ILUA Manager (Identified role - Indigenous)

Date Posted: 23 Nov 2023

Location: Geraldton, WA, AU | Perth, WA, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity

  • Be part of support to the international SKA project which will revolutionise our understanding of the Universe.
  • Lead CSIRO’s engagement with the Wajarri Yamaji, Traditional Owners and native title holders of the Observatory where the SKA telescope is being built. 
  • Help CSIRO in preservation and protection of Aboriginal Cultural Heritage and delivery of commitments in the Indigenous Land Use Agreement.


CSIRO plays a leading role in one of the world’s largest radio astronomy projects: the SKA (Square Kilometre Array). The SKA telescopes will revolutionise our understanding of the Universe and the laws of fundamental physics. Enabled by cutting‐edge technology, the SKA promises to have a major impact on society, in science and beyond.
The SKA‐Low telescope is being built by the SKA Observatory (SKAO) at Inyarrimanha Ilgari Bundara, the CSIRO Murchison Radio‐astronomy Observatory (the Observatory) on Wajarri Yamaji country in Western Australia. 


CSIRO’s Site Entity team manages the Observatory on behalf of the nation, which encompasses land management, radio quiet protections and the Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA). The Site Entity is also tasked with the preparation of other facilities to support construction and operation of SKA‐Low: at the Observatory in WA’s Murchison Shire, in Geraldton, and in Perth.

As the ILUA Manager, you will be a key member of the Site Entity’s leadership team with oversight of all aspects of CSIRO’s obligations under the ILUA and associated Cultural Heritage Management Plan (CHMP). 
The role will be responsible for assisting CSIRO to work with the Wajarri Yamaji Native Title Common law holders and the Traditional Owners’ representative body, the Wajarri Yamaji Aboriginal Corporation (WYAC) a Registered Native Title Body Corporate (RNTBC), on the preservation and protection of Aboriginal Cultural Heritage and delivery of commitments embodied in the ILUA.

This includes maintaining close relationships with key stakeholders in the Wajarri Yamaji community and WYAC; within SKAO, its contractors and other Observatory tenants; in government; and in CSIRO.

The role involves understanding and translating ILUA requirements into readily understood project requirements and delivering, or overseeing delivery of, and reporting on, ILUA obligations. 

Your duties will include:

  • Developing and leading long-term relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Acting as a respected and influential voice on matters pertaining to implementation of the ILUA, the preservation and protection of Aboriginal Cultural Heritage in interactions with WYAC, committees and other Traditional Owner bodies and individuals, State and Australian government and agencies, SKAO, and CSIRO.
  • Developing and maintaining a sound understanding of obligations within the ILUA and CHMP.
  • Extracting and defining obligations from the ILUA, CHMP and relevant legislation, and working with others to translate these into business cases / project plans.
  • Negotiating the terms of contracts or project scope in support of delivering on CSRIO’s ILUA commitments.
  • Developing work plans, allocating, monitoring resources and achieving outcomes.
  • Engaging, procuring, and coordinating services via CSIRO Procurement and, where appropriate, via the RNTBC (WYAC), or by Wajarri Yamaji contracting entities. 
  • Taking the lead in identifying solutions for potentially conflicting issues or conflicting obligations, liaising with stakeholders and managing dispute resolution.
  • Attending ILUA Liaison Committee meeting as an observer, representing CSIRO.
  • Representing CSIRO at Heritage Protection Committee meetings and presenting proposals or reporting on delivery of CHMP objective.
  • Representing CSIRO in other external forums, as required, including in public, with industry, the Wajarri Yamaji community, or with Government.   
  • Maintaining confidentiality when dealing with personal, commercially sensitive, or culturally sensitive information.


Location: Perth or Geraldton, Western Australia

Salary: AU$121,455‐ AU$142,321 pa (pro‐rata for part time) plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Indefinite, Full-time. Part-time (no less than 30 hrs/week) or job-share arrangement will be considered.

Reference: 95231


To be considered you will need:


  • Tertiary qualifications in a relevant discipline, and/or equivalent experience in consulting, law, or project management.
  • An ability to travel to remote locations within Western Australia on a regular basis (anticipated as monthly).
  • Demonstrated track-record of genuine consideration of Traditional Owners and Custodians as part of a project process and demonstrated experience engaging, interacting, and co-operatively working with Traditional Owners and RNTBCs. 
  • Experience representing an organisation and/or project team in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities and respectfully delivering against organisational objectives.
  • A proven ability to establish and maintain co-operative relationships in a complex, multifaceted environment, anticipating potential issues and leading delivery of effective resolutions to complex problems. 
  • Sound judgement, a proven ability to maintain confidentiality, and a demonstrated ability to deal with ambiguity and adapt to changing circumstances, with the capacity for self-motivation and self-management. 
  • Possession of an Australian Class ‘C’ driver’s license (or equivalent).


  • Experience and knowledge of cultural heritage obligations under Indigenous Land Use Agreements and Commonwealth and Western Australian Legislation.
  • Experience working in remote environments and knowledge of construction practices and management, preferably within the Commonwealth framework.
  • Experience in tender preparation and management, preferably within the Commonwealth framework.


For full details about this role please review the Position Description



The position is only open to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples with Australian Citizenship. 
CSIRO considers the filling of this position is intended to constitute a special/equal opportunity/affirmative measure under section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth). 

Successful candidates are required to provide evidence to confirm that they are an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person.

Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

The successful candidate must be willing and able to travel to remote locations within Western Australia on monthly basis.


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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.


Applications Close

22nd December 2023, 11:00pm AEST/AEDT

11:00 PM

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