Aboriginal Community Development Officer

Date Posted: 2 Feb 2024

Permanent Part-time working 38 hours per fortnight (Job #01376)

$97k - $101k pro rata + 11% Super – dependent on relevant experience, skills and knowledge

The City of Onkaparinga considers that being Aboriginal or a Torres Strait Islander is a genuine occupational requirement for this position under sub-section 56(2) of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (SA) and applications are invited from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people only.

  • Engage Aboriginal communities, to support identified community needs and opportunities
  • Plan & deliver culturally safe events, activities and projects which support nurturing identity, share knowledge and increase social connection.
  • Use community development approaches to develop and support new initiatives which celebrate and showcase communities cultural heritage


The role of an Aboriginal Community Development Officer is multifaceted, requiring a combination of leadership, cultural sensitivity, organisational skills, and a deep understanding of the unique strengths and challenges of the Aboriginal community within our city. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to lead this important work in our community.


About the position

The Aboriginal Community Development Officer plays a crucial role in supporting and enhancing the well-being of the Aboriginal community through various programs and initiatives.

The Aboriginal Community Development Officer is responsible for the development and implementation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community projects, initiatives and events that contribute to community capacity building, fostering leadership and enhance social connection within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in our city.

The Aboriginal Community Development Officer will work with various stakeholders including residents, community groups and businesses to deliver a range of opportunities for community.


About you

Working as part of a collaborative team in a fast-paced and fun environment – your energy, positivity and passion for community development will enable you to deliver successful outcomes for our community.

You will be organised, have excellent time management skills, and professional verbal and written communication skills.

With strong experience in working with Elders, Traditional Custodians, community leaders, delivering cultural events and activities, and facilitating yarning groups, to support meaningful outcomes with and for community.

You will be familiar with working autonomously, while having the ability to work within a team, and collaborate effectively with a range of internal and external stakeholders.


Key Selection Criteria:

  • Community Engagement: Foster positive relationships within the Aboriginal community and establish partnerships with local organisations, government agencies, and other stakeholders.
  • Program Development: Identify community needs and develop programs and initiatives to address these needs.
  • Cultural Preservation: Work to preserve and promote Aboriginal culture and traditions by organising events, workshops, and activities that celebrate and showcase the community's cultural heritage.
  • Networking: Build and maintain a network of contacts within the Aboriginal community, as well as with external organisations and agencies that can contribute to community development goals.


Working for council

Some of the benefits of working with us include:

  •          Competitive salary
  •          Generous leave entitlements including three additional paid days over Christmas
  •          Flexible ways of working
  •          Free parking
  •          Fun and energetic team
  •          Salary sacrificing options.


If, after reading the position description you have any queries, or require further information please contact Jason Haskett, Team Leader Arts, Reconciliation and Cultural Development on 0408 956 849.

Applicants will be assessed based on their ability to demonstrate relevant experience for the position and alignment with the City of Onkaparinga’s Values and Behaviours.

To apply please submit a resume and cover letter telling us how your skills and experience meet the Key Selection Criteria detailed within this advertisement, as well as copies of any relevant qualifications. Please use the four criteria as headings in your cover letter.

The City of Onkaparinga advises that the recruitment process includes a medical assessment, confirmation of experience and stated qualifications. The successful applicant must possess and provide a current Department of Human Services (DHS) ‘Not Prohibited’ Working with Children Check prior to offer of employment.


Applications close – 5pm Monday 12 February 2024

Position Description

5:00 PM

Theme picker