Program Support Officer, Community and Partnerships (DAP)

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Department: Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action
Work Type: Ongoing - flexible
Job Function: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Classification: VPSG3
Work Location: Melbourne - Eastern Metro
Reference: VG/-50926729
Closing Date: 02-Apr-2023
Salary Range: $73,842 - $89,661
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: DEECA Position Description January 2023 - VPS3 - 50926729.docx (Word, 970KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Lynette Plenderleith

Position Details

The Program Support Officer is based in the Aboriginal Partnerships Team, while also providing support to the broader Community and Partnerships Branch.

The position will focus on supporting strong partnerships with Traditional Custodians in the Port Phillip region and supporting the Aboriginal Partnerships Team to deliver a range of programs under Pupangarli Marnmarnepu ‘Owning Our Future' – Aboriginal Self-Determination Reform Strategy 2020-2025.

Key responsibilities include: supporting high-quality delivery of project and engagement requests between the Department and Traditional Custodians groups that the Port Phillip Region overlaps; a strong administrative support function with the organisation required to support internal relationships and external partnerships with Traditional Custodian groups; and provide support as requested to the broader Community and Partnerships teams. The position will engage with the Region's Cultural Heritage Team and Cultural Burn Officer to support a consistent approach to engaging with Traditional Custodian groups in the Region.

The Community and Partnerships Program Officer will have the opportunity to join various networks while working at the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA). These include the Aboriginal Staff Network, the Port Phillip Region First Custodians Network, and others, along with additional opportunities for training and career advancement provided by the Department.

This is designated position under s.12 Special Measures of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010. Only Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are eligible to apply.

Specialist/Technical Expertise/Qualifications

  • Qualifications and / or experience related to Aboriginal Engagement and community engagement is desirable.

This is an ongoing position. The work location for this position is Knoxfield but also flexible within Victoria with hybrid work arrangements available.

To be considered for this position, applicants are encouraged to submit a resume and cover letter (no longer than 2 pages) summarising their skills and relevant experience.

For further information please refer to the attached position description.

Applications close at midnight on Sunday, 2 April 2023.

Other relevant information:

For this particular vacancy, priority consideration applies to Victorian Public Service (VPS) and select employees of the Victorian Public Sector who apply through the Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform.

Preferred candidates will be required to undertake pre-employment screening, including a Declaration and Consent form and a National Police Check.  Recruitment is subject to the prospective employee confirming their vaccination status as up to date (3 doses) or providing evidence that they are medically exempt.

A Diverse, Inclusive and Flexible Workplace

This position is designated for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people under s.12 Special Measures of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010. Confirmation of Aboriginality will be required for appointment to this position. Only Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are eligible to apply.

We recognise the significant responsibility to enable self-determination, be accountable to Traditional Owners and provide opportunities to strengthen First Peoples' connection to Country. We are committed to creating a culturally safe environment, where individuals feel safe, valued, and able to celebrate their culture, and spiritual and belief systems.

For general information about Aboriginal Employment at DEECA, please contact

We also understand that a balanced life is important to our employees. Talk to us about our flexible options such as working some days from home, starting early or late, working part time, job sharing or accessing paid or unpaid leave. 

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