Project Officer, Indigenous Engagement (Identified Role - Indigenous)

Date: 2 Feb 2024

Location: Any CSIRO site, AU

Company: CSIRO

Acknowledgement of Country

CSIRO acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land, sea and waters, of the area that we live and work on across Australia. We acknowledge their continuing connection to their culture and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. View our vision towards reconciliation

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The Opportunity

  • Are you a motivated project officer searching for a new challenge?

  • Dynamic role within the Indigenous Science and Engagement Team

  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s leading scientific research organisation! 


Reporting to the Executive Manager, the Project Officer’s key focus will be leading and delivering initiatives that will build CSIRO’s capability to engage appropriately and ethically with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities/people/stakeholders through a range of activities underpinned by CSIRO’S Reconciliation Action Plan. This also includes the development and implementation and/or administration of policies, systems and procedures that assist the organisation and the IE to deliver on the Reconciliation Action Plan, achieve their objectives and meet Government and regulatory responsibilities. 

Your duties will include:

  • Develop, deliver and lead identified activities within the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) with a key focus on managing and delivering on projects and events to internal and external audiences.

  • Work collaboratively across CSIRO by providing internal Business Unit (BU) and Enterprise Support (ES) leaders with appropriate advice and connections to achieve RAP deliverables and complementary Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging programs.

  • Establish networks with other professionals in the field to ensure that the service provided by the IE team continues to add value, and programs or systems are tailored to clients’ needs and team members.

  • Maintain, manage, and respond to client enquiries promptly and constructively, taking personal responsibility for guaranteeing client satisfaction, whilst maintaining good record-keeping systems and processes.


Location: Any Australian CSIRO Sites considered 

Salary:   AU$89,680 to AU$101,459pa (pro-rata for part-time) + up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure:   Indefinite, Full-time

Reference: 95256

To be considered you will need:

  • A current driver’s licence and the ability and willingness to travel regionally and interstate as required.

  • A strong demonstrated knowledge and experience in partnering with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities, including remote, regional and urban communities.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop, implement and manage activities and/or programs that aim to increase participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

  • Highly developed interpersonal skills including the ability to establish and maintain relationships with other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, and the ability to coach colleagues to build respectful partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.


For full details about this role please review the Position Description.


CSIRO considers the filling of this position is intended to constitute a special/equal opportunity/affirmative measure under section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth).

The position is therefore only open to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people with Australian Citizenship. The successful applicant will be required to provide evidence to confirm that they are an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person.

The successful applicant is required to provide contact details of at least one Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Cultural Referee to confirm their ability to work and communication respectfully with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

Sunday 3rd March 2024, 11:00pm AEST/AEDT