Aboriginal Water Policy Officer

Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation
Shepparton & Goulburn Valley
Community Services & Development
Indigenous & Multicultural Services



CONTRACT TYPE: 12 Month Fixed Term

HOURS:  Full time (37.5 hours per week)

We will offer an attractive remuneration package, to be negotiated relevant to the skills and experience of the successful applicant, including:

•   Access to a vehicle, phone, laptop and salary sacrifice options to increase your take-home pay

•   The support of a professional and competent team of administrative and managerial staff

The Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation (YYNAC) was established in 1998 to represent the descendants of the original Yorta Yorta peoples in making decisions and acting on any matters of significance to the Yorta Yorta peoples and to enter into agreements with any person, government agency or authority in relation to the protection of the Yorta Yorta Country. The Yorta Yorta traditional lands covers a unique stretch of forest-wetlands located in what is now known as the central Murray- Goulburn region in North-Central Victoria and Southern News South Wales approximately 20,000 square kilometres. The YYNAC has maintained its status as a Registered Aboriginal Party (RAP) under the Cultural Heritage Act since 2007.

YYNAC is a not-for-profit organisation working towards a better future for its people through numerous projects and partnerships with local, state, national and international organisations and governments. For more information please visit: www.yynac.com.au.

The Aboriginal Water Policy Officer role will include being a part of the organisation in Barmah. The purpose of this position is to assist in the identification of prioritising and streamlining opportunities for Aboriginal water opportunities, challenges and issues for the Yorta Yorta Nation, and building networks of response through engagement, consultation and collaboration with government agencies, departments and representatives.

About the Role

The Yorta Yorta Water Policy Officer will be the primary conduit for contact from state and federal government departments, including consultation requirements on anything related to the Water Act 1989 Victoria, as expressed through the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, and the Victorian Government Aboriginal Water Policy (2016).

This position will contribute to environmental and cultural outcomes from a water perspective for the Yorta Yorta community. It will work with the Council of Elders, community and government partners to develop information on Traditional Owner water values and uses of water in the Murray River and associated waters environment, and contribute to the identification of Yorta Yorta water objectives and outcomes.

The role will be supported by Yorta Yorta Nation to both assist government –primarily at state and delivery agent level – and Yorta Yorta Nation, in determining engagement protocols, priorities for engagement on state government water, understanding and responding to the Yorta Yorta Nation’s expectations and priorities, including in assisting government on understanding preferred means of engagement with Traditional Owners on water policy and planning, including means of presentation, timelines, and expectations.

If you are proud of your Yorta Yorta heritage, have more than two years’ experience in a similar role and want to use your talents to support the development of our Whole of Country Unit, people and the preservation of our living culture, whilst being part of a supportive team – please contact us today.

The role is a full time (37.5 hrs. per week) on a fixed-term 12mth contract. Wages will apply according to experience.

To obtain a full position description please contact Laura at finance@yynac.com.au via email only, queries will not be responded to via social media or over the phone.

After viewing the PD you can submit your resume and cover letter by email if you wish to finance@yynac.com.au

Applications close 29/10/2021

This is an “Indigenous Only” role under Special Measures of the EEO Act 2010, Section 12.

  • Contribution to the organisation’s reputation in the broader community by operating in an culturally responsible way, as well as promote and encourage diversity and the values of YYNAC is expected.
  • All positions with YYNAC require a negative Drug & Alcohol Test to be submitted prior to commencement of employment.
  • A current Working with Children Check & Police Check may be required prior to beginning employment