Aboriginal Cultural Development Officer

Dubbo Regional Council Full Time Permanent 31/10/2022

We are Dubbo Regional Council, a large regional Council servicing a growing community of over 50,000 people. With an operating expenditure budget of approximately $200 million, we have 600 team members working across a diverse range of areas including planning, infrastructure, community and cultural services, administration, economic development, corporate business and recreational services. 


Our focus is on delivering high quality services, strengthening our community engagement and strategic management capabilities, building an organisation based on performance and continuous improvement whilst creating a values based organisational culture and developing a professional and engaged team that delivers on our shared values; Progressive, Sustainable, One Team and Integrity.


The Dubbo Region outshines the big metropolitan cities in both affordability and liveability, with an impressive range of housing options, health and education services and little to no work commute – your quality of life is second to none.  The real heart of New South Wales, our Region is a dynamic centre that offers the dual benefits of relaxation and space with the amenities of a major city. With a population almost 55,000 and 5,143 registered businesses the Dubbo Region is thriving. Key assets for the Region include a major hospital that services a broad catchment population of 120,000 people in the Orana Region, as well as world class tourist attractions and impressive transport links including direct flights to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Ballina and Newcastle. Dubbo Regional Council is part of Wiradjuri Country and we acknowledge all clan groups that reside within the Dubbo and Wellington Wiradjuri Nation.


As a result of the Destination Dubbo: International Ready funding Dubbo Regional Council is constructing the Wiradjuri Tourism Centre (Final Facility name yet to be determined). This facility will present a range of new programs and services and has been developed to become a significant new tourism facility for the region, supporting increased international visitation. The facility's focus will be on presenting an educative and immersive experience of Wiradjuri Culture, including historical and contemporary exhibitions, events, education programs, artist residencies and performances. The facility will also be home to a commercial gallery, shop and café.

This role will be responsible for developing and actioning a program of cultural experiences (exhibitions, events, workshops, community development programs) primarily presented at the Wiradjuri Tourism Experience. Their work will be to provide the facility's high-level cultural content, which draws visitation and engagement to the facility. Alongside the wider Cultural Development Team, this role will focus on developing and presenting First Nations cultural experiences across the region. They will work directly with the community to ensure community expectations and cultural safety are supported.

This role has been highlighted as one that should be filled by a person who identifies as Aboriginal. The work undertaken by this person requires high-level cultural knowledge and will work directly with the community to develop and present exhibitions and community events. There is very high community and sector expectation that the programming should be led by someone who identifies as Aboriginal.

Dubbo Regional Council considers that being Aboriginal is a genuine occupational qualification under section 14 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW).

An original copy of the confirmation of Aboriginal identity must be cited at the interview.

  • Develop and implement an annual education programme and budget
  • Develop and implement educational interactives/components for exhibitions and events
  • Volunteer and contractor management
  1. Identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
  2. Broad knowledge of the Australian arts sector, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art as relevant to the position.
  3. Degree Qualification in arts / history / museum studies/ education or community development or related discipline or 3 years’ experience working in the creative/cultural programing or exhibitions sector.
  4. Proven ability to work well both independently and in a team environment.
  5. Proven time management skills and the ability to prioritise a large body of work and a variety of activities in a high pressure environment.
  6. Good communication skills, both written and spoken, with proven ability to write correspondence and reports and communicate effectively with stakeholders both internally and externally.
  7. Thorough understanding of computer applications (word, excel, Internet).

You are a collaborative, community focused team player who is passionate about supporting and showcasing the creative talent of regional communities. With experience in working with communities to support their vision, you will been passionate about programs that enliven cultural understanding and engagement. You are keen to further develop your experience and capabilities within a positive team environment and effectively support a wide range of stakeholders to achieve identified outcomes.


In undertaking this key role in our diverse organisation, you will be offered a range of benefits, including 4 weeks annual leave, access to DRC fitness passport program, and wellbeing program.

DRC also offers a variety of flexible working arrangements, learning and development opportunities, generous leave allowances and has an active Social Club.

DRC has a variety of Salary Packaging options available to staff including:

  • Superannuation
  • Rainbow Cottage Childcare
  • Professional Memberships
  • Excess Long Service Leave to Superannuation
  • Uniforms
  • Novated Vehicle Leasing
  • Remote Area Housing Assistance
  • Work Related Self Education Expenses
  • Portable Notebook or Laptop computer
  • Airline Lounge Memberships
  • Disability/Income Protection Insurance
  • Tools of Trade

Furthermore, DRC also offers flexible working conditions, learning and development opportunities, generous leave allowances and has an active Social Club.

DRC is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion.

Please refer to the attached Position Description for the entire scope of essential and desirable criteria.

Salary: $79,147 to $91,980 plus superannuation

Closing Date: 5:00pm Monday 12 December 2022

Enquiries: For a confidential discussion regarding this position, please contact Council's Cultural Development Coordinator - 02 6801 4432

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