Principal Advisor Aboriginal Engagement

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Permanent Full Time
Melbourne - Docklands

Our Organisation

We love water and love life. What we do makes a vital contribution to Melbourne’s famous lifestyle. We achieve this by supplying high quality drinking water, providing outstanding sewerage services, integrating drainage systems, building resilience to flooding and by enhancing our waterway and land for greater community use. It’s a pride we share in helping to make greater Melbourne a fantastic place to live.

The Role

Reporting to the Relationship Manager, Traditional Owners, you’ll have the opportunity to make a difference and add to our work environment, within a place where you can learn and perform to your fullest potential.

As the Principal Advisor, Aboriginal Engagement you’ll be responsible for developing and implementing strategic programs and initiatives to enhance Melbourne Water’s engagement with Traditional Owner groups and the broader Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Victoria.

In this role you will also influence key internal and external stakeholders to deliver strategic outcomes for the organization, community and stakeholder groups.

This is a designated position established as a special measure under Section 12 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010.

Only Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are eligible for this position.

Make an Impact 

Become part of a talented and passionate team dedicated to enhancing life and liveability in Melbourne and beyond. Doing truly meaningful work in a supportive and inclusive culture that encourages you to make the most of your talents.

We provide a range of employee benefits that will make your experience working at Melbourne Water both professionally and personally rewarding.


Melbourne Water is committed to flexible working. We offer a variety of flexible arrangements to suit our employees varied needs and the business, including purchased leave, varied start and finish times, working from alternative locations, part time work and 9-day fortnights. We understand that Melbourne Water and our customers benefit from enabling our employees to achieve balance in work and life.


Our people are passionate, welcoming and inclusive. We welcome applications from everyone, including people with disability, mature age and young job seekers, members of the LGBTI+ community, and people from culturally diverse backgrounds. Melbourne Water welcomes and encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Your Skills and Experience

  • Strong understanding and extensive experience working with Aboriginal communities and the ability to apply this experience in the context of Victorian Traditional Owners and communities will be required
  • Experience in developing and delivering proactive and innovative strategic stakeholder engagement programs and initiatives
  • Experience in working in and influencing cross-functional teams is essential
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with an ability to address a range of audiences
  • Demonstrated ability to think creatively, to work under pressure and recognise and respond to sensitive and complex strategic issues

Your ability to establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with internal and external stakeholders is required together with experience working in sensitive political environments

For more information, please see the attached  Position_Description

How to apply

Click on the "apply" button and complete the online application form.

Closing date: 31 JANUARY 2021 at 11:55pm AEST

Please note a Police Check is required for this position.

Please note this is a designated position established as a special measure under Section 12 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010. Only Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are eligible for this position.



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