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Senior Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communications and Media Advisor

Job no: V13092
Work type: Fixed Term Full Time
Location: Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, Sydney
Categories: Communications and Media

Ahpra considers that being Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander is a genuine occupational requirement for this position. This position is only open to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants in accordance with relevant Commonwealth, State and Territory legislation.

Ahpra's overall purpose is to protect the public by regulating health practitioners efficiently and effectively in the public interest to facilitate access to safer healthcare for all the community. Ahpra and the National Scheme, in partnership with the National Scheme's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Strategy Group (the Strategy Group) have committed to eliminating racism within healthcare in Australia.

Ahpra, as the health practitioner regulator, aims to make patient safety the norm for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples by ensuring registered health practitioners are practising their profession in a culturally safe way.

About the Role

You’ll be responsible for leading the communications to support the National Scheme’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Cultural Safety Strategy 2020-2025.

Reporting to the Manager, Media and Digital and working closely with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Strategy Unit (HSU), you’ll provide strategic communications advice and develop communications strategies and collateral to support culturally safe healthcare for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.

Success in this role derives from:

  • your ability to elevate Ahpra’s profile within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities by raising awareness of our commitment to cultural safety and eliminating racism from healthcare with layered communication strategies
  • your strong connection to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, communities, culture and working, knowing and living as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person.


As the ideal candidate you will demonstrate the following:

  • A strong understanding, demonstration of, and respect for, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, cultures and cultural safety.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including an ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated experience in providing strategic communications advice in a complex and fast-moving stakeholder and media environment.
  • Excellent written communication skills and experience developing content across various channels.
  • Highly developed ability to successfully manage multiple projects, completing deadlines and high-volume workloads.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively as part of a virtual team environment and also show initiative and work independently when required.
  • Degree level qualification in communications, an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander or related discipline, and/or equivalent experience working in communications or engagement.

You can review the role descriptor here: Download File Senior Indigenous Communications and Engagement Advisor (CL6) - Feb 23.pdf

What’s on offer

  • This is a 12-month contract at Ahpra level 6, with the possibility for extension.
  • Flexible 3 days working from home, 2 days in the office.
  • Access to an Indigenous Employee Assistance Program.
  • Support and access to an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff network.
  • Access to a formal mentoring program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff.
  • Cultural leave entitlements, as part of the Ahpra Enterprise Agreement.
  • Attractive salary of $107,713 per annum plus superannuation.

How to apply

Click ‘Apply Now’ after viewing the role description to submit your application.

Your application must include a CV and a cover letter (maximum of two pages) outlining your skills and experience relevant to the requirements in the role descriptor.

For any queries or a confidential discussion regarding this position, please Rachael Davies on 0421 317 062 or Grant McArthur on 0439 878 494 via email at   

Please note applications will be screened and shortlisted during the advertising period.  Should we receive suitable candidates during this time, the advertising period will cease. 

Offer of employment is subject to successful background (pre-employment screening) and Criminal History checks. 

Ahpra requires all employees to comply with Ahpra policies, including the COVID-19 Vaccination policy and Flexible working policy


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Applications close: E. Australia Standard Time

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