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SURRY HILLS 2010, NSW, Australia

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Advisers, Economic, Policy, Indigenous


Job Description:

The Opportunity:
Applications are sought for a number of positions at the APS5 and APS6 level.

The roles can be fast paced, but also involve thinking long-term and across a range of contexts. You will play an important part in a team, providing high level advice to business areas, the Executive and the Minister for Indigenous Australians. You will also be involved in thinking creatively, influencing decisions, and understanding the broader strategic environment.

Activities across the Branches will include policy development, program design, grants management, procurement, budget oversight, research, evaluations, consultations, compliance and interdepartmental liaison. These are exciting opportunities for high performing officers to contribute to the future direction of Indigenous Australians.

The successful candidate/s will be expected to:
  • Continuously develop their understanding of issues, including employment issues, affecting Indigenous Australians.
  • Be culturally competent and make an ongoing commitment to continual development of cultural competency skills.
  • Manage competing priorities in a fast paced environment.
  • Demonstrate strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Engage effectively with a range of stakeholders.
  • Manage a variety of tasks, including urgent tasks and those over a long project period.
  • Assist in the preparation of correspondence, Senate Estimates and Question Time Briefs.
  • Develop strategic policy advice to inform Ministers and Senior Executive.
  • Design and implement new programs.
  • Consult with stakeholders on new approaches to investment.
  • Develop and maintain productive relationships across Government
  • Contribute to policy co-design processes and other Indigenous stakeholder engagement.
An overview of who we are and the work we do is outlined below.
Business and Economic Policy
The Business and Economic Policy Branch has responsibility for facilitating the growth of the Indigenous business sector, including through the implementation of demand side policies and programs (e.g. the Indigenous Procurement Policy) and supply side support through the Indigenous Business Sector strategy. This includes providing support to the Indigenous business sector to access advice and financial support to start-up and grow their businesse and the development of policy and delivery of programs that support Indigenous small businesses and economic development including in remote Australia. Additionally, the branch works across government to drive demand for Indigenous employment and supplier use (particularly leveraging large infrastructure investment) and influences emerging policy priorities, including increased international engagement to share learnings between governments and Indigenous business leaders, and to inform domestic policy.

CDP Strategy Branch
The Community Development Program (CDP) is Australia’s remote employment and community development program. CDP supports job seekers in remote Australia to build skills, address barriers and contribute to their communities through a range of flexible activities. CDP is the biggest program managed by the NIAA, covering 75 per cent of Australia’s land mass. There are currently more than 40,000 people on the CDP caseload, which has supported participants into almost 35,000 jobs since it commenced.

Employment Branch 
Employment Branch leads Indigenous-specific employment policy and programs that support Indigenous Australians in order to close the gap in Indigenous employment. The Branch works closely with Australian Government agencies and external stakeholders to improve employment outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Housing Branch
Housing Branch works in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and state and territory governments across the housing spectrum, to address overcrowding and ensure access to quality housing and equity in accommodation and financial services. The Branch is responsible for Indigenous housing policy and related infrastructure and implementation of housing agreements with states and territories, This includes the National Partnership for Remote Housing Northern Territory and infrastructure delivery, including the Borroloola and Ampilatwatja projects, as well as alterative remote housing models to support greater Indigenous voice and ownership of housing delivery, such as remote housing with the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Councils. The Branch leads on the community housing sector and home ownership, including through its policy oversight of Aboriginal Hostels Limited and Indigenous Business Australia, and leads the whole of government Commonwealth Rights and Interests in Indigenous Grant fund Property project. The Branch is also the project lead for projects funded through Outcome 1.5 of the IAS and provides an infrastructure advisory service to infrastructure projects delivered by other areas of the Agency.

Land Branch 
We are responsible for providing funding to native title holders through their related organisations and to a national system of representative bodies under the Native Title Act 1993. In the Northern Territory we have special responsibilities under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976, including funding for land councils, administration of the Aboriginals Benefit Account, related beneficial grants and finalisation of unresolved land claims. Together with Land Policy Branch, we work with Land Councils and native title organisations to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people achieve recognition of the rights and interest in land and waters and support achievement of their social, cultural and economic aspirations.

Land Policy and Environment Branch
We enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to conserve, protect and manage their Country for the benefit of their communities and all Australians through the Indigenous Ranger and IPA programs. The IPAs now cover more than 67 million hectares, contributing almost half of Australia’s National Reserve System. These programs provide meaningful employment for almost 3,000 Indigenous Australians in land and sea management.
NIAA has a set of values and behaviours that underpin how we work. They are what defines the organisation and apply to every NIAA employee. To be successful working at NIAA, you will embody these values and behaviours through your everyday actions.
Our shared NIAA Values are:
  • We respect multiple perspectives
  • We are authentic
  • We are professional and act with integrity
  • We invest in each other's success
  • We deliver with purpose and are focused on delivering the Government's agenda to improve the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Our Ideal Candidates:

The successful candidate/s will be expected to:
  • contribute to policy development
  • undertake research and prepare advice and correspondence
  • negotiate with grant recipients and other stakeholders
  • prepare briefing, reports and correspondence
  • consult across the NIAA, government and stakeholders.
Candidates will have:
  • An understanding of the complex social, economic or strategic policy issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and strong commitment to ongoing cultural capability development.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated experience working productively in team environments.
  • Be results-oriented and able to liaise effectively with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Highly developed written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to self-direct and bring your experience, strategic thinking and innovative ideas to improve policy, practice and workplace performance.
  • Be able to operate effectively as a member of a team
  • Be able to identify emerging opportunities or issues, and respond quickly to competing priorities as they emerge.
  • Have demonstrated analytical, research and problem solving skills.
What We Offer:
  • A flexible, diverse and inclusive workplace and attractive remuneration package including generous employer superannuation contributions,
  • Exciting and fulfilling work including career development and networking opportunities, 
  • The opportunity to work with strong, smart, visionary and experienced leaders who encourage and support you to develop your interests and expertise and achieve your ambitions.
To be eligible for employment with NIAA, applicants must be an Australian Citizen at the time of the vacancy closing.

Applicants must be able to obtain and maintain a Baseline security clearance, or hold a current security clearance of an appropriate level.

How to apply:
If this sounds like the opportunity you are looking for, we want to hear from you!  Submit an online application through the NIAA Careers page by 2 March 2021 at 11:30pm AEDT.

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Full time


Canberra, ACT, Australia


Advisers, Economic, Policy, Indigenous






$77,139 - $95,880 per year