicants must be:

  • of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • who are accepted by their community as being Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.


Applicants are required to confirm their Confirmation of Heritage. The following documents of confirmation are suitable.

- confirmation from an incorporated Indigenous organisation
- letter signed by a chairperson of an incorporated organisation

Statutory declaration will not be accepted.

Further information on Confirmation of Heritage process, visit the APSC Indigenous recruitment page.


A merit pool will be created through this recruitment process to fill Affirmative Measure – Indigenous vacancies within the department for 12 months.

Indigenous job seekers are encouraged to apply for this vacancy. If the job is 'Identified', then part or all of the duties impact on Indigenous Australian communities or their representatives.

The filling of this vacancy is intended to constitute an affirmative measure under section 8(1) of the 'Racial Discrimination Act 1975'. This vacancy is only available to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait people.

RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy. Under the RecruitAbility scheme you will be invited to participate in further assessment activity for the vacancy if you choose to apply under the scheme; declare you have a disability; and meet the minimum requirements for the job. For more information visit: https://www.apsc.gov.au/recruitability

Getting to know the Department of Social Services

The Department of Social Services (DSS) helps to build a strong and fair society for all Australians by delivering social policies that improve people’s lives. We are committed to creating a diverse and socially inclusive work environment that reflects the broader Australian community.

The Department offers a challenging and meaningful career working at the centre of the Australian Government's social policy agenda. We are a people-based organisation that encourages flexible working conditions and opportunities for promotion and development in a career where you can make a difference to your community.

The diversity of our staff is very important to us and we actively encourage applications from people with disabilities, LGBTIQ people, women and people with diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

We recognise the richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and the unique knowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees bring to our workplace, policy development and service delivery. We welcome and encourage applications from Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islander people for vacancies in the Department.

The Department aims to provide an inclusive workplace where each person’s unique perspectives and abilities are valued and applied in the development and delivery of meaningful social policy.

For more information: 
Talia Avrahamzon
(02) 6146 0534
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