Department of Regional NSW
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Aboriginal Partnerships Manager

Aboriginal Partnerships Manager

  • 501897
  • Community
  • Identified Positions
  • Planning
  • Policy
  • Projects
  • Fixed term (up to 3 years) position in a newly established team
  • Location: Central West NSW
  • Competitive full-time salary from $116,211 to $128,061 + 10.5% super and leave entitlements (Clerk Grade 9/10)
  • Flexible, job share and part time working arrangements will be considered
  • See the positive impact on Country, in your community
  • Make a true impact and positive difference, working directly with Aboriginal organisations, businesses, and communities in regional NSW.


Who is the Department of Regional NSW? Why work for us?

About our Team:

The Regional Development team are the NSW Government’s eyes and ears on the ground for regional development and infrastructure delivery, providing multi-agency coordination, program and grant funding, community planning and coordination, and emergency response delivery.  

We are excited to be establishing a Central West Regional Development team to lead investment and place-based solutions to regional service delivery and coordination, economic growth and diversity and jobs creation and skills to make the Central West a great place to work, live and invest.


About You:

We are looking for motivated, enthusiastic people to join our Aboriginal Partnerships Program team. The successful applicant will have excellent stakeholder relationship skills, be able to think outside the box and be passionate about the development and success of Aboriginal organisations, businesses, and communities.

You will be a solution’s orientated self-starter who is comfortable operating in a fast paced and, at times, ambiguous, environment. You will be supported by a regional and state network allowing you to seek help and escalate matters in a timely way. 


About the Role:

Our Aboriginal Partnerships Managers work with Aboriginal businesses and organisations to deliver initiatives that increase economic participation, business growth & development, land activation, employment, improved skills, and employability for Aboriginal people. 

Working locally in each region, some exciting aspects of this role include:

  • Identifying and developing economic opportunities to grow the capacity and capabilities of Aboriginal organisations and businesses.
  • Positioning the Regional Aboriginal Partnerships program to be the lead resource on Aboriginal economic development in the NSW government.
  • Working with internal stakeholders and program partners to scope, develop and deliver targeted and impactful programs, strategies, and initiatives to deliver identified Aboriginal outcomes and economic opportunity.
  • Participating in and provide advice to departmental / industry working groups and committees to address identified capability gaps and barriers to Aboriginal participation and opportunities.


 Essential requirements

  • Applicants must be of Aboriginal descent, identify as being Aboriginal and accepted in the community as such
  • Knowledge, respect and understanding of Aboriginal cultural matters.
  • Current NSW driver’s licence

If you have the capability to achieve success in this role and are interested in creating a more prosperous regional NSW, we would love to hear from you!


Applying for the Role

If this sounds like the ideal role for you, please apply online!  When applying you will need to:

  • Attach a cover letter (maximum 2 pages) outlining your suitability for the position
  • Attach a resume

If you would like to find out more about the role or would just like to have a yarn, please contact Lindsay Hall, Aboriginal Partnerships Manager, on 0484 598 353 or or Ricky Puata, Deputy Director, in our Central West team on 0427 103 979 or

Please also let us know if you would prefer to chat with one of our talented Aboriginal team members and we can organise for one of them to get in touch.

You can view the role description here.

 Application Closing Date: 11.55pm Sunday 27 November 2022

 Need support with your written application?

The Aboriginal Employment Strategy (AES) are happy to provide free support and mentoring through the application process / employment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people interested in these positions. Please visit the AES website for more information and contact details.

Recruitment Process

Once you have submitted your resume and cover letter, you may be invited to progress in the recruitment process. The recruitment steps will be:

  • Shortlisting
    Each local team will review the applications in their region and create a shortlist of applicants to meet
  • Interview (Yarn)
    The local team in each region will organise yarn style interviews with their shortlisted applicants.  These will be held locally in the region and in person wherever possible.  The interview will be more like a yarn rather than a formal interview but is still your chance to tell us about how your background, skills and experiences make you a great fit for the job.  Our local team will get in touch to organise a time to meet with their shortlisted candidates.
  • Written Task
    Following the interview yarn, applicants who are progressing will be asked to complete a short, written task.  Instructions for the written task will be sent via email and you’ll have a few days to complete it.
  • Reference Check
    Reference checks will only be completed with the preferred applicant in each region.  The preferred applicant will be asked to provide contact details for two people that can provide a reference.  These contacts will receive an email request to complete an online reference check form about you.
  • Notifications and Feedback
    All applicants who our local teams met with will be notified of the outcome via phone call. Feedback will be offered for all applicants. The successful applicant will be provided a formal letter of offer.

For any further questions on the recruitment process or if you require any adjustment as part of the recruitment process, please email Kristen Moore at


 Additional Information

A talent pool may be created from this recruitment action for ongoing and temporary roles of the same standard that may become available for filling over the next eighteen months. The successful applicant in this role may be required to undergo a police check, health assessment and other assessments as required.

The Department of Regional NSW is committed to increasing our Aboriginal workforce across all areas of our organisation as we aspire to be an employer of first choice for Aboriginal people. We are committed to continuously improving our knowledge, awareness and understanding of Aboriginal culture through on-country Aboriginal cultural immersion for all staff. We have workplace strategies in place to focus on the development and career progression of our Aboriginal staff.


These are identified positions under Section 14 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW). Applicants must be of Aboriginal descent and be recognised as being Aboriginal and accepted in the community as such. Under Section 14(d) of the Anti-discrimination Act (1997), Aboriginality is a genuine occupational qualification.



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