Indigenous Affairs Specialist


Location: Biloela, Brisbane, Bundaberg, Chinchilla, Clare, Collinsville, Emerald, Goondiwindi, Mareeba, Moranbah, Mount Isa, Pittsworth, Rockhampton, Townsville

Job Type: Full time


About you:

Reporting to the Senior Indigenous Affairs Advisor as part of a broader stakeholder engagement team working on lands and waters across regional Queensland, you will ensure Sunwater is delivering on its First Nations Commitment Statement at the project and operational activities level.

Specifically, you will:

  • Support Sunwater stakeholders to identify key issues, risks and opportunities with their cultural heritage and Native Title management and Traditional Owner engagement and advise on appropriate processes and activities to manage risks and leverage opportunities.
  • Support the development and implementation of initiatives that build the cultural capabilities amongst project and operational teams.
  • Develop documents, processes and training materials that supports the business in developing enduring relationships with Traditional Owners more consistently and effectively.
  • Provide support to deliver specific actions under Sunwater’s Reconciliation Action Plan and be part of related working groups.
  • Coordinate and work with embedded project resources to ensure consistency of approach and support for the respect, recognition and participation of First Nations peoples and cultures.
  • Contribute to communication and advocacy materials for stakeholders including shareholding Ministers, government agencies and within the regional communities in which Sunwater operates.

Please note that, whilst the Sunwater head office is located in Fortitude Valley – Brisbane, we are open for this role to be based in any Sunwater office. Please see the below link regarding Sunwater office locations:

Sunwater Offices - Sunwater

You will bring:

  • Tertiary qualifications in related field
  • Experience in a similar role or field
  • Experience with engagement and managing Native Title and Cultural Heritage matters
  • Ability to build relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Ability to build solid internal relationships and develop the capability of others
  • Highly developed knowledge and understanding Indigenous Affairs legislation.
  • Highly developed skills in Facilitating effective Native title and Cultural Heritage management outcomes.

What's great about working at Sunwater?

We are committed to delivering water for prosperity for our customers and providing our people with a dynamic and safe work environment, with a range of benefits including:

  • Attractive remuneration and benefits (including 17.5% leave loading) aligned to an Enterprise Agreement
  • Innovative, diverse organisation that puts safety first
  • A focus on internal career development and progression
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Contemporary health and wellbeing programs (‘Mental Health First Aid’ Skilled workplace recognition)

About Us:

We know how important water is to the livelihoods of our more than 5000 irrigation, industrial, commercial and urban customers, and to Queensland’s overall economic wellbeing. Our purpose is clear at Sunwater – ‘Delivering water for prosperity’. We are responsible for providing around 40 per cent of all water used commercially in Queensland. That’s more than 1300 gigalitres a year.

Delivering the best outcome for our customers is what motivates us. We understand our customers’ needs and the essential role they play in regional growth and prosperity.

If you are seeking a new challenge and would enjoy the opportunity to work in a fast paced and customer focused business, click on the APPLY NOW button and submit your application. For further information visit

Sunwater acknowledges the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples as the Traditional Custodians of the land upon which we operate. We pay our respects to the Elders past and present and extend that respect to all First Nations people who reside on this land.

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