Position Details
Reference Number 15255
Position Title Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Development Officer - Indigenous Identified
Job Type/Status Permanent Part Time
Salary Range $43.60/hr (Excl. Super)
Group/Unit Communities/Social Planning and Community Development
Classification Band 6
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The Mornington Peninsula Shire pays respect to the Boon Wurrung/Bunurong people, the traditional owners of these lands and waters and is home to approximately 1300 Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander residents. 


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Development Officer - Indigenous Identified

  • Permanent part-time
  • 30.4 hours per week
  • $43.60/hr (Excl. Super)
  • Open to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicants.

About the role

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.


Critical to this role is maintaining a collaborative relationship with other support agencies to promote services, facilities, programs and opportunities that foster Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community health and wellbeing and participate in a range of cultural awareness initiatives throughout each calendar year.


To be successful in this role you will be able to:

  • Maintain professional working relationships between the Mornington Peninsula Shire, Traditional Custodians, Willum Warrain Aboriginal Association, Baluk Arts and other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled organisations.
  • Collaborate on the development of events, programs and projects when required within the Mornington Peninsula Shire.
  • Implement, support and collaborate on 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.
  • Seek out and apply for external funding opportunities.
  • 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.
  • Produce and manage the distribution of the Warringinee Newsletter, fact sheets and other publications as required.
  • Maintain Warringinee Group’s web content and Facebook page.
  • Provide monthly reports and attend council meetings when required.
  • Manage queries made through Warringinee Group e-mail.
  • Provide Secretariat Support to Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group/s.
  • Participate in team activities and Shire programs as required.
  • Hold a current Driver's Licence
  • Hold an Employee Working with Children Check (mandatory)
  • Be prepared to undertake an Australian Criminal History Check (mandatory)

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 allocated budgets and timeframes.
  • Have extensive knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, community health and well-being.
  • Understand the contextual aspirations of both the Traditional Owner community and local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
  • A high level of understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History  
  • Have been exposed to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and spent time within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.  
  • Demonstrated experience and ability to understand and work within a complex community services sector.
  • Competence with computer skills including Microsoft Office and e-mail.
  • Have high level written, and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and organise small to medium sized community events.
  • Work and collaborate in a team structured environment.

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.

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 6pm, Monday 21st October 2019.


The position/s will only be open to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicants.

The filling of this position is intended to constitute a special/equal opportunity measure under section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth), s 12 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic) and s 8(4) of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Vic)

Agency applications will not be accepted for this position.
Contact Number 0438 744 968
Closing Date 21/10/2019

Position will close 6.00 pm
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