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Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
Position Level: 
APS Level 6
$82,346 - $93,713
Canberra - ACT
Job type: 
Closing date: 
3 June 2019
To event remaining 7 days


The Workforce and HR Strategy Branch drives the capability of the department through better workforce planning, provision of people metrics for staff management and decision-making, promoting diversity, recruitment and selection of high-quality staff, building capability and supporting delivery and strategic people management across a range of contexts.

The Indigenous Liaison Officer (ILO) will work in the Diversity and Inclusion Section which 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 for the section include implementing the department’s inclusion strategy, Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), Indigenous Employment Strategy and the associated activities and networks.

The Job
The ILO is a human resource practitioner responsible for providing pastoral care to the department’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees (in Canberra and the regions) to assist with recruitment, retention and career progression. Duties could include but are not limited to:
• providing advice and guidance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, their managers and business areas on recruitment and selection, career development, and other HR matters relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees
• playing a key role in driving implementing of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy 2018-2020 and, at times, assisting with the development and implementation of the Reconciliation Action Plan
• promoting cultural capability within the department through cultural awareness advice and activities
• representing the department at relevant external networks and forums, such as the APS ILO Network.
• providing support to the department’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employee Network (ATSIEN) and pastoral care to all identified staff members, including travelling to regional offices for pastoral visits
• assisting with a range of diversity and inclusion activities including National Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week celebrations.

Knowledge and experience
The successful applicant will have:
• an understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people and an ability to communicate sensitively and effectively
• experience in working collaboratively to ensure consistency in approach and achieve work area and departmental people priorities in a changing environment
• experience in writing a range of communication materials for different audience groups
• experience in independently planning and managing multiple tasks, demonstrating initiative, ability to set priorities, and ensure quality of outputs.


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.

For more information: 
Penny Ngui
(02) 6272 2198
Position number: 
Vacancy N.N. 10750421