Assistant Director, Traditional Use of Marine Resources Agreement Program


Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority


Cairns, Queensland

Salary etc:

$101,818 - $111,595 p.a. (EL1)

The position

This position is within the Policy and Planning Section which is responsible for Marine Park planning, Sea Country planning, Traditional Use of Marine Resources Agreement (TUMRA) Program and Marine Park policy. This Assistant Director position is one of the two positions (PN27 and PN342) responsible for co-leading the TUMRA Program. This requires ability to develop and maintain a strong and sustainable partnership with Traditional Owners in order to oversee the negotiation, development and implementation of multi-jurisdictional traditional sea-estate management that aligns with Traditional Owner aspirations, self-determination and heritage protection.

The person

  • You will be culturally aware and have experience leading teams to communicate effectively and sensitively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and have a high level of experience working with Traditional Owners in a culturally appropriate manner
  • You will be an experienced manager with knowledge and experience in issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia and have a contemporary knowledge of the legislative and policy landscape addressing the rights and aspirations of Traditional Owners
  • You are a natural problem solver, with strong people, project, risk and contract management skills and are known for working collaboratively and seeing things through
  • You will have demonstrated experience in team leadership and management of a team that generates a culture of continuous positive change and development
  • You will be willing to travel frequently within the Far Northern Region, often to remote locations, and on a regular basis to the Townsville office. The nature of the work will require the incumbent to travel/work outside core hours of work
  • You can prioritise and align operational activities to organisational objectives.


  1. Provide high level strategic and operational advice to the Director, the Executive and others on Traditional Owner issues relevant to Marine Park management and on culturally appropriate approaches to the TUMRA Program and sea country and other Marine Park planning
  2. Lead a small team in liaising, consulting and negotiating with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, including Traditional Owner groups, Native Title Representative Bodies and government agencies on issues relevant to Marine Park management
  3. Manage complex projects in partnership with Traditional Owners for the delivery of Traditional Use of Marine Resource Agreements and/or other Marine Park policies and plans
  4. Prepare high quality written material and reports including the provision of expert, timely, practical, transparent and risk-based advice to management
  5. Represent and explain the views of the Authority in a range of meetings and forums with Traditional Owners, internal or external stakeholders and other government agencies
  6. Work collaboratively to achieve results by engaging effectively with Traditional Owners and internal and external stakeholders on strategic issues
  7. Actively participate, as part of a committed team member, to the work of the Policy and Planning Section, including contributing to delivering the broader Authority’s corporate objectives
  8. Takes responsibility for managing work priorities and monitoring progress to achieve results demonstrating the ability to be agile and responsive to changing requirements.

Eligibility requirements & qualifications

The filling of this vacancy is intended to constitute an affirmative measure under subsection 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 and is only open only to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants. This means applicants must:

  • be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent; and
  • identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander; and
  • are accepted by their community as being Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

Applicants shortlisted for interview will need to provide evidence at interview to confirm eligibility under the above affirmative measure. Acceptable evidence includes:

  • a letter signed and executed by the Chairperson of an incorporated Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander organisation confirming that they are recognised as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person, or
  • a confirmation of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent form executed by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander organisation.

Applicants must:

  1. be Australian citizens to be eligible for engagement (note: you must be an Australian citizen at the time of applying),
  2. be able to obtain and maintain a Baseline security clearance; failure to do so will result in termination of employment.
  3. possess and maintain a current unrestricted Australian driver's licence (preferably 4-wheel drive experience), be willing to travel frequently, often to remote locations, and on a regular basis to the Townsville office. The nature of the work will require the incumbent to travel/work outside core hours of work.

Desirable qualifications or equivalent experience:

  1. Project Management qualifications or equivalent experience.
  2. Contemporary knowledge of marine park/marine protected area/sea country management, including traditional use.

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