why is this important?

Employing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in local government can make a big difference to the ability of your council to effectively engage the local community and in the delivery of council services. Some councils have employed Aboriginal Liaison Officers or similar roles within their organisation. An Aboriginal Liaison Officer generally gives the local Aboriginal community greater confidence and trust to engage with council. The employment of an Aboriginal Liaison Officer can also help stimulate important conversations about the needs of the local Aboriginal community by staff across all areas of council. 

The employment of an Aboriginal Liaison Officer can also help stimulate important conversations about the needs of the local Aboriginal community by staff across all areas of council.

Recommended Strategies

  • Hire an Aboriginal Liaison Officer to strengthen and support your Aboriginal community engagement and servicing commitments.
  • Ensure your Aboriginal Liaison Officer role is an identified role and a position description is developed in consultation with Aboriginal community partners. 
  • Read more about the benefits of employing Aboriginal Peoples.

Case Studies

The City of Yarra employs a number of Aboriginal Peoples including Traditional Owners of the land on which their council sits. This includes a Wurundjeri Elder who is Aborignal Partnerships Plan Officer at council. The Aboriginal Partnerships Plan Officer manages the delivery of Yarra’s Aboriginal Partnerships Plan and reports bimonthly to Yarra’s Aboriginal Advisory Group.

Key Contacts

The Victorian Local Government Aboriginal Engagement and Reconciliation Survey 2012 found that 19 councils employ an Aboriginal Liaison Officer or similar role. Reach out to one of these councils to learn more about how they developed their programs. 

For specific advice on the recruitment of Aboriginal Peoples for jobs, contact Indigenous Employment Partners. 

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