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Assistant Manager Indigenous Engagement, EL1, Australian Radioactive Waste Agency

Adelaide, South Australia
Job Type
7 Sep 2022

Employment type: Non-Ongoing - Specified Term
Location: Adelaide

About the team

The Indigenous Engagement (IE) section supports the National Radioactive Waste Management (NRWM) Facility program by leading consultation with Indigenous stakeholders involved with the delivery of the facility. Overall the role of the IE section is to ensure best practice is used in engaging with our Indigenous stakeholders, including; ensuring effective consultation and policy decision opportunities are implemented via a co-operative approach between the Government and Indigenous peoples; access to the economic and employment benefits are provided; and cultural heritage associated with the site is effectively managed in partnership with the relevant Traditional Owners.

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • A high level of cultural competency, including:
  • Demonstrated understanding of the issues affecting Indigenous Australians
  • Demonstrated high level ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Indigenous people, and
  • Demonstrated high level capability and commitment to continue to develop cultural competency.
  • Analytical skills, with proven experience in process redesign
  • Personal drive and the ability to adapt to changing priorities to deliver outcomes under pressure and exercise sound judgement in strategically handling complex and sensitive work
  • A strong understanding of government processes, including Cabinet and legislation processes
  • Strong leadership, mentoring, coaching and performance management skills
  • The ability to undertake regular travel between Adelaide and regional areas
  • Well-developed written and verbal communication skills, including high level listening skills
  • Demonstrated ability to provide sound advice and prepare written reports and briefings
  • The ability to work in a fluid environment, remaining flexible, agile and adaptable supporting colleagues at short notice.


  • Professional qualification in stakeholder engagement or equivalent relevant experience desirable.

Our department has a commitment to inclusion and diversity, with an ambition of being the best possible place to work. This reflects the importance we place on our people and on creating a workplace culture where each and every one of us is valued and respected for our contribution. Our ideal candidate adds to this culture and our workplace in their own way.

What you will do

Reporting to the Manager Indigenous Engagement, the Assistant Manager Indigenous Engagement will:

  • Produce written materials such as Ministerial briefs and correspondence, other briefings as well as a range of policy, position and meeting papers
  • Work with a wide range of stakeholders to meet policy objectives, including businesses, researchers, internal program delivery partners and across government
  • Research and analyse information to support complex policy development, implementation and evaluation including evaluation of metrics
  • Apply your critical thinking and analytical skills to develop and provide strategic, timely and accurate advice on solutions to complex policy problems
  • Engage directly with Indigenous stakeholders, to inform them about the Facility, understand their views and seek solutions that maximise the outcomes for all communities involved in the Facility establishment process
  • Contribute to communication strategy, products and events, including e-publications and database maintenance

To be eligible for employment in the APS and the department, applicants must:

  • Be an Australian citizen or going to be granted Australian Citizenship before commencement. You may be asked to provide evidence of this.
  • Undertake a pre-employment security assessment and subsequent security clearance. All staff are required to have a minimum baseline security clearance however some roles will require a higher level security clearance. If you are offered a role and do not have a current security clearance, we will work with you to arrange for this to be undertaken.
  • You may be required to undertake an agency suitability assessment.

Positions require a Baseline security clearance and successful candidates will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level.


Applicants must have a high level of cultural competency, including understanding of the issues affecting Indigenous Australians, and demonstrate personal drive and the ability to adapt to changing priorities to deliver outcomes under pressure and exercise sound judgement in strategically handling complex and sensitive work. A strong understanding of government processes, including Cabinet and legislative processes is highly desirable.

The position is based in Adelaide and applicants must be able to undertake regular regional and interstate travel.

A merit pool may be established and used to fill future vacancies within 18 months from the date the vacancy was first advertised in the Gazette .

How to apply

Your application must not contain any classified or sensitive information. This includes in your application responses, CV and any other documents. The selection panel may not consider applications containing classified information.

Please provide a pitch explaining how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role and why you are the best candidate for the position. Your pitch can contain no more than 5000 characters (approximately 750 words) and should align to the key duties listed above.

Please complete your application online and provide your current CV with your application. (CVs must be in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format).

Accessible application documentation is available in other formats on request. Please contact or if you require assistance with your application.

Please refer to our Applying for a position information for additional information on how to apply

Contact information

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact Shane Holland via , or on .

Applications close: 20 Sep :55 PM Cen. Australia Standard Time

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