Community Liaison Officer (Identified Indigenous Position)


  • APS 4 - $67,190 - $73,148 per annum plus superannuation
  • Biosecurity Operations Division
  • Darwin, NT
An opportunity exists to be part of a dynamic team working with Indigenous Rangers to help keep Australia free from pests and diseases that threaten our environment, agricultural industries and our way of life. If you are motivated, able to travel and want to make a difference - this is a job for you.

Identified position - This position is an ‘Identified’ position which signifies that the role has a strong involvement in issues relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The successful applicant must have an understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people and an ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander People.

Who we are
The Community Engagement Section helps deliver biosecurity surveillance by engaging Indigenous Rangers on a fee for service basis to undertake biosecurity activities. The section maintains this effort and builds further biosecurity capability and provides economic opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across northern Australia.

The Job
The Community Liaison Officer position requires an officer to work as part of a team and independently under general supervisory direction. At the APS 4 level this will include undertaking established priorities while exercising some autonomy about how work tasks are performed. The work includes a range of functions supporting the delivery of biosecurity monitoring and public awareness services by contracted Indigenous ranger groups across northern Australia. The duties of the role include:

  • under direction, and working independently or in small teams, co-ordinating the delivery of contracted biosecurity services by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ranger groups including facilitating relevant training and assistance
  • developing and maintaining effective working relationships with remote communities in northern Australia, with a particular focus on Indigenous ranger groups and related organisations
  • identifying and promoting opportunities to strengthen Indigenous ranger participation in biosecurity service delivery
  • ensuring community engagement activities are delivered according to technical directions from specialist scientific staff and the department’s service priorities for northern Australia
  • providing logistic and liaison support to surveys associated with the Northern Australia Quarantine Strategy (NAQS) program
  • requesting and reviewing fee for service invoices
  • maintaining an operational plan based on fee for service planned activities
  • preparing reports and performing administrative functions to a high standard and in a timely manner in accordance with agreed workflows
  • assisting in the delivery of remote field services according to applicable work health and safety regulations and departmental requirements, policies and procedures, including adhering to the APS Values and Code of Conduct
  • taking responsibility for maintaining equipment checks and maintenance schedules
  • working with a wide range of key stakeholders, including government and non-government agencies.

Please note that the successful applicant would be employed for an initial period of 12 months with the possibility of extension up to a maximum period of 3 years in total. This non-ongoing vacancy may become ongoing in the next 12 months and if so this selection process may be used to fill the vacancy on an ongoing basis.

What we are looking for
Knowledge and experience
The ideal applicant will have knowledge, or an understanding, of the NAQS Program, the Indigenous Ranger Biosecurity Program and the wider biosecurity environment. Applicants will have strong cultural awareness, particularly in dealing with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in remote areas.

Eligibility and other requirements
The successful applicant must:

  • hold a current Apply First Aid Certificate or have the ability to obtain this qualification
  • hold and maintain a current manual driver’s licence and possess the ability to drive a 4WD vehicle
  • note that the physical requirements of the role(s) involve a combination of outdoor and office-based work, noting that you may be required to work in adverse weather conditions (hot, dry and wet conditions)
  • note that you will be required to complete specific training (including refresher training) related to the role including remote area training, defensive driving, first aid and CPR courses
  • note that you will be required to travel to, and work in, remote/isolated locations in the Northern Territory, Western Australia or Queensland, using a variety of transport including vessels, light/commercial aircraft, helicopters and manual four wheel drive vehicles
  • note that you will be required, from time to time, to work in difficult, remote and harsh environments (possibly for extended periods) under limited supervision or in teams
  • wear an official uniform supplied by the department, including during field operations (as applicable), in accordance with the department’s uniform policy
  • wear appropriate protective personal equipment and clothing to comply with departmental Work Health & Safety policies and procedures
  • be prepared to obtain and maintain special permits and licences
  • note that relocation assistance is subject to negotiation.

For additional information, please read the Job Description below.