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Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Position Level: 
APS Level 4
$68,495 - $73,253
Mimili - SA; Amata - SA
Job type: 
Closing date: 
3 May 2019
To event remaining 8 days


The Opportunity

Indigenous Engagement Officers (IEOs) live and work within an Indigenous community and play a critical role in assisting the government to establish and maintain a remote presence and footprint in remote communities. The main feature of the Regional Network going forward will be a focus on maximising the social and economic impact of policies and programs.

In order to be effective the roles must build productive relationships within the community as well as across PM&C, other Commonwealth, state and local governments, the private sector and service providers. The roles maintain a detailed understanding of the range of investment, including through government programs and services, in communities within a local region. They also maintain a deep understanding of community assets and challenges to realising the full benefits of these.

IEOs report directly to a Government Business Manager and as part of a wider team supporting social and economic development in the region. These roles require individuals with a flexible and adaptive mind-set and a commitment to their own professional development. IEOs will be required to contribute to broader team and regional strategic planning.

Our Ideal Candidates

You will be results-oriented and possess strong engagement and communication skills.

You will maintain strong relationships within the community and have a detailed understanding of community assets, issues, opportunities and relationships. You will be expected to work responsively and in partnership with communities, other government agencies and service providers to broker solutions that are tailored to local needs.

The successful candidates will be the key liaison point for the department in communities by engaging with the community and informing community members of departmental programmes and other initiatives. You will work closely with the Government Business Manager in the community to monitor and facilitate the delivery of services to and projects in the community.

You will monitor the performance of service providers and discuss and resolve local, on ground issues associated with delivery of quality services. You will know how to identify risk and be able to manage and escalate issues. You will be able to work as part of a team and support constant improvement in the teams community engagement practice.

You will provide written reports on community issues and outcomes and practice good information management as part of team place-based practice and will manage key administrative tasks associated with employment in the APS. You will be expected to uphold the APS Values and Code of Conduct and know what it means to be an APS employee.

What We Offer

• A flexible, diverse and inclusive workplace and attractive remuneration package including generous employer superannuation contributions.
• Exciting and fulfilling work at the heart of government with career development and networking opportunities difficult to find elsewhere.
• The opportunity to work with strong, smart, visionary and experienced leaders who encourage and support you to develop your interests and expertise and achieve your ambitions.



To be eligible for this position you must be an Australian Citizen at the closing date of application.


Non-ongoing opportunity will be offered for a specified term

These non-ongoing positions will be offered for a period of up to June 2020, with the possibility of extension.

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 Islander 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 see: http://www.apsc.gov.au/priorities/disability/recruitability.

About Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 

Do you want to make a real contribution to the success of our country? The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet advises the Prime Minister on policies across the full range of government activities and the machinery of government, and ensures implementation of cabinet decisions. We work across many different government portfolios to ensure coherent strategies with mutually supportive policies and decisions based on a whole-of-government approach. We cover matters of particular importance to the Prime Minister, current government priorities, social and economic policies, Indigenous affairs and national security. Special offices currently work on counter-terrorism, Commonwealth-State reforms, deregulation, women’s policy, ‘ice’ and cyber security.

We are a motivated and professional team with a wide variety of qualifications and backgrounds. We welcome people with private-sector experience. We value people with ideas, the ability to present them persuasively, and the drive and skill to see them adopted. We take pride in our reputation for acting with integrity and discretion.

All applicants must be Australian citizens, and be prepared to undertake and pass a security clearance. Applicants who are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, come from a diverse cultural or linguistic background or have a disability are encouraged apply. The Department aims to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and that they have equal access to job opportunities. Hearing or speech impaired applicants are invited to use the National Relay Service by contacting 133 677, and requesting to be connected with our HR Help team on 02 6271 6000 in order to obtain selection documentation.

For more information: 
James Armitage
(08) 8318 2101
Position number: 
Vacancy N.N. 10746246