Senior Advisor - Aboriginal Heritage Native Title Management

Water Corporation

Location: Leederville

Job Type: Not Specified


  • Achieve sustainable outcomes by supporting a centre of expertise in Aboriginal Heritage and Native Title advice
  • Integrate best practice into current and future business processes
  • Permanent opportunity with flexible work arrangements giving you more time for the important things in life with a great salary - $104,754 including Super

This position is under Section 51 of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 where Aboriginal Australians are encouraged to apply.

Where can water take you?

Advancing your career will advance our community too.

Aboriginal people have been the custodians of the natural environment for over 60,000 years. We have much to learn from them about our land, waterways and communities in order to protect our most precious resource.

Through our Reconciliation Action Plan, we are committed to creating meaningful employment and training pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across all roles and levels. For us, it is important that our people are representative of our communities in which we live and work.

We know that water is essential for our future and the giver of life. In every Water Corporation role, you’ll have the chance to develop a career and help your community. We seek people who want to make a change for the better.

About the Aboriginal Heritage & Native Title Section

Our purpose is to ensure all Aboriginal cultural heritage issues and Native Title rights are managed in a culturally appropriate and sensitive manner. We empower the business so that the impacts that our activities can have on cultural heritage and Native Title, are fully identified, understood and wherever possible avoided as part of planning and operations.

We provide the business with a positive centre of excellence that delivers a high-level quality of customer service through being a highly agile and functioning Section.

The Aboriginal Heritage and Native Title Section comprises of three teams

  • Aboriginal Heritage & Native Title Management - Implements and governs the frameworks to ensure Aboriginal Heritage and Native Title requirements and expectations are understood and managed as part of our activities.
  • Aboriginal Heritage & Native Title Strategy - Provides strategic advice to the business to ensure that Native Title and Aboriginal Heritage expectations and agreement obligations are meet while identifying and influencing mutuality beneficial opportunities for Traditional Owners and Water Corporation.
  • Aboriginal Heritage Resilience & Integration - Designs methodologies and frameworks for a whole of business approach to Aboriginal Heritage management. Integrates these methodologies into current and future business processes.

What the role will offer you

Join the team in Leederville, a trendy suburb 5 minutes from Perth CBD – and only a 5-minute walk from the nearest train station. You’ll support and develop a cohesive team of people to do their best work.

Being of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander decent is a genuine occupational qualification for this position within the meaning of section 50(d) of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984. Therefore, only applicants of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander background will be considered.

What you’ll do:

  • Provide timely and expert advice and direction to Water Corporation and its contractors on Aboriginal Heritage and Native Title matters associated with construction activities to enable compliance with legislative and policy requirements
  • Implement frameworks and approaches for the management of Aboriginal heritage matters as part of capital and operational activities
  • Provide expert advice on the management of Aboriginal heritage matters to ensure heritage is recognised and protected
  • Develop and coordinate the approval strategies for obtaining complex regulatory approvals associated with relevant Aboriginal Heritage and Native title Legislation
  • Lead the engagement activities with Aboriginal communities associated with Aboriginal Heritage or Native Title Management
  • Negotiate acceptable and achievable Aboriginal heritage agreements to facilitate the delivery of Water Corporations activities
  • Working autonomously, undertakes field work with Aboriginal communities and consultants
  • Engage with Native Title and Traditional Owner Groups as key stakeholders to inform our strategic development and management

Your skills and experience:

There are a few things that we’ll look for in your CV.

  • Tertiary qualifications in relevant discipline such as social sciences
  • Considerable experience and knowledge in Cultural Heritage Management
  • Relevant experience with working on construction or water infrastructure projects
  • Considerable experience in community engagement dealing with Aboriginal heritage and/or native title with knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal protocols
  • Relevant experience in communications, public relations or related discipline
  • Sound knowledge of relevant legislation and administrative procedures in Western Australia in relation to Aboriginal heritage and native title
  • Demonstrated organisational and project management skills
  • Ability to travel to Corporation regional offices and areas within the State


We keep our application process as straightforward as possible, while giving you ample opportunity to find out what we’re all about. To get started, submit your CV and covering letter and we’ll be in touch.

No up-to-date CV? No problem. Send us what you have, and you’ll hear from us.

As part of the recruitment process you may be required to complete pre-employment screening which may include a medical, reference check, qualification check, police clearance and Australian working rights check.

Applications close on 10 February 2023

We reserve the right to withdraw this ad prior to the closing date.

Our commitment to a diverse and inclusive workplace:

Water Corporation is committed to creating a workforce that reflects the diversity of our customers and our community. How we will achieve this is outlined in our Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and People and Safety Strategy.

We acknowledge the different skills, experiences and perspectives that people from diverse backgrounds including, race, ethnicity, disability, age, gender identity and sexual orientation bring to the workplace, will only strengthen our workforce.

We are committed to ensuring that our workplace is inclusive, where all our people feel that they belong, are valued, respected and have equal access to opportunities and resources.

We encourage applications from our key priority communities – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, women, youth and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

We are committed to ensuring an accessible and inclusive work environment to enable people with disability to participate fully in all aspects of employment wherever possible by offering reasonable adjustments including adjustments in our recruitment, selection and appointment processes.

Applicants with disability who require adjustments in the recruitment process, or alternative methods of communication, can contact a Recruitment Officer at

To learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion please visit our website.

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