Position Details
Reference Number 13985
Position Title Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Development Officer
Job Type/Status Permanent Part Time
Salary Range $84,315.16 pro rata
Group/Unit Communities/Child, Youth and Family Care
Classification Band 6
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  • Permanent part-time.
  • Exciting opportunity to build a self-determining Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community
  • This is an identified position for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and is exempt under the Special Measure Provision, section 12(1) of the Equal Opportunity Act 2011 (Vic). 

With approximately 1100 employees, MPS is a busy and vibrant workplace. Our primary sites are located at Rosebud, Mornington and Hastings, with additional facilities across the Shire. MPS delivers over 80 individual services to our diverse community.



This role is responsible for the following dimensions:


The position is situated within the Shire’s Family Services and Community Planning Unit in the Social Planning & Community Development Team’s Warringinee Group and reports to the Senior Social Planner, Aboriginal Cultural and Community Development.


The Warringinee Group promotes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community participation by facilitating partnerships with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, Council, government agencies and other organisations.


Key Responsibility Areas

The Shire is committed to supporting the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community collaborating with other support agencies to promote services, facilities, programs and opportunities that foster Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community health and wellbeing. 


The Shire is also committed to reconciliation through implementing a range of cultural awareness initiatives throughout each calendar year. 


To this end, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Development Officer is specifically responsible for implementing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Development portfolio which is mentioned above.


1.     Stakeholder Engagement and Management

  • Maintain professional working relationship between the Mornington Peninsula Shire, Traditional Custodians, Willum Warrain Aboriginal Association, Baluk Arts and other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled organisations. This involves working in collaboration on events, programs and projects when required within the Mornington Peninsula Shire, Frankston City Council, City of Kingston, City of Casey and Dandenong council areas.
  • Seek out and apply for external funding opportunities.

 2.     Community Development and Cultural Activities

  • Implementation, support and collaboration of annual Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community events, programs and projects such as Reconciliation week, NAIDOC week and Harmony week.
  • Support community participation in decision making and community development activities while applying a broad range of community development and engagement processes and practices to implement these strategies.
  • Provide support in the implementation of key community actions with councils Reconciliation Action Plan
  • Promote and support Cultural Awareness and reconciliation to address access and equity issues of service delivery to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

3.     Administrative Responsibilities

  • Ability to produce detailed plans with clearly defined objectives and actions for achieving them, monitor performance against objectives, managing risks and issues and ensuring unit business plan objectives are met.
  • Responsible for producing the Warringinee Newsletter, fact sheets and other publications as required.
  • Maintain Warringinee Group’s web content and Facebook page
  • The position will be required to provide monthly reports and attend council meetings when required.
  • Responsible for managing queries made through Warringinee Group e-mail.

4. General

  • Participate in team activities and Shire programs as required.
  • Other duties as directed.

 Specialist knowledge and skills

  • A high level of appropriate professional skills will be expected from the incumbent.
  • Demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively with local Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander organisations.
  • Experience in managing projects within an allocated budget.
  • Managing project progress and adapt work as required.
  • Have extensive knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and community health and well-being.
  • Understanding of the contextual aspirations of both the Traditional Owner community and local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
  • Demonstrated experience and ability to understand and work within a complex community services sector.
  • Competence with computer skills in particular Microsoft Office and e-mail.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and organise small to medium sized community events.
  • Expected to work within the timelines and within a team structured environment.


Interpersonal Skills   

  • Manage workload to a high standard.
  • Ability to work autonomously or as part of a team.
  • Ability to ‘Walk in both Worlds’ having strong and effective communication skills, being able to facilitate the development of working relationships involving staff from mainstream and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled organisations.
  • Able to accurately assess the political environment.
  • High level of verbal and written communication skills and an ability to use persuasion and influencing skills.
  • Maintain internal/external contacts and networks.
  • Work collegiately with other team members, the community and other stakeholders.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including experience in writing clear concise reports.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and address conflicts and negotiate agreements in contentious areas.


Management Skills

  • High level of problem solving and decision-making abilities.


Qualifications & Experience 

  • A tertiary qualification in Social Sciences, Community Development or an appropriate field of endeavour and/or extensive experience in the field of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander community development.
  • Demonstrated experience in supporting public participation in decision making and community development activities including utilising community assets and strengths and the skills and abilities of local people and groups to achieve community goals.
  • Extensive experience in planning, implementing and evaluating community engagement and community planning activities with proven leadership, research and evaluation skills.

Skills & Experience


The successful candidate will:

  • Have the ability to build behind the scenes support for ideas to ensure buy-in and ownership.
  • Involve experts or third parties to strengthen commitment.
  • Have creative ideas and can project how these link to innovations.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the stakeholder’s organisational context to ensure outcomes are achieved.
  • Demonstrate project management skills including planning, design, implementation and evaluation.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with people of all levels.
  • Forge relationships with people across the organisation; builds trust through consistent actions, values and communication.
  • Identify and proposes workable solutions to problems.
  • Implement solutions, evaluates effectiveness and adjusts actions as required.
  • Hold an Employee Working with Children Check (mandatory)
  • Be prepared to undertake an Australian Criminal History Check (mandatory)
  • Hold a current Driver's Licence (mandatory)




  •  High level written and oral communication skills are required for this position. 


Contact details

For a confidential discussion about this exciting opportunity, please contact Deb Mellett, Senior Social Planner, Aboriginal Cultural and Community Development Officer.  Ph: 03 5950 1641 or 0438 744 968.


Please submit your application, including a cover letter and resume, by 12 noon, Friday 21st December, 2018.   


Please note: This is an identified position for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and is exempt under the Special Measure Provision, section 12(1) of the Equal Opportunity Act 2011 (Vic). 


Mornington Peninsula Shire acknowledges and pays respect to the Boon Wurrung / Bunurong people, the traditional custodians of these lands and waters.

Agency applications will not be accepted for this position.
Contact Person Deborah Mellett
Contact Number 0438744968
Closing Date 21/12/2018

Position will close 12.00 noon
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