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Adviser - Strategy, Planning and Coordination


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The Opportunity:
The National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) has primary responsibility for Indigenous affairs policies and most Commonwealth Indigenous-specific policy and programmes across Australia. This reflects the Government’s priorities of ensuring better outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, with a particular focus on getting children to school, getting adults in jobs and making communities safer.

The NIAA briefs the Minister for Indigenous Affairs and consults extensively across the Australian Public Service (APS) to ensure that the advice provided draws on the most appropriate and up-to-date sources. The NIAA is also assuming a stronger leadership role in driving Indigenous affairs policy development and innovation across the APS. The NIAA is working with State and Territory Governments to deliver high priority initiatives in pursuit of the Government’s priorities.

The NIAA Regional Network comprises 12 regions across Australia, each reflecting unique cultures and languages. The NIAA Regional Network leads engagement with communities, other stakeholders and government agencies to drive outcomes in the Government’s three key Indigenous policy areas of getting children into school, getting adults into jobs and making communities safer. The NIAA Regional Network also manages the delivery of services to achieve outcomes in these areas through funded providers under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy. Funded providers are expected to work closely with Indigenous communities in the design and delivery of projects and services. Staff in the NIAA Regional Network also work closely with funded providers and communities to develop and implement local solutions to improve outcomes in the Government’s priority areas.

The NIAA Regional Network is overseen by a National Director who is accountable to the Government for delivering results on the ground. Local staff report to the National Director through their Regional Manager to promote increased responsiveness and quicker decisions both on the ground and at the national level.

There are also two support Branches, including this role, that work to ensure that the Regional Network works collaboratively with other areas in the NIAA, and across the APS more generally. Policy and Evidence roles Staff working in this function will have the primary responsibility for ensuring Indigenous Australians are included in the design and development of policy and programs that affect them. They will ensure that Indigenous Australians are supported to realise community priorities. Staff will use data to empower Indigenous Australians to have greater agency over their own future. Roles in this function will exercise leadership in testing and sharing innovative community-led solutions and will have a direct and valued influence in continuous improvement of the overall effectiveness of government policy and programs for Indigenous Australians. Staff in these roles will initiate and drive NIAA’s policy agenda in response to community and stakeholder needs, working with Programme area stakeholders.
Our Ideal Candidates:
You will make a significant and important contribution to strategic planning across the region and support the priorities of NIAA by helping to drive strategic projects, coordinating information requests, coordinating parliamentary advice and quality assuring this information before progressing it through clearance processes and submitting it in a timely manner to a high quality. You will also be expected to assist in undertaking consistent co-design activities in community as needed, assess a range of data sources to identify community needs and maintain good stakeholder connections across communities and Programme areas.
The role requires good analytical and conceptual skills and the ability to present complex data in simple forms. You have the ability to assess and resolve complex and sensitive issues that may impact on programme outcomes and develop creative solutions in partnership with the Regional Networks and relevant programme areas.

To fill the role, we are looking for employees who can demonstrate the following competencies:
  • A comprehensive understanding of Indigenous Affairs.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the dynamics and protocols of local Indigenous communities and the issues and interests of those communities.
  • Strong coordination, administrative and systems management skills.
  • Demonstrated analytical, research and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to work with a range of stakeholders from community to policy levels.
  • Ability to identify emerging opportunities or issues, and respond quickly to competing priorities as they emerge.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyse data from a range of sources and draw logical conclusions.
  • Demonstrated flexibility, good judgement and political nous.
  • Demonstrated proactive leadership that provides staff with tools and expectations to deliver high quality, client focused outcomes.
  • Oversee and monitor the administrative activities of staff members.
  • Ability to provide constructive management to staff with a focus on capability development of staff, team building and talent management.
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 Friday, 13 September 2019 at 11:30pm AEST.

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Full time


Cairns, QLD, Australia


Adviser - Strategy, Planning and Coordination






$83,647 - $94,000 per year