The Diversity and Inclusion Section seeks to be a collaborative, informed and responsive team that provides evidence-based, forward looking and contemporary workforce strategies. We provide initiatives and support to assist the department to be a modern, progressive department with engaged, diverse and capable people. The main areas of responsibility include but are not limited to, development, implementation and evaluation of the departments Inclusion strategy, Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), Commonwealth Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Workforce Strategy 2020-24 and associated activities and networks. We support the department to deliver culture change programs related to HR activities.
The Indigenous Liaison Officer (ILO) is an Indigenous HR practitioner that will work with business areas to design and implement effective engagement strategies to attract, recruit, retain and advance Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees in the department and the APS. The role will work with business areas to facilitate a range of employment initiatives and programs to achieve the department’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander recruitment and retention targets and implementation of the Commonwealths Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Workforce Strategy 2020-2024.
The main duties of the role include, but are not limited to:
- developing and implementing strategies, policies, action plans and guides to achieve the department’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander recruitment and retention targets
- driving the development and implementation of the departments action plan against the roadmap for the Commonwealths Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Workforce Strategy 2020-2024
- providing advice to various areas of the department on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander recruitment and selection, employment conditions, career development and other HR matters relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees
- representing the department at relevant external networks and forums, such as the APS ILO Network and career development working groups relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment in the APS
- providing support to the department’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Staff Network (ATSIEN/ISN) and pastoral care to all identified staff members
- promoting cultural capability within the department through cultural awareness training, advice and activities.
Knowledge and experience
- A strong knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander society and culture and the issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in contemporary Australian society.
- Relevant experience in workplace diversity or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander projects and management is highly desirable.
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.
Getting to know the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment began 1 February 2020. The Department is led by Secretary Andrew Metcalfe, supported by the Executive Leadership Team. We protect Australia's natural resources, agriculture and way of life.
Our goal is to deliver policies and programs that:
- drive strong and sustainable agricultural industries
- manage our unique environment and heritage
- support our regional communities.
Our role is diverse and far reaching, we:
- assure our clean and green status by keeping pests and diseases out of Australia
- protect and sustainably manage Australia’s biodiversity, ecosystems and heritage
- prepare and coordinate our response to outbreaks of pests, diseases and weeds provide data and analysis on agriculture and the environment
- support sustainable natural resource management
- establish and manage Commonwealth protected areas
- maintain and secure new markets for Australia’s agricultural exports.