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Senior Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Officer

Job no: V13252
Work type: Ongoing Full Time
Location: Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, Sydney
Categories: Strategy & Policy

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. 

Our 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. 

We, as the health practitioner regulator, aim 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 

We are currently recruiting a Senior Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Officer. This is a full-time position based in our Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, or Sydney office.  

You will be responsible for building two-way relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders in the National Scheme and across the health sector and community. 

Reporting to the Manager, Statutory Appointments, you will implement initiatives of the National Scheme’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Cultural Safety Strategy 2020-2025 (the Strategy) and develop a Statutory Appointments Attraction and Selection Strategy.  

This role will be fundamental in the development and implementation of a mentoring/support program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander board and committee members in the National Scheme. 

You will regularly collaborate and receive support from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 

Health Strategy Unit (HSU). The HSU is responsible for leading the implementation of the Strategy, the RAP and working with the Strategy Group. 

 Working with a range of key internal and external stakeholders, success in this role will come from your: 

  • ability to elevate Ahpra’s profile within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to attract interest in appointment to Boards and Committees within the National Scheme. 

  • 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: 

  • Demonstrated experience in successfully leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander engagement projects and providing advice at an advanced level. 

  • Experience working in health and/or a regulatory or compliance-focused environment. 

  • Well-developed strategic thinking and ability to identify opportunities, plan, execute and review in a way that delivers strategic outcomes and increases impact. 

  • Highly developed interpersonal, influencing and relationship building skills, including an ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders. 

  • Demonstrated ability to be self-motivated, show initiative and remain adaptable. 

  • Tertiary degree qualification in a relevant discipline, or equivalent level of experience in healthcare administration or a regulatory/compliance-focused environment. 

You can review the role descriptor here:  Download File Senior Indigenous Engagement Officer (CL6) - Jan 22 (002).pdf

This position has been designated for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people only under the provisions of section 126 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 


What’s on offer 

  • This is an ongoing role at Ahpra level 6 

  • 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 Payal Singh - Manager Statutory Appointments 

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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