Aboriginal Liaison - Waterloo Redevelopment

Inner Sydney Voice

Applications Closing: Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 14:00

This is an Aboriginal Identified Position

We’re looking for a highly-skilled person to understand the thoughts, needs and issues of the Aboriginal community in Waterloo, the site of a major urban redevelopment over the next 15-20 years.

Understanding the history and significance of the Aboriginal community of Waterloo will be an essential requirement in developing a plan for the redevelopment of Waterloo.  At the same time, it will be just as important is to understand and be able to action solutions that the Aboriginal community will face now and throughout the redevelopment period.

The role, Aboriginal Liaison Officer will be offered on a 6 month 28 hour a week part-time basis and will be reviewed within this period to determine the roles’ future requirements. The position will be located in Waterloo, but will need to operate remotely throughout the area.

The role’s main purpose is to provide Waterloo Aboriginal communities and tenants with liaison, support and advice about the Waterloo redevelopment and action responses to the requirements of the community regarding maintenance, personal and or social needs and issues.

The Aboriginal Liaison Officer will provide Waterloo Aboriginal communities and tenants with liaison, support and advice about the Waterloo redevelopment and action responses to the requirements of the community regarding maintenance, personal and or social needs and issues.

The Officer will be an independent role based in Waterloo, for a period of 6 months as part of the Waterloo planning process.  The position will be reviewed after 6 months to assess and determine future requirements and resourcing.

The role would entail the successful applicant to:

  • Provide advice to Aboriginal communities and tenants on the Waterloo redevelopment and encourage input and engagement in master planning process.
  • Assist Aboriginal tenants on housing issues in the areas of maintenance, personal and or social issue or need, providing advocacy and support.
  • Collaborate, connect and build relationships with Elders, Aboriginal communities and tenants about the redevelopment.
  • Provide feedback to community and non-government agencies regarding issues that need to be addressed as part of the redevelopment that in turn are communicated to the relevant Government agencies.
  • Facilitate cooperative responses to issues affecting the local Aboriginal Community.
  • Undertake administrative duties consistent with the position and adhere to reporting requirements.
  • Contribute to other initiatives of Inner Sydney Voice and WPHAG.
  • Participate and contribute to meetings about the Redevelopment and other Waterloo related forums.
  • Act and consult with other employees to ensure health, safety and welfare at work, provide and maintain safe places of work, equipment and systems of work under the WH&S Act.

Key Relationships

This position will work closely with the Waterloo community, specifically the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples. The position is required to communicate progress and issues to the Executive Officer ISV board and Chairperson of WPHAG.

Other stakeholders include, but are not limited to:

•           Local, State and Commonwealth Government Representatives

•           Other NGOs, health organisations and community groups etc.

•           Other meetings/forums as required



Category: Community Development
Field: Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander
Employment basis: Part-time
Salary Range: $51,000-$65,000
Job Location: Inner City Sydney
About us

The successful applicant will be employed by Inner Sydney Regional Council for Social Development Inc. (trading as Inner Sydney Voice.) Inner Sydney Voice (ISV) is a Not-for-Profit, Sector and Community Development Organisation whose principal purpose is to work with organisations that work in the Inner Sydney region to alleviate poverty and distress suffered by economically and socially disadvantaged communities. ISV aims to achieve this purpose by:

  • Building the capacity of service providers to work together on issues affecting disadvantaged communities.
  • Enhancing the level of engagement of vulnerable and disadvantaged communities.
  • Strengthen the voices of disadvantaged communities by representing their views.
  • Provide information and resources on community projects, programs and networks assisting disadvantaged communities and vulnerable groups.

This role will be directed under a mutual agreement with the Waterloo Public Housing Action Group.  Waterloo Public Housing Action Group are a locally based community group working towards best outcomes for the redevelopment of Waterloo.

Position details
Essential Selection Criteria:

Essential: This is an Aboriginal Identified Role

•           An understanding and knowledge of Aboriginal communities, community groups, no-government               organisations and service providers in the Waterloo area.

•           Excellent oral and written communication skills to advocate on behalf of Aboriginal tenants with                 other community groups, non-government and government organisations.

•           Established and recognised networking and liaison skills with Aboriginal communities.

•           Ability to work independently and in a team environment and the ability to be resilient.

•           Demonstrated coordination, administration and facilitation skills

•           Demonstrated high-level relationship building and relationship management skills

•           Demonstrated capacity to engage a diverse range of stakeholders

•           Demonstrated ability to work autonomously, exercise independent judgment and make decisions               whilst recognising the importance of maintaining open lines of communication and escalating      issues as required

•           Demonstrated commitment to social justice

•           Demonstrated understanding of WH&S legislation and an employee’s responsibilities under the Act

Desirable Selection Criteria:


•           Understanding of community development principles and practices

•           Demonstrated understanding of urban renewal/redevelopment

•           Demonstrated understanding of social housing communities

•           Understanding of the NGO sector

Other Information:

This position description and associated information should not be considered as comprehensive in its description of responsibilities, criteria or outcomes. It is indicative of the position. The project worker can and will be asked to undertake duties within their competencies, skills and abilities that may not be mentioned in this document.

Inner Sydney Voice considers that being Aboriginal is a genuine occupational qualification under s 14 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW).

Inner Sydney Voice is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.

Position Description: Download position description
Contact details
Contact Name: Char Jones
Contact Email: char.jones@innersydneyvoice.org.au
Contact Phone: 02 9698 7461
How to apply

Please send a cover letter addressing selection criteria and CV to Char Jones at char.jones@innersydneyvoice.org.au by 2pm 9th January 2019. If you have any queries about the role, call Char on 9698 7461.

Date posted: 03 December 2018

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