Community Development Officer - Aboriginal Liaison

Position Title: Community Development Officer - Aboriginal Liaison
Reference Number: 20240326/2209
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Warrnambool City Council is a child safe and equal opportunity employer committed to an equitable, diverse and socially inclusive work environment and a positive, barrier-free recruitment process.

Warrnambool City Council is committed to Reconciliation and has commenced its journey to develop its first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). Reporting to the Manager Strategic Community Planning and Policy, the Community Development Officer - Aboriginal Liaison will play a key role in working with internal and external stakeholders to develop and implement a range of initiatives designed to strengthen connections to this place, raise awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island culture and knowledge, and support the improvement of community health and wellbeing. The role will also work across Council to influence internal processes to embed best practice in relation to First People’s themes across the organisation through implementation of Council’s RAP that recognises and respects Australia’s First Peoples and their connection to the land, waterways, culture and community.

This position is responsible to build and strengthen the relationship between Council and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and communities to inform best practice planning, policy and program responses across Council. This is a crucial position in our Strategic Community Planning Department, where you will enhance awareness and understanding of societal issues, and work on meaningful projects, policies, and strategies to deliver culturally appropriate and inclusive services and programs across Warrnambool.


This is a temporary full time position (Band 5 – Salary scale circa: $71,931 - $81,772, commensurate with level of experience) for 12 months.


To succeed in this position you will:


  • Be able to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, their needs and relationships 
  • Have the ability coordinate the delivery of events and programs
  • Demonstrated ability to build and strengthen relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, communities and organisations.
  • Experience working with organisations to improve their cultural practices, through a range of strategies that promote a culturally safe and inclusive workplace.
  • Qualifications or relevant experience in social policy, community development or related discipline.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in partnership with diverse stakeholders in local communities to implement action plans, review, report and evaluation, adhering to timelines and budget requirements.


This is an identified role only open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. The filling of this position is intended to constitute equal opportunity measures under section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth), and Section 12 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic) and Section 8(4) of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Vic).



For enquiries relating to the role, please contact Ashish Sitoula, Manager Strategic Community Planning and Policy for a confidential discussion at 03 5559 4959 or


Submitting your application 

Please apply for the position by clicking apply now and completing the electronic application form.

Please note: only a Cover Letter and Resume are required to be submitted.

Use your cover letter to tell us more about you and how you are suited to the role; such as what your career aspirations are, or why you are looking to work at Warrnambool City Council.


Last date of application is Friday 5 April 2024 at 5.00pm.


Please note, that all prospective Warrnambool City Council employees will be required to undertake a medical assessment. Council also completes a range of other pre-employment checks which include reference checks and a criminal history check. For more information about the recruitment process, please visit