Australia nationals (Aboriginal identified): Aboriginal Cultural Officer (Water)

Government of New South Wales


  • Aboriginal Identified opportunity3-year temporary contract
  • Regional NSW locations preferred, however negotiable, travel involved across NSW
  • Clerk Grade 7/8, Salary starting from $97,443 + super

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is currently seeking an Aboriginal Cultural Officer join the Water Infrastructure NSW (WINSW) Group.

About the role

The Aboriginal Cultural Officer role contributes to the design and implementation of community and stakeholder engagement strategies for projects delivered by the Water Infrastructure NSW Division of DPIE Water Group. These strategies involve building relationships with stakeholders and key regional, metropolitan and first nations communities; and communications to support this engagement in collaboration with the Water Communications team. The role effectively engages with various community stakeholders to plan and deliver infrastructure across the water sector.

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

Key Challenges

  • Work closely with Water staff to facilitate input by Aboriginal Communities on issues, policy positions and planning development to ensure outcomes are identified, discussed and resolved within Water to a point where negotiation with other relevant stakeholders can proceed.
  • Share and transfer community and cultural knowledge, expertise and skills to colleagues and clients, including conducting information, training and briefing sessions to contribute to continuity of knowledge across the agency. 

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.  

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 Donna Kennedy via email to [email protected]

Applications close on 3 May 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 roles of the same role or role type that may become available for filling over the next eighteen months. 

Our commitment to flexible working:

The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is committed to ensuring the sector reflects the NSW community it serves. We support an inclusive workplace where staff have access to opportunities and resources at all levels, enabling our team members to drive innovation, productivity, and delivery of high-quality services. We understand that flexibility means different things to different people and are committed to offering flexible work arrangements where and when possible. 

Our commitment to diversity:

The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment recognises that we operate in a diverse community and welcome and encourage applications from all ages and genders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, the LGBTIQ+ community, veterans, refugees and people with disability.




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