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Senior Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Officer

Job no: V12347
Work type: Ongoing Full Time
Location: Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne
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.

Ahpra has a strong commitment to cultural safety for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and 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 building two-way relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders across the health sector and community.

Reporting to the Manager, Statutory Appointments, you’ll support the implementation of the Statutory Appointments Attraction and Selection Strategy 2021-2025 and the National Scheme’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Cultural Safety Strategy 2020-2025.

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.

You’ll be required to work with a range of key internal and external stakeholders.

Success in this role derives from:

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 has a strong commitment to cultural safety for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and 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 building two-way relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders across the health sector and community.

Reporting to the Manager, Statutory Appointments, you’ll support the implementation of the Statutory Appointments Attraction and Selection Strategy 2021-2025 and the National Scheme’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Cultural Safety Strategy 2020-2025.

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.

You’ll be required to work with a range of key internal and external stakeholders.

Success in this role derives 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;
  • 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:

  • Demonstrated experience in successfully leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander engagement projects and providing advice at an advanced level.
  • Demonstrated ability to build consensus in complex and multi-stakeholder environments, including the ability to escalate issues appropriately, collaborate on solutions and provide thoughtful recommendations and advice.
  • Well-developed strategic thinking and ability to identify opportunities, plan, execute and review in a way which delivers on strategic outcomes and increases impact.
  • Highly developed interpersonal, influencing and relationship building

skills, including an ability to communicate effectively and persuasively with stakeholders, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders.

  • Experience working in a regulatory or compliance-focused environment would be an advantage.
  • Ability to work autonomously, as well as part of a team.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively and effectively as part of a small team environment, be self-motivated, show initiative and remain open to new ways of working.
  • 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 RD Senior Indigenous Engagement Officer - Statutory Appointments (final).pdf

What's on offer

  • This is a permanent work level 6 position.
  • Flexible 3 days working from home with 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 $104,576 per annum plus superannuation.

How to Apply

Click ‘Apply Now’ after viewing the role descriptor 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 contact Anthony McEachran on 02 6195 2608 or Majella Casson on 07 3149 6998 via email at Majella.casson@ahpra.gov.au    

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