Position Opening – Strategic Liaison Officer


Job title : Strategic Liaison Officer (DELWP)
Location: Warrnambool, Victoria
Term: 1.0 FTE 12 months full time
Salary: $70 000 – $80 000
Reports to: Healthy Country Manager


Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation (EMAC) was determined by the Federal Court as a Registered
Native Title Body Corporate (RNTBC) under the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) in 2011, holding native title
for an area of land shared with the Gunditjmara people in what is now known as South West Victoria.

In 2012, the Eastern Maar filed a native title claim over the remaining portion of their traditional land
and waters. EMAC has been accorded Registered Aboriginal Party (RAP) status (under Victorian
Aboriginal heritage legislation) for the shared native title area and the area covered by the 2012 native
title claim in February 2020.

The Corporation is governed by a Board of Directors, each representing a family group of the Eastern
Maar People. Its role is to protect and advance the aspirations of Eastern Maar citizens by managing
their native title and cultural heritage rights and interests and implementing aspects of the Eastern
Maar Settlement Agreements to be negotiated with the State of Victoria under the Traditional Owner
Settlement Act 2010. EMAC is also responsible for providing high quality policy advice, leadership in
developing key initiatives, and strengthening the capacity and independence of Eastern Maar citizens.


The Strategic Liaison Officer is responsible for maintaining, developing, and growing external
relationships principally with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP)
and other agencies across the full extent of the traditional lands of Eastern Maar peoples.

Reporting to the Healthy Country Manager and supporting the General Manager Biocultural
Landscapes, the position will promote, educate and advocate on how EMAC is structured, it’s ways
of working, it’s assertions, goals and challenges with the view to work together on creative ideas to
tangible solutions and impacts at ground level. The position will also be responsible for reporting to
DELWP on grant programs, and for providing administrative support to the Biocultural Landscapes
Division of EMAC.


Consultation, Coordination and Planning

– Work with EMAC employees, as well as its members and Eastern Maar citizens where
applicable, and agencies to ensure effective and efficient engagement and consultation
including: ─ Be EMAC’s point of contact for agency staff seeking engagement and connect
them with relevant personnel.

-Provision of administrative support to Biocultural Landscapes Division of EMAC.

– Provide professional and reliable representation of EMAC to agencies.

– Assisting in the planning and co-ordination of engagement and consultation between
agencies and EMAC to ensure it meets the objectives of both Parties, including logistics,
minute taking, agendas and any associated paperwork and presentations.

– Assist in developing and implementing strategies and processes to enhance relations
between EMAC and agencies.

– Support EMAC’s participation in State-wide and Regional Caring for Country partnership

– Assist with the development and implementation of Eastern Maar’s Country Plan and
Biocultural Landscapes Strategy.

Project Management and Reporting

– Ensure that EMAC meets all agency funding agreements reporting obligations, as well as
explore and support the development of new funding opportunities with relevant EMAC

– Maintain funding agreement compliance register and related reporting requirements of
EMAC personnel, as well as develop and maintain a funding agreement milestone log of all
agency agreements.

– Research agencies key strategies, goals, and objectives who EMAC work with to identify and
map commonalities of EMAC’s assertions and goals, including key individuals and possible
resources, for mutually benefiting outcomes.


– Be aware and adhere to The Privacy Act, OH & S Legislation and other relevant legislations.

– Be aware and adhere to EMAC Policy and Procedure manuals.

– Be aware and participate in staff performance reviews.

– Attend all mandatory training as required.

– Perform other duties as may be directed or implied from time to time.



– Demonstrated interpersonal, communication, and facilitation skills, including demonstrated
success in engaging and maintaining strong relationships with diverse stakeholders.

– Proven ability to show initiative, work collaboratively, prioritise work requirements, consult
appropriately and respond to direction.


– Experience in a role that demanded self-motivation, service orientation, as well as
administrative skills.

– Sound project management skills with demonstrated ability to take initiative and manage

– Good time management skills with the ability to manage multiple relationships and projects

– Demonstrated understanding of the regulatory framework in which EMAC operates.

– Knowledge of Eastern Maar people, Country, culture, values, aspirations and customs and
experience working with the Eastern Maar people, community and key organisations and
stakeholder groups

– Experience working with Aboriginal people, including a demonstrated ability to
communicate and engage sensitively and effectively with Traditional Owner led
communities and organisations.

– Ability to clearly define tasks and prioritise accordingly.

Other position requirements

– The incumbent requires the ability to travel regularly for work related purposes. A current
Victorian driver’s licence is essential.

– Proficiency in the use of computer and telecommunications technology


To apply please include in your application a CV/resume and cover letter that addresses why you are
the best candidate for this position and how your background, experience and skills align with the
Key Selection Criteria.

Please ensure your full name is on all attachments and email your application to

Closing date for applications: COB 12 August 2022

If you have any queries about the role, please contact Ms. Bansri Dave (HR Officer)

Read full description of the position at this link.

Appointment of the successful applicant will be made subject to a satisfactory national police history

Applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged, but this is not a
designated/identified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander appointment.