Indigenous Research Grants Project Officer (Identified Role - Indigenous)

Date: 19 Sep 2023

Location: Brisbane, QLD, AU Townsville, QLD, AU Negotiable, AU

Company: CSIRO

Acknowledgement of Country

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The Opportunity


  • Are you a grants administration extraordinaire?

  • Dynamic, newly created support role to the Senior Research Manager 

  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s National Science Agency!


Reporting to the Senior Research Manager, the Indigenous Research Grants Project Officer will provide administrative and project delivery services to support the effective provision of research and development activities for CSIRO’s Indigenous Science and Engagement Program.


This will involve the development and implementation and/or administration of policies, systems and procedures that assist the organisation and the Indigenous Science and Engagement Program to deliver on Indigenous Research Grants Program, achieve their objectives and meet Government and regulatory responsibilities.

Your duties will include:


  • Administratively support the CSIRO’s Indigenous Science and Engagement Program to deliver the full pre-award and post-award life cycle

    • Pre-award activities include grant management system (GoodGrants) setup and full assessment cycle (assessor recruitment, relationships, coaching; assessment panel secretariat; outcomes and feedback)

    • Post-award activities include reviewing and approving reports and variations; post-award support to grantees (e.g., expenditure planning); and monitoring and evaluations governance requirements are met.

  • Develop written procedural documentation, briefs and deliver basic policy and procedures, relevant to pre- and post- award monitoring of a grants program for the purpose of maintaining accuracy and compliance within the funding guidelines.

  • Provide assistance to the Senior Research Manager and other members of Indigenous Science and Engagement Program when required including leave back up.


Location: Brisbane or Townsville (preferred), other locations may be considered

Salary: AU$68k – AU$86k pa plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified term until June 2025

Reference: 93808

To be considered you will need:

  • Demonstrated proficiency in software applications including Office 365, Word, Excel, Outlook, SharePoint and Teams.

  • Strong communication skill with an ability to clearly convey information and ideas in written and verbal form.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage competing demands; establish priorities; organise tasks and meet deadlines and escalate issues when required.

  • Experience in and/or knowledge of Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property, Indigenous Data Governance and Human Research Ethics principles.


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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CSIRO is committed to values-based leadership to inspire performance and unlock the potential of our people.


CSIRO is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people involved in our activities and programs, whether we are undertaking research, engaging with the public or nurturing future scientists in person or online. Source – CSIRO Child Safe policy 2023

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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

Tuesday 17 October 2023, 11:00pm AEST