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SURRY HILLS 2010, NSW, Australia

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Senior Adviser, North Queensland Branch


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The Opportunity
Senior Advisers play a key executive leadership role in delivering on the NIAA purpose to assist the Australian government achieve its objectives in improving the lives of Indigenous Australians by leading the development of the Commonwealth’s approach, focusing on place, working in partnership and effectively delivering programs through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy.

The Senior Adviser role: 
  • is an engagement position leading a place focused team working with a range of stakeholders to develop and implement policy and program proposals that demonstrably meet the needs of Indigenous communities;
  • supports the NIAA, and the Australian Government achieve its objects in improving the lives of Indigenous Australians by leading the development of the Commonwealth’s approach, focusing on place, working in partnership and effectively delivering programs through the Indigenous Advancements Strategy (IAS);
  • has strong engagement with Indigenous Australians, services providers, all levels of government and industry to co-design and implement local solutions that contribute to Closing the Gap outcomes and priority reforms that maximise the impact of IAS funding;
  • is a leader in place-based practice, co-designing local solutions, intelligence gathering and building the evidence base;
  • will be required to have the cultural and technical skills to be effective in community engagement in a way that ensure the community voice is accurately heard. Where gaps in regional service delivery are identified you will bring stakeholders together to develop tailored options to ensure that local community needs are met;
  • will drive and provide guidance to the team on the development of program proposals as well as assessing them for impact on economic and social opportunities for Indigenous Australians;
  • will also lead teams which develop the policy evidence base against which to test policy and program ideas;
  • will ensure that effective and efficient co-design exercises involve key community members, to ensure that priorities identified for investment meet community need;
  • will have a sound understanding of the policy development process, key initiatives including the Closing the Gap and Indigenous Voice and be able to work flexibly between community and policy environments.
Our Ideal Candidate

Our ideal candidates embody the NIAA values and behaviours - respecting multiple perspectives, authenticity, an approach underpinned by professionalism and integrity, committed to investing in each other’s success and a purposeful approach to delivering the Government’s agenda to improve the lives of Indigenous people.

To fill the roles, we are looking for employees who can demonstrate the following competencies:
  • High level of cultural acumen and understanding of the issues affecting Indigenous Australians.
  • Strong engagement and stakeholder management skills.
  • Demonstrated analytical, research and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated high level written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to identify emerging opportunities or issues and respond quickly to competing priorities as they emerge.
  • Ability to ensure that the right conditions for effective co-design are created in community engagement.
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake complex analysis and apply significant judgement in choosing a course of action in response to highly complex or sensitive issues.
  • Demonstrated flexibility, good judgement and political nous.
  • Demonstrated proactive leadership across all APS levels that provides staff with tools and expectations to deliver high quality outcomes that contribute to the NIAA’s purpose.
  • Ability to manage staff and ensure their community and stakeholder engagement complies with relevant legislation, guidance materials and policy frameworks.
This position requires regular travel to remote communities utilising four wheel drive vehicles.
What We Offer:
  • We are an Agency with significant autonomy, national reach, and due to our size can move fast.
  • We offer a space where you can bring your ideas and your enthusiasm for helping people.
  • We offer an attractive remuneration package, including generous employer superannuation contributions and a flexible, diverse and inclusive workplace for you to develop your expertise and achieve your ambitions.
  • Remote Locality Allowance including an annual airfare applies for the Mount Isa position. Assistance with housing for the Mount Isa position is also available
  • To be eligible for this position you must be an Australian Citizen.
  • The occupant must be able to obtain and maintain a Baseline Vetting (Protected) level security clearance, or hold a current security clearance of an appropriate level. 
  • The successful candidate will be required to be assessed through our pre-employment screening checks, such as an Australian Criminal History Check 
The filling of this vacancy is intended to constitute an affirmative measure under section 8(1) of the 'Racial Discrimination Act 1975'. This vacancy is only available to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait people.
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  Thursday 2 June 2022 at 11:30pm AEST..  

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Full time, Part time


Cairns, QLD, Australia


Senior Adviser, North Queensland Branch






$129,786 - $154,467 per year