Senior Adviser, Aboriginal Self Determination

Have a passion for driving Aboriginal self-determination and want to enhance your knowledge of the Victorian Planning System?
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Department: Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Work Type: Fixed term - flexible
Job Function: Planning
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/50942039
Closing Date: 10-Oct-2021
Salary Range: $102,637 - $124,183
Job Duration: until 30 June 2023
Attachments: DELWP Aboriginality Form July 2021.docx (Word, 157KB)
Job Specification

PD 50942039 - Senior Adviser, Aboriginal Self Determination.docx (Word, 175KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Alana Macwhirter
0428 557 451

Position Details

To be successful in the role you will lead, drive and coordinate legislative and non-legislative Planning portfolio reform actions, incorporate with the Traditional Owner values in the Planning System and support Aboriginal self-determination.

The role will suit a proactive and self-motivated person who is passionate about driving reform to support Aboriginal self-determination and will work to strengthen capability and knowledge in the Planning Group. The successful candidate will work collaboratively across the portfolio, bringing together a range of ideas and innovations to support and strengthen self-determination.  You will possess a sound knowledge of Victoria's planning environment and have demonstrated outstanding stakeholder engagement skills.

Specialist/Technical Expertise/Qualifications

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in the Victorian Planning System.
  • Stakeholder engagement experience, including with Traditional Owners and Victorian Aboriginal communities.

This is a fixed term position available for a period until 30 June 2023.

To be considered for this position, your application should include a supporting statement demonstrating that you meet the Key Selection Criteria detailed in the position description, including the Specialist/Technical Expertise/Qualifications and capabilities sections. 

For further information please refer to the attached position description.

Applications close at midnight on Sunday, 10 October 2021.

Other relevant information:

Preferred candidates will be required to undertake pre-employment screening, including a Declaration and Consent form and a National Police Check.

This position is designated for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people under s.12 Special Measures of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010. Interested applicants will be asked to supply a completed confirmation of Aboriginality Form or a copy of a past completed form. 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 DELWP, please contact




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