Manager, Aboriginal Engagement

The Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH) works hard to create equal opportunities for all Victorians to live a safe, respected and valued life.

Our areas of focus are child protection, housing, disability, the prevention of family violence, multicultural affairs, LGBTQI+ equality, veterans, women and youth. The work we do benefits thousands of Victorians, particularly those who are disadvantaged and vulnerable.

We work in a variety of community-based settings, including people's homes, residential facilities and secure settings across metropolitan, rural and regional Victoria.

We are committed to developing and supporting a workforce that is well equipped and highly motivated. All jobs can be worked flexibly, and we encourage applications from Aboriginal people and people from diverse backgrounds and abilities. .

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Job Details

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Department: Department of Families, Fairness and Housing
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Classification: VPSG6
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DFFH/CDS/630553
Closing Date: 30-Jan-2022
Salary Range: $125,893 - $168,473
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: 2022-01-14 630553 position description - VPS 6 Manager, Aboriginal Engagement .docx (Word, 229KB)

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Contact: Mikala Purton

Position Details


  • Are you  expertise and have  cultural knowledge to identify, implement and monitor actions to progress  our Aboriginal workforce strategy 2021-2026. 
  • Are you a team player able to build and maintain positive relationships with key Aboriginal stakeholders to achieve outcomes?
  • Highly organised with excellent communication, planning and problem-solving skills?

An exciting opportunity exists for a Manager, Aboriginal Engagement on a Full time -Ongoing basis in Corporate and Delivery Services.

The Corporate and Delivery Services division is responsible for delivering a range of strategic and operational services to clients, staff, ministerial offices, external agencies and funded organisations. It is an enabling division, supporting organisational development and performance improvement, delivering centralised finance and human resources services, management of industrial relations, the delivery of information technology services and communications plus procurement, contracting and business service functions to support the department and its Ministers to achieve their objectives. The division provides invaluable support and advice to its customer for corporate activities and is responsible for leading continuous service improvement and monitoring and reporting on the overall performance of the department's corporate functions.

The Manager, Aboriginal Engagement, provides strategic advice to strengthen Aboriginal employment and cultural safety across the department. You will apply your expertise and cultural knowledge to identify, implement and monitor actions to progress our commitment to the Aboriginal workforce strategy 2021 – 2026 and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Safety Framework, including coordinating internal governance. You will work with stakeholders from entry level to executive to influence and improve employment outcomes and build organisational cultural safety capability. The position will be part of the Aboriginal and Diversity Inclusion team and will work with the VPSC, with divisions, be part of the statewide virtual Aboriginal workforce team and provide peer support and referral to members of the Aboriginal Staff Network. The department wants to be an employer of choice for Aboriginal people and this role is a unique opportunity for you to bring your passion,  skills and lived experience to ensure the department is a leader in Aboriginal workforce inclusion. 

As our ideal candidate, you will be required to demonstrate.

  • Leadership
  • Influence and Negotiation
  • Written communication
  • Strategic capability
  • Stakeholder management 

For more information on the accountabilities and key selection criteria and qualification requirements for the role please refer to the Position Description attached.


The department is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its workers and clients. The department may require its employees to be fully vaccinated against preventable diseases such as the current coronavirus (COVID-19) based on Victorian Chief Health Officer's Directions as issued and updated from time to time. Vaccination requirements may differ from role to role based on their risk category and the duties performed. The department's policy (attached) outlines the risk categories and requirements for employees working for the department. Where relevant, proof of immunisation status may be required.  For this role, you are required to submit proof of vaccination prior to commencement. Please refer to the attached policy for more information - DFFH COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination policy.

Applicants are encouraged to apply online, submitting a cover letter and a current resume. Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats.
Please note, for this position, you are not required to address each of the key selection criteria in a separate written document.
Preferred candidates will be required to complete pre-employment screening, including a national police check and misconduct screening.
Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa. Work eligibility will be checked as part of the recruitment process.  
For more information on working with us and our recruitment process, please visit Department of Families, Fairness and Housing Victoria | Jobs (
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This is an Identified Aboriginal  and Torres Strait Islander Identified Position. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people can only apply.

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