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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Regulatory Officer (Registration)

Job no: V13061
Work type: Ongoing Full Time
Location: Brisbane, Sydney
Categories: Registration

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 supporting the development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander registered practitioners across 16 health professions. Increasing Indigenous health workforce participation is a key deliverable for Ahpra and registering to practice is a critical interface to achieving that.

Reporting to the Senior Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Regulatory Officer (Registration), you’ll be positioned within the National Registration Team and support the implementation of the Strategy and work across the registration function to embed cultural safety into the business and operations of Ahpra and in the healthcare system.

You’ll work with the Senior Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Regulatory Officer (Registration) to provide specialist registration advice and achieve project deliverables. Both Identified Registration Officer roles will 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 support activities to embed cultural safety expertise by:

  • providing support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants and registrants;
  • informing continuous improvement of policies and processes;
  • supporting relationships with employers, professional associations and other key stakeholders in the health sector in support of critical health workforce needs that affect community.

You’ll work in collaboration with an extensive range of key internal and external stakeholders.

Success in this role derives from:

  • the ability to effectively manage a caseload of applicants/registrants with strong customer service whilst gaining a detailed understanding of the National Law and internal registration practices and processes;
  •  your strong connection to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, communities and culture and working, knowing and living as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person.

As the ideal candidate you will demonstrate the following:

  • Qualifications and/or experience in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector would be highly regarded.
  • Well-developed interpersonal, influencing and relationship-building skills, including an ability to communicate effectively and persuasively with stakeholders, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders.
  • Possesses a thorough understanding, demonstration of, and strong respect for, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and cultural safety.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively as part of a team environment and also show initiative and work independently when required.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply legislative, policy and procedural requirements as they relate to a regulatory environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply advanced problem-solving, analytical and conceptual skills and exercise judgment and resolve issues independently.
  • Demonstrated written communication skills.
  • Quality organisational skills including excellent time management skills plus the ability to prioritise workload in response to time critical targets.
  • Some interstate travel will be required

You can review the role descriptor here:  RD Indigenous Regulatory Officer.pdf

What's on offer

  • This is a permanent work level 3 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 $72,302 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 Chantelle Bastow on 02 8281 2241 or Majella Casson on 07 3149 6998 via email at  

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