Aboriginal Cultural Liaison Officer

  • Full time
  • Permanent
  • Salary between $86,523 per annum plus 9.5% superannuation
  • Location of work Various City of Ballarat work sites
  • Closing date for this position is

The City of Ballarat is seeking a person, preferably who is of Aboriginal or Torres Strait origin to work strategically with the Community, Councillors, Council and Customers to achieve outcomes for the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Ballarat and to strive for reconciliation, maximum self-determination and sustainable positive change. The future employee in this position will:

  • Provide specialist advice on to the Director Community Development and the Executive Management group on trends, needs and issues within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
  • Provide advice and recommendations in relation to issues and demonstrate analysis of options and implications incorporating technical and legal requirements as well as the needs of Council concerning issues faced by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.
  • Be a strategic thinker and understand the needs of the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, the future vision of Council and the Community and strategically plan for positive social justice outcomes. 
  • Coordinate and participate in steering committees and project teams as required. 
  • Where relevant, develop policies in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders issues and provide advice to Council officers in regard to culturally appropriate policy development.

Key Selection Criteria

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team to meet organisational strategic outcomes  
  • Ability to be pro-active, and demonstrate initiative, creativity and resourcefulness in customer service, information provision and supporting management.   
  • Demonstrated ability to critically analyse, inform and develop strategic plans and policies that seek to improve outcomes for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. 
  • Demonstrated ability to build positive and effective working relationships with the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and other stakeholders and an ability to facilitate positive and effective community engagement between those groups. 
  • Demonstrated experience with coordinating, managing and evaluating a range of community-based programs and events. 
  • Demonstrated well developed interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to share, deliver and promote awareness and understanding of issues faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and an ability to advocate for social justice outcomes for the communities you represent. 
  • Demonstrated experience in applying for and managing grants, budgets, sponsorship and partnerships. 
  • A high level of proficiency in Microsoft Office and experience using web-based programs as a tool to promote community initiatives. 
  • Demonstrated ability to apply EEO, OH&S and ethical practice principles and to act with probity at all times.


For further information on this position, please contact Jenny Fink Executive Manager of Learning and Community Hubs on 0438 344 586

How to Apply

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