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Aboriginal Cultural Officer

NSW Government - Barangaroo, NSW

Government, Defence & Emergency
Source: uWorkin


  • Aboriginal Identified opportunity 
  • Temporary contract up to 30 June 2022
  • Regional NSW locations preferred, however negotiable, travel involved across NSW
  • Clerk Grade 7/8, Salary starting from $97,443 + super

DPIE Water Group is seeking an Aboriginal Cultural Officer to join the Coastal and Groundwater Planning Unit within the Water Policy and Planning team. You will provide informed advice and support to project and policy teams building awareness of Aboriginal cultural issues, protocols and opportunities and enhances the capacity of Aboriginal communities to participate in the management of water resource in NSW.

To learn more about the role, click here to view the role description.

Key Challenges

  • Working with a wide range of stakeholders with different levels of understanding to encourage and enhance two-way communication and understanding to enable effective inclusion of Aboriginal perspectives and cultural issues in water management.
  • Working in a culturally appropriate manner whilst also maintaining a good knowledge of the priorities and strategic directions for Water and water reform and planning issues more generally, including the trends and developments to enable effective input to planning and policy processes.
  • Maintaining the workflow and administration during high volume periods balancing delivery of day to day priorities with longer term project requirements.

Essential Requirements  

  • Aboriginal identified positions are developed where Aboriginal identity, cultural knowledge or connections are a genuine aspect of the role. Positions are specifically noted under the provisions of the NSW Anti-discrimination Act (1977) for Aboriginal people who meet the following criteria: 
  • is of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent, and 
  • identifies as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person, and 
  • is accepted as such by the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community. 
  • Knowledge, respect and understanding of Aboriginal cultural and water issues.
  • Knowledge of water resource management issues and the State and Commonwealth Government's water reform agendas.

About Us

The Water Group leads the NSW Government in providing confidence to communities and stakeholders with the transparent stewardship of water resources, provision of services and reforms that support sustainable and healthy environments, economies, and societies across NSW.

Applying for the role

Applicants must address their suitability by supplying an updated copy of their resume and a brief cover letter that outlines your skills and experience relevant to the role.

For further information, please contact Tracey Brownbill via [email protected] or Darren Murray, Manager Aboriginal Policy & Legislation on 0418 647 836.

Applications close on 20 June 2021, at 11:55pm

Should you require further information about Aboriginal employment at DPIE, please contact our Aboriginal People & Culture Team [email protected]

A recruitment pool may be created for ongoing and temporary opportunities of the same role or role type that may become available over the next 18 months. 

Looking for more information or assistance in applying? 

Our team can:

  • provide alternative formats to apply 
  • make adjustments to the recruitment process 
  • offer information about workplace adjustments and support networks 

If you identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and would like information or assistance in applying, contact our Aboriginal People & Culture team [email protected] (please include reference number).  

If you have disability and require more information or assistance you can contact the Diversity team at [email protected] (please include reference number).

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Barangaroo, NSW

Government, Defence & Emergency


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