Senior Manager – Aboriginal Water Unit

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    Melbourne Melbourne Melbourne Melbourne , Victoria Victoria Victoria Victoria , Australia Australia Australia Australia
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Victorian Government

Department of Environment, Land,

Water and Planning

Senior Manager

Aboriginal Water Unit


Full Time | 3 Year Fixed Term Contract | Competitive Salary | Melbourne Location

This role is classified as an ‘identified[1]’ position and is open all applicants with preference for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants.


About the Department

The Department is tasked with ensuring that Victoria has the right conditions to enable economic growth, while delivering livable, inclusive and sustainable communities.

We bring together planning, local government and infrastructure, environment, climate change, energy and water functions, to ensure an integrated approach to the development of long-term state and regional strategies that build on social, environmental and economic opportunities to provide for future population growth.


About the Group

The Water and Catchments Group (WCG), in partnership with water corporations and catchment management authorities, is responsible for effectively managing Victoria’s water resources to meet future urban, rural and environmental needs. WCG works across the Department, with agencies, Ministers, stakeholders and the community to balance the economic, environmental and social values of water. This work helps deliver secure water supplies, greener and livable cities and towns and healthy waterways and aquifers.


The Environmental Policy and Community Partnerships Branch focuses on emerging policy development and institutional review and reform, to provide community benefits.  The Aboriginal Water Unit has specifically been formed to deliver the Government’s Aboriginal Water Program, which aims to better include Aboriginal people in the way water is managed in Victoria and to reconnect communities to water for cultural, economic, customary and spiritual purposes.


‘Victorian Traditional Owners have cultural, spiritual and economic connections to land, water and resources through their associations and relationship with Country. Collaborating with Traditional Owners in water planning and management is an aspect of maintaining access to Country and its resources. The newly formed Aboriginal Water Unit will work to better understand Aboriginal water values and uses by working respectful partnership with Traditional Owners’. (source:


About the role

This role will lead a growing and effective team with  a high level of Aboriginal cultural competency to implement the Aboriginal Water Program. This program will deliver WCG’s commitments to recognise and manage for Aboriginal values of water in the Water for Victoria, DELWP Aboriginal Inclusion Plan, National Water Initiative and Murray-Darling Basin Plan. As part of this, the position will build effective relationships across the Department, across the water sector and other government agencies and with Traditional Owner groups and peak Aboriginal bodies.


This role is classified as an ‘identified’ position and requires a person with understanding and experience in Aboriginal stakeholder engagement, government commitments and legislative obligations to Aboriginal people in Victoria. With knowledge of Aboriginal water policy highly regarded. A sound understanding of Victoria’s water resources, the legislative/policy framework for their management and of the requirements of the Murray Darling Basin Plan is also desirable.


The role has the following high-level responsibilities:


Leadership of a team that includes a number of identified Aboriginal positions to deliver WCG’s commitments to recognise and manage Aboriginal values of water in Water for Victoria, DELWP Aboriginal Inclusion Plan, the National Water Initiative and Murray-Darling Basin Plan



Use strategic influence and negotiation with water planners and managers (catchment management authorities, water corporations, other parts of the Department and the Victorian Environmental Water Holder), Traditional Owners, Aboriginal peak bodies and other Aboriginal Victorians to increase Aboriginal participation in water management and enable opportunities for water-based economic development.



Oversee the delivery of a range of culturally appropriate communications and capacity building tools to support the inclusion of Aboriginal values of water in water management and planning.




Program Delivery

Lead the implementation of the AWP including budget planning and management, reporting, evaluation and risk management.



About you

Success in the role will be achieved by demonstrating the following technical skills, knowledge and behaviours:

  • A strong understanding of DEWLP’s vision and WCG’s commitment to success through strong collaboration and partnerships with Traditional Owners.
  • Extensive experience in stakeholder and community engagement, as well as exceptional relationship management skills including the ability to facilitate and negotiate with Traditional Owners and other key stakeholders.
  • Proven leadership skills and the ability to develop staff and foster partnerships across a broad portfolio.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Proven experience in Program t Management or relevant experience.

You will bring with you a depth of understanding of Aboriginal cultures, and a proven ability to engage with Traditional Owners.

Key Selection Criteria

Specialist/Technical Expertise

  • Skills and knowledge of Aboriginal culture and contemporary issues affecting Aboriginal Victorians today is essential.
  • Proven experience in delivering government outcomes and Aboriginal policy in Victoria is highly desirable.
  • An appropriate qualification (or progress towards) in water and/or natural resource management would be highly regarded.


Core Capabilities

  • Stakeholder management.
  • Self Management.
  • Influence and Negotiation.
  • Program management

What we can offer you

Competitive salary of between $120,691-$$161,511 plus superannuation.

  • Flexible working arrangements.
  • A fulltime 3 year fixed term contract
  • An inclusive environment where diversity is celebrated.

Ongoing professional development.


How to apply

All applications must be made in writing and include the following:

  • Up to date CV
  • Cover letter outlining why you have applied for the position
  • Using the information provided about the role and your research into the department, your application should include a short ‘pitch’ covering a statement of claims. This is to be no longer than 3 pages and must address the key selection criteria. Your pitch should draw out why you are interested in the position, what you can offer the Unit, your skill set and qualifications, relevant work history and achievements.


Please ensure these are sent though in WORD format.

Applications are to be emailed to with the heading “DELWP Senior Manager” in the subject line.

Applications must be received by 5pm on Tuesday 18 February 2020  

Unfortunately, late submissions will not be accepted.


How to get more information

For further information on the position, please contact Pipeline Talent via phone or email for a confidential discussion 02 8001 6603.

[1] Identified Position – An identified position requires a demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Victorian Aboriginal community, society and culture, as well as the issues impacting Aboriginal people. Identified positions require a demonstrated ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal people and communities. These positions are available to all applicants; with preference for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants.