Cultural authority group program officer

Papulu Apparr-kari Aboriginal Corporation

Papulu Apparr-Kari Aboriginal Corporation (PAK) was established since 1987 and was registered with the Office of Aboriginal Registrar in November 1987. PAK has always aided in the local community in all cultural and language issues. Our main objective is to record, revive and retrieve the Language and Culture of the Barkly Region. We obtain this in several different ways. We employ speakers of the languages of the Barkly Region and service many Languages.

The area covered by the Language Centre is over 2500 kilometers squares. From Borroloola in the north to Barrow Creek in the south, the Western Australia Border in the west to the Queensland border in the east (one of the biggest areas covered by a language Centre in the Northern Territory).

Closing date: 

11pm, 27 September 2018


Australian Central Standard Time (ACST)


Tennant Creek
Northern Territory

Job category: 

  • Project officer roles

Type of vacancy: 

Part time
Two year contract of employment. 30 hours per week

Salary and conditions: 

Admin Level 7.2 $72,529 pa to Level 7.3 $76,085 pa


  • 6 month mandatory probationary period
  • 6 weeks annual leave with 17.5% leave loading
  • 10 days personal leave per annum
  • 9.5% employer superannuation

Where relocation costs are applicable please contact HR manager fro further details.

While this role is mainly 8am to 5pm with an hour for lunch, there are occasions when you will need to work additional hours and some weekend work may be required to fulfil the duties of this position.

Job description/overview: 

CAG is looking for a creative, organised person to manage service delivery in key program areas as specified by the group.

  • You will have opportunities to travel to and conduct meetings in remote communities, while being creative and flexible in community settings. You will be an excellent communicator and report writer with demonstrated engaging and positive interpersonal skills and create relationships with key stakeholders across the Barkly.
  • You will actively build networks and seek partnerships and funding opportunities, whether government or philanthropic. This is a position with funding available for up to two years. 
  • You will have the ability to maintain confidentiality and work as a member of a high performing multi-disciplinary team.
  • You will acknowledge and respect Aboriginal values, beliefs, customs, language and traditional practices.
  • A willingness to communicate and advocate for Indigenous people of the Barkly Region, skills based will be an important part of selection.

The CAG project manager will be responsible:

  • for the day to day management of the CAG including performance management, financial management, compliance with reporting requirements and ensuring quality programs are delivered and evaluated.
  • for establishing and coordinating culturally responsive meetings and discussions.
  • for associated data collection and collation to inform reports is also a responsibility of this position.
  • to the CEO of PAK and will attend meetings and gatherings as requested by the CAG, board of directors as required and for reporting purposes.


  • Design and deliver quality programs for the CAG such as community harmony and conduct an annual evaluation of the programs.
  • Coordinate all meetings between the CAG and other stakeholders including community, government agencies and providers to communicate outcomes and to represent community input for investment decisions in services and programs for the Barkly region.
  • Uphold Cultural Authority Group policies and procedures and implement and advocate the Cultural Authority Group Board’s Strategic Plan goals, objectives and strategies, particularly in achieving the desired outcomes of the program.
  • Contribute holistically to the maintenance of the CAG’s accreditation and compliance by conducting regular internal audits and cooperating with external audits.
  • A commitment to comply with and lead continuous quality reviews and activities across the section.
  • Any other duties delegated by the CEO in line with position or organisational requirements.

Leadership and Human Resource Management

  • Ensure the CAG maintains good representation of senior cultural holders and main language groups
  • Promote the role and importance of the Tennant Creek CAG and wider Aboriginal community within government and the community.
  • Translate the cultural authority group, board of directors’ vision and strategic plan to operational levels.
  • Manage the day to day operations of the program with assistance in the development of, compliance with and enforcement of all CAG’s policies and procedures and code of conduct.
  • Ensure the incorporation of Aboriginal values and traditions in the service practices of all peoples and seek advice from cultural advisors on cultural issues.
  • In conjunction with Papulu Apparr-kari Aboriginal Corporation, manage and maintain all information technology and assets.
  • Be proactive with own and CAG professional development and be a role model in the community.
  • Fulfil Commonwealth and CAG’s key performance indicator targets for improvement by complementary design of structure and service program.

Financial Management (in partnership with the CEO)

  • Manage budgets, including expending funding against allocation while ensuring value for money is received.
  • Establish forward estimates for the ongoing funding.
  • Compliance with funding agreements, including reporting requirements and ensuring funds are expended for the purpose of the grant and in line with grant terms and conditions.
  • Manage resources within budgetary constraints; ie, operational needs balanced against available resources.
  • Seek new sources of funding and write submissions to resource its full capacity.

General Management

  • Records management – ensure compliance with relevant legislation and Australian standards, maintain privacy and confidentiality as a priority.
  • Provide CAG, board of directors and CEO with regular status reports on the program, as directed by the CEO.
  • Contribute to the development of planning and align program activity with the board and program goals.
  • Ensure strategic links are established and maintained with funding bodies and other service providers working in the region, especially the internal liaison and service coordination between CAG.
  • Work closely with other organisations to facilitate better relationships.
  • Develop policies and procedures for the operations of the CAG program and overall organisation as required.
  • Develop strategies to enhance the CAG to take a stronger role in the overall leadership of Tennant Creek.
  • Proactively attend and contribute to all relevant internal and external meetings as an ambassador of CAG.
  • Conduct quality assessments with stakeholders to monitor program delivery to determine the effectiveness of services and program.

Selection Criteria


  1. An understanding of Aboriginal traditions and customs including a willingness to incorporate Aboriginal culture and traditions into service delivery and an understanding of issues pertaining to the Aboriginal people of the Barkly Region.
  2. Knowledge and experience of project management and development.
  3. Demonstrated understanding of the philosophy governing independent Aboriginal community-controlled organisations.
  4. Demonstrated experience in working with a community controlled Aboriginal organisation and the ability to develop/deliver strategic planning goals in line with the organisation’s main business/operational plan, including preparation of whole-of-government responses and submission writing.
  5. Demonstrated high level interpersonal and communication skills, written and verbal, to communicate sensitive, complex and less complex subjects to a diversity of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal groups.
  6. Demonstrated ability to write and develop policy, undertake advocacy and develop collaborative partnerships. An ability to design, plan and develop community engagement meetings and gatherings.
  7. Demonstrated experience in a senior management position managing project implementation, performance, reporting and coordination and demonstrated awareness of the Commonwealth and Northern Territory Key Performance Indicators.
  8. Demonstrated experience in budget management, monitoring, reporting and sourcing of future funding in line with legislative requirements and the terms and conditions of funding and demonstrated high level skills and knowledge of analysis, report writing and budget activities.
  9. Demonstrated experience in performance management of working in a team environment, and understanding of human resources management, and Work Health Safety requirements for working in remote conditions.
  10. Demonstrated experience or ability to developing the capacity of Aboriginal people with limited or no formal qualification but with extensive community and language speaking ability.
  11. Demonstrated ability to use information technology resources, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and an aptitude to learn new programs.
  12. Willingness to work in a remote environment in remote conditions of the Barkly Region.
  13. A current First Aid Certificate and NT Drivers Licence and possession of a current NT Ochre card (Working with Children card) and evidence of a satisfactory national (or international) criminal history check


  1. Tertiary qualifications in Administration or similar
  2. Certificate IV in Training and Assessment or equivalent
  3. Understand the requirements of living remotely
  4. Well developed public speaking skill

NB: It is compulsory that all Cultural Authority Groupemployees are in possession of an Ochre card (NT Working with Children) from NTSafe or similar, along with satisfactory completion of a pre-employment National Criminal History check

Contact person and how to apply: 

Karan Hayward; email or phone 08 8962 3270

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