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Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
Position Level: 
APS Level 5
$68,948 to $73,591
Acton, ACT
Job type: 
Closing date: 
19 January 2021
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The Human Resources team is part of the People Services Directorate within the Strategic Operations Group. The team provides support and advice about payroll, conditions of employment, Code of Conduct, Enterprise Agreement, industrial relations, learning and development, HR policy and procedures, recruitment, Indigenous employment, induction and workers’ compensation.

The HR Advisor is a member of the People Services team. The HR Advisor plays a key role in the delivery of the day-to-day HR operational functions of the Institute, including payroll, recruitment, personnel administration and providing advice and support to staff and managers, with an emphasis on customer service and confidentiality.

This position reports to the HR Manager.

Key duties

The ideal candidate will have: 

  • hands-on, operational experience in an HR environment, good attention to detail, be highly organised with a proactive approach to managing their own workload as well as being a natural team player. They will demonstrate a professional, flexible approach in the delivery of HR services and be able to engage with staff with confidence and compassion.
  • experience in payroll processing preferably in a public sector environment and have an understanding of recruitment principles
  • ability to communicate with staff at all levels in a style that is tailored to the audience, while being considerate of individual needs and the needs of AIATSIS.
  • as the first point of contact in HR, they should have a friendly, approachable manner with an ability to liaise, negotiate and achieve outcomes.
  • ability to interpret and apply legislation, policy and procedure and have the ability to articulate these in plain English to staff.

In addition, the successful candidate must have the following capabilities:

  • understands Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business with the agency and the outcomes the agency is responsible for delivering
  • applies appropriate flexibility in service delivery to meet the cultural needs of individuals
  • engages with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees in a sensitive and equitable manner
  • Is sensitive, empathetic, and respectful towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and heritage

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.

Getting to know the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

We are Australia’s only national institution focused exclusively on the diverse history, cultures, and heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia. We house the world’s most important and extensive collection of cultural information and material and we provide leadership, publish and promote greater understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We create opportunities for people the world over to engage with and be transformed by the knowledge, the culture and the story of Australia’s Indigenous peoples. We are Australia’s national institution for leadership in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research.

We care for a priceless collection, including films, photographs, video and audio recordings as well as the world’s largest collection of printed and other resource materials for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies. We undertake and encourage scholarly, ethical, community-based research in a variety of sectors, including health, native title, languages and education. Our publishing house, Aboriginal Studies Press, regularly publishes outstanding writing that promotes Australian Indigenous cultures. Our activities affirm and raise awareness of the richness and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories.

For more information: 
Alan Coxhill
(02) 6261 4267