Implementation Officer


Yinhawangka Aboriginal Corporation


Paraburdoo, WA

About YAC

Yinhawangka Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC (“YAC”) is the Registered Naïve Title Body Corporate for approximately 10,000 sq.km around Paraburdoo in the Pilbara, which is held in Trust for approximately 360 Yinhawangka people.  YAC is experiencing significant change and growth and this position will also change and grow and will require flexibility.

About the Role

The primary purpose of the Implementation Officer is to facilitate compliance with the Regional Standards within the Regional Framework Deed (RFD) as they apply to the Yinhawangka People and YAC.

The RFD is an agreement between Rio Tinto and Pilbara Traditional Owners with the aim to continually improve how Rio Tinto operates in engaging with local Traditional Owners and for the purpose of improving the wellbeing of Aboriginal people throughout the Pilbara.

The role is responsible for ensuring awareness of the implementation obligations and commitments cited in the Yinhawangka and Rio Tinto Participation Agreement and RFD.

Key responsibilities

  • Life of Mine Planning (LoMP);
  • Participation in and coordination of LoMP related activities as directed by YAC, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager, Heritage Operations as per Rio Tinto’s key approval requirements;
  • Cultural Awareness Training – support and facilitate the provision of cultural awareness training, to Rio Tinto employees working on Yinhawangka Country;
  • Cultural Heritage;
  • Awareness of Rio Tinto’s heritage regulations, requirements and schedules;
  • Support and report to the General Manager – Heritage Operations to address concerns and commitments;
  • Attend informal and formal consultations when required by the General Manager – Heritage Operations, YAC CEO and Rio Tinto;
  • Employment and Training;
  • The primary contact for all Employment and Training related matters;
  • Develop strategies and programs designed to increase the rates of employment of Yinhawangka People;
  • Develop a sound knowledge of Rio Tinto’s (and other proponent’s) employment and training pathways;
  • Communicate education and training opportunities throughout the Yinhawangka community to increase awareness of options;
  • Land Access – Support engagement between Rio Tinto and YAC regarding processes designed to improve access for Yinhawangka People to Rio Tinto managed areas and implement related policies and procedures;
  • Engagement forums – support the organisation and implementation of a range of engagement/consultation forums both in the field and at designated meeting venues, involving Yinhawangka, YAC and Rio Tinto representatives.

Key Selection Criteria

  • Experience liaising with various stakeholders to facilitate Aboriginal and Heritage requirements and activities;
  • Safety awareness and commitment to safe work procedures in line with the YAC’s policies;
  • Previous experience in developing and implementing policies, procedures and communicate these to internal and external stakeholders and forums;
  • Experience and knowledge in the resource industry – highly desirable;
  • Experience of Aboriginal culture and working with Aboriginal People – highly desirable;
  • Willingness to participate in professional development – highly desirable;
  • Highly organized with strong time management and communications skills to manage competing and/or changing priorities;
  • Systems savvy and comfortable with technology, particularly experienced with MS office (intermediate to advanced), while able to adapt and be flexible with the changing needs of the organisation;
  • Attention to detail and basic administration exposure;
  • Drivers License - C Class. Experience driving in remote areas – highly desirable;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a strong ability to communicate tactfully and courteously;
  • High degree of self-sufficiency and the ability to work both individually and within a group context;
  • Ability to work in a remote location.

The amazing rewards you'll receive!

This is an extremely rewarding opportunity to help shape positive outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and make a genuine difference to the Pilbara region both now and into the future.  You will have fantastic opportunities to develop both professionally and personally in the role while you make lasting relationships with stakeholders at all levels and witness change firsthand.

 In return for your dedication and leadership, you will be rewarded with an attractive salary plus Superannuation and a further range of great benefits including:

  • Remote area allowance (housing & utilities);
  • Monthly mobile allowance;
  • 5 weeks annual leave;
  • Return airfares to your point of hire; and
  • A company car made available.

As part of an empowered Corporation, you will experience great job security and the collective support of the Yinhawangka People through close collaboration with the Yinhawangka Aboriginal Corporation Board, regional community organisations, and individual members, as you play a key part in an innovative reform agenda intended to create lasting positive change.

We strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, people from culturally diverse backgrounds and people with disabilities.

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