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Aboriginal Engagement Officer

About the business and the role

East Gippsland is a pristine area of Victoria. Home to tranquil beaches, rugged mountain beauty and dense forested areas, it encompasses over 21,000 kilometres of land including ski fields high, country and regional cities state and national parks, and lakes and coastal wilderness. Catering for residents and visitors, East Gippsland Shire Council is a major employer across the region, meeting the needs of over 47,000 residents and over one million visitors.

Aboriginal Engagement Officer

Position overview 

Applications are currently being accepted for an Aboriginal Engagement Officer to support meaningful community engagement with Aboriginal communities across East Gippsland. This full time, ongoing Aboriginal Designation Position, will support the building of trust and strengthening of connections with Aboriginal communities and organisations. The successful applicant will share information and consult with Aboriginal communities and organisations on issues and decisions that could impact them.

Work as part of the Community Engagement and Resilience team to deliver programs and positive outcomes for local communities that are valuable and inclusive, and provide support to East Gippsland Shire Council in it's commitment to being a culturally sensitive and responsive organisation. 

Role Highlights:

  • Unique opportunity to assist in the building of trust and strengthening of connections.
  • Work across the beautiful East Gippsland Shire and meet with individuals and organisations across the region.
  • Cultural support pathways available.
  • Great superannuation, and 4 weeks annual leave each year.
  • Monthly ADO available.
  • Flexibility with workspace and work location.

Key Selection Criteria:

  • Be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.
  • Have a sound knowledge of Aboriginal culture and current social and community issues affecting local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across East Gippsland.
  • An understanding of community development principles and models, including place and strength-based approaches and asset-based community development.
  • Flexible communication skills and demonstrated ability to build rapport with a wide range of people and develop collaborative partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
  • The ability to utilise multiple engagement tools and produce written documents including reports and correspondence.
  • Understanding of the role of local government.
  • An ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively with a diverse range of stakeholders.
  • A current, valid Victorian driver’s licence and a willingness and ability to obtain an Employee Working with Children Check prior to appointment.

The successful applicant will be required to undertake a current Police Check and pre-employment medical, obtain a Working with Children Check and be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Applicants for this position must also be legally entitled to work in Australia.

Applications close at 11.59pm on Friday 3 June 2022Late applications will not be considered. If this sounds like your next career move, please hit the “Apply for this job” button now.

For a confidential discussion, please contact Rebecca Pantry, Community Programs Coordinator on (03) 5153 9500.

East Gippsland Shire Council prides itself on being an equal opportunity employer. As a Council, we are committed to providing a diverse and inclusive workplace that values the safety and wellbeing of all our employees.

We value diversity at East Gippsland Shire Council and encourage applications from diverse backgrounds, languages, cultures abilities and minorities to apply.

All applicants are requested to include the following details in their application:

  1. covering letter which states the title of the position you are applying for (including the relevant position number) and why you are interested in the position.
  2. A current resume which includes your personal details, education, qualifications, work experience and the contact details of two (2) work-related referees
  3. A statement providing detailed responses to each of the key selection criteria as stated in the position description.

Please note: Documents will only be accepted in Microsoft Word, PDF or Adobe Acrobat format. 


The panel will use all the information provided in your application and attachments provided but will concentrate on your selection criteria responses for an analysis of your qualifications, skills, abilities, experience and knowledge.

Vacancy Description - Position Description 5502 - Aboriginal Engagement Officer.pdf (292 kB)
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