A little bit about us
The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications (the Department) is responsible for the design and implementation of the Australian Government', s infrastructure, transport and regional development policies and programs, and is the lead agency for communications and the arts. We are at the forefront of the Australian Government’s efforts to connect our communities, secure the nation’s economic future, improve living standards, provide access to high quality communication services and ensure all Australians can enjoy diverse artistic and cultural experiences.
The Human Resources and Property Branch, part of the People, Governance, Parliamentary and Communication Division in the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications, is responsible for the delivery of a broad range of innovative human resource services and practices to ensure staff are equipped to meet immediate and emerging challenges, and work collaboratively with the branches to coordinate and deliver professional centralised services to the Department.
The opportunity we have available
The Human Resources and Property Branch at the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications, is looking for an Indigenous Liaison Officer (ILO)
As part of our commitment to First Australians, the Department has established the Winanggaay Unit (pronounced Win-ang-eye). Winanggaay is a Ngunnawal / Wiradjuri word meaning ‘to know, to think and to understand’. The Unit is dedicated to supporting the Department’s efforts towards reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, and embedding cultural capability into our workforce to create a culturally confident and safe workplace for all Australians.
The ILO role sits within the Winanggaay Unit and is dedicated to supporting the implementation of the Department’s Reconciliation Action Plan 2020-2022 (currently in development) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment and Retention Strategy 2020-2022.
What will you do?
Under the direction of an Executive Level 1 supervisor, the ILO will be responsible for, but not limited to, the following:
- Providing expertise and technical knowledge regarding matters that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, across a range of programs and activities and assist with implementation
- Being accountable for developing plans and objectives that contribute to short and long term strategic planning initiatives
- Supporting internal stakeholders to analyse, research and make decisions on a range of complex issues that impact Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, this will require sound judgement
- Managing relationships with stakeholders and staff to achieve strategic objectives, which can often involve liaising with stakeholders on complex or sensitive issues. This will include engaging and consulting with the Department’s Indigenous Staff Network
- Undertaking a pastoral care and support role for departmental Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander employees.
What else can we offer?
We are a diverse and collaborative department and can offer:
- Exposure to high profile and exciting projects
- Networking opportunities across the department and wider APS
- Capability development opportunities focused on your individual career goals
- A collegiate working environment focused on working together to achieve innovative and contemporary solutions to our workforce issues
- Flexible working arrangements where appropriate, including part time hours, home based work and job sharing
Who are we looking for?
As the ILO you will provide strategic advice on Indigenous employment, corporate guidance on cultural issues and pastoral care to assist in building the organisation’s cultural capability and safety for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander employees.
The ILO is an Indigenous Affirmative Measures position and the employee is required to:
- Be Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander,
- Have an understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and
- Have the ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Employment with the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications is subject to conditions prescribed within the Public Service Act 1999 including:
- Citizenship: To be eligible for employment with the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications, applicants must be an Australian citizen. Only in exceptional circumstances will the department consider waiving this requirement.
- Health Assessment: The preferred applicant may be required to undergo a medical examination conducted by the department’s preferred medical provider.
- Security Clearance: The successful candidate must be able to obtain and/or maintain a security clearance at baseline level. You must be willing to disclose all relevant and required information. You must have lived in Australia, or have a checkable background, for at least the preceding five years for Baseline Vetting clearances. More information on the security clearance vetting process is available on the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA) website.
How to apply
Applications for this opportunity close at 11:59pm AEDT, Friday 23 October 2020.
In applying for this position, you are not required to address individual selection criteria. Rather, you should provide a statement of no more than two pages outlining your background, capabilities and experiences, and how these align with the advertised role. You should also provide a CV, to a maximum of three pages. The capabilities and behaviours required to be successful for this role are identified in the ‘Who are we looking for’ section.
Your application should be received through the department’s online recruitment system. Applications via Indeed will not be accepted.
If you experience any issues with the system please contact the Recruitment Team on 02 6274 6161 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss an alternative way to submit your application.
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 Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
The Department is responsible for the design and implementation of the Australian Government's infrastructure, transport and regional development policies and programs, and is the lead agency for communications and the arts. We are at the forefront of the Australian Government’s efforts to connect our communities, secure the nation’s economic future, improve living standards, provide access to high quality communication services and ensure all Australians can enjoy diverse artistic and cultural experiences. We do this by:
- Building stronger communities through major infrastructure planning, investment advice and delivery, and strategic development of policies and programs.
- Supporting a thriving aviation industry, connecting even our most remote residents with the rest of the country and the world.
- Making sure that all transport users benefit from a safe and secure transport system.
- Managing some of Australia’s most significant infrastructure projects which affect the wider community, including regulating airports, implementing the Smart Cities Plan and the development of the Western Sydney Airport and the delivery of Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail.
- Enabling all Australians to connect to effective communications services and technologies, including through the rollout of the National Broadband Network and the Mobile Black Spot Program.
- Supporting inclusiveness and growth in Australia’s creative sector, and protecting and promoting Australian content and culture.
We seek people with a wide variety of skills and competencies, and look for applicants who demonstrate they will strive to support the behaviours we seek to foster in our workforce. We are an inclusive employer and promote, value and support diversity among our employees with the aim of ensuring our workforce reflects, respects and benefits from diverse communities including Indigenous Australians, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, carers, LGBTQI+ and people with disability.