First listed on: 09 May 2023

Heritage Advisor

About us: 

CitiPower, Powercor and United Energy own and operate the electricity distribution networks servicing 1.9 million customers located across 65% of Victoria. These customers include large numbers of households as well as commercial and industrial businesses, world class arts, health and sporting precincts, popular tourism regions and the biggest infrastructure projects in Victoria. 

We provide reliable, safe, and affordable electricity and our businesses are independently rated as the best in the country for their efficiency.  Sustaining this is all the more critical and challenging as greater electrification of homes, fleets and industries becomes a core strategy for reducing carbon emissions and addressing climate change.   

Increasingly, our networks are connecting new large-scale renewable energy generators and integrating technologies like solar, batteries and electric vehicles as customers change the way they generate, use, store and share power.  This demand is transforming the electricity market faster than any change we’ve ever seen before.  As a result, our people are at the frontline in developing and implementing innovative technologies and solutions necessary for the future of our industry not only in Victoria but globally. 

We value inclusive leadership and teams and celebrate the results of succeeding together. 

Our greatest priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of our people and the communities we operate within.  This includes their physical safety - ensuring everyone gets home safely everyday – as well as their psychological safety by ensuring everyone has the resources and support needed to achieve a work-life balance and be the best they can be.   

About the role: 

We are building our internal skills and capability in the areas of natural resources and heritage management.  Be part of this new team to deliver meaningful change. 

The purpose of this role is to promote a greater organisational understanding of and compliance with heritage protection and preservation requirements across CitiPower, Powercor, Beon and United Energy.

Through effective engagement with key stakeholders, the role will support the development, execution and monitoring of programs to embed industry-leading heritage management. The role will act as the businesses’ heritage subject matter expert and be the key operational contact with external groups such as Registered Aboriginal Parties and Heritage Victoria.

This role can be based in Melbourne, Geelong, Ballarat or Bendigo.

What you’ll deliver:

  • Provide advice to the business on management policies and processes related to heritage legislation.
  • Act as the heritage compliance subject matter expert for the business.
  • Support and drive a proactive culture where the philosophy of continuous improvement is embedded within the business to improve heritage management. 
  • Provide support for delivery/operational teams (i.e., project managers, maintenance, vegetation clearance, field delivery teams and construction contractors) regarding their heritage obligations, including the submission of and compliance with Heritage Consents, Heritage Permits, Cultural Heritage Permits, Preliminary Aboriginal Heritage Tests and Cultural Heritage Management Plans.
  • Provide input into the development and implementation of an industry-leading heritage protection and preservation procedure/model, including processes, and procedures which manages compliance obligations across the business.
  • Establish and manage strong operational relationships with Registered Aboriginal Parties (RAPs), Traditional Owner Groups, Aboriginal communities, First Peoples-State Relations, Heritage Victoria and other external regulatory authorities.
  • Develop, create and deliver training and awareness programs to improve knowledge of responsibilities under the relevant legislative frameworks and internal compliance processes embedding best practice across the business.

To succeed in the role you’ll have: 

  • Extensive professional experience in undertaking heritage assessments and permitting/approvals process.
  • Defining and delivering respectful, culturally appropriate communication and engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Strong working knowledge of, and application of, the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 and subordinate regulations, Victorian Heritage Act and assessment guidelines as they relate to utilities and construction industry.
  • In-depth understanding of heritage and Aboriginal cultural heritage management issues in Victoria.
  • A relevant tertiary qualification which meet Heritage Advisor requirements pursuant to the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 (Victoria), such as a minimum of Honours degree in archaeology, anthropology, history, cultural heritage management or equivalent experience over a period of time
  • Strong stakeholder engagement skills 

Your career with us:

We have a diversity of teams across our business, all contributing to great customer and community outcomes. Our people are our most important asset, and we continually invest in nurturing their capability. 

We proudly strive to provide a safe, inclusive, and sustainable environment where all our people feel respected, valued and supported to bring their whole selves to work and be the best they can be. 

With an embedded Inclusion & Diversity Strategy and initiatives like our Women in Power networking group, and Sparkle, our LGBTIQ+ allies pride network, we’re committed to equal opportunities for all employees.  

We are proud to be recognised as a WORK180 Endorsed Employer for all women. Click here to check out our benefits.

Our greatest priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of our people and the communities we operate within. This includes their physical safety – ensuring everyone gets home safely everyday – as well as their psychological safety, by ensuring everyone has the resources and support needed to achieve a work-life balance and be the best they can be.   

What’s next? 

If you think you have what it takes, but don’t necessarily check every box, or would like to discuss a different or flexible way of working, please still get in touch with us at

Please submit your application via our careers website by 28 May 2023. For the full Position Description, reach out to Luke Castro from the Talent Team at 

We encourage applications from all communities; people of all ages, nationalities, abilities and cultures, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the LGBTQI+ community and people living with disability. 

If you require adjustments as part of the recruitment process to accommodate your needs, please don’t hesitate to discuss these with us. 

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