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Senior Project Officer

Northern Land Council

Would you like to work for one of the largest and oldest Indigenous organisations in Australia which provides services to around 50,000 Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory?

About the NLC

We are responsible for assisting Aboriginal people in the Top End of the Northern Territory to acquire and manage their lands and seas. Our most important responsibility is to consult with Traditional Owners and other Aboriginal people to enable them to make informed decisions about all activities affecting their country. Our vision is to ensure that Aboriginal people benefit socially, culturally and economically from the secure possession of their land, waters and seas.

About the Role

We are currently looking for 4 Senior Project Officers to join the Northern Land Council. You will be responsible for providing factual and objective information to the NLC and to traditional Aboriginal owners and those with Native Title rights and interests in the area of the Northern Land Council (NLC) in relation to the NLC’s functions and duties as they apply to the resources sector.

The main responsibilities of the role include:

  1. Simultaneously manage multiple projects including:
    a. Provision of technical assessment of minerals and energy applications, work programs, mine management plans, mine closure plans and other relevant documents;
    b. Administration of NLC’s functions and duties in relation to mining, onshore petroleum and renewable energy agreements (granted titles) and applications for minerals & energy resource exploration and production in accordance with the requirements of Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 (ALRA) & Native Title Act 1993 (NTA);
    c. Provision of a high standard of budgeting and other financial services, including for the recovery of costs associated with your allocated projects;
    d. Preparation of information, for NLC Anthropology, Regional Development, Legal, Community Planning & Development Branches as required to facilitate their engagement with Minerals and Energy Branch projects;
    e. Liaise with internal and external stakeholders including government agencies and resources companies and their representatives;
    f. Planning and facilitation of on-country consultations with traditional Aboriginal owners and native title holders; and
    g. Participation in the negotiation process with proponents for the preparation of exploration and mining / production agreements.
  2. Monitor and review exploration and mining/production reports, plans and project activities for compliance with the requirements of the relevant agreement.
  3. Research, review and comment on NLC submissions in response to regulatory, policy and other reforms and approvals for relevant resource sector projects.

About You

To thrive in this role, you will have:

  1. Significant demonstrable knowledge, understanding and appreciation of Indigenous Australian culture, customs and society and the ability to gain and maintain credibility with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, communities and organisations.
  2. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with Aboriginal people.
  3. Experience working in remote Aboriginal communities or consulting with Aboriginal people.
  4. Knowledge and understanding of environmental management systems and principles.
  5. Skills in Environmental Auditing or a willingness to undertake Environmental Auditor Training.
  6. Demonstrated problem solving skills with the ability to set priorities, manage multiple deadlines and effectively deliver tasks on time.
  7. Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and work with internal and external stakeholders at all levels.
  8. Demonstrated ability to work effectively in multidisciplinary teams.
  9. Demonstrated high level written and oral communication skills, including but not limited to reports, planning, presentations and budgeting.
  10. An understanding of the onshore petroleum, minerals resources and/or renewable energy sectors and relevant legislation and government policies.
  11. Demonstrated strong computer skills with the ability administer systems/programs.
  12. Preparedness to travel to remote locations when required.
  13. Knowledge of, and commitment to, the principles of Equity and Diversity, Participative Workplace Practices, and Workplace Health and Safety and the ability to apply them in the workplace.
  14. Relevant degree or equivalent or at least five years’ experience working in a similar role.

Remuneration and Benefits:

  • Contract Term: Three years
  • Location: Darwin
  • Salary: $90,619 to $118,142 plus allowances
  • FBT exempt salary packaging benefits pay
  • 13% superannuation contribution
  • 5 weeks annual leave (pro rata) & 17.5% annual leave loading

We strongly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply.

How to Apply:

A full Position Description may be obtained by clicking Apply Now to be redirected to our website. We ask that all applications are received through our website– this will ensure that you are submitting a full application for this position. Our website also provides information about our recruitment process. If you are having any problems submitting your application please contact us on
08 8920 5140.

Contact Officer:

Greg McDonald: McDonG@nlc.org.au or call (08) 8920 5236.

Please click here for a copy of the Position Description

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