First listed on: 28 February 2023

Indigenous Engagement Project Officer - Biosecurity (Identified Role - Indigenous)


Acknowledgement of Country

CSIRO acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land, sea and waters, of the area that we live and work on across Australia. We acknowledge their continuing connection to their culture and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. View our vision towards reconciliation

The Opportunity

  • Are you an Indigenous Engagement and project specialist passionate about Indigenous-led activities and approaches?
  • Develop partnerships, initiatives and strategies that support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ participation in Australian Biosecurity outcomes
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s leading scientific research organisation!

We a looking for an Indigenous engagement and project specialist to help facilitate and enable the development of partnerships, initiatives and strategies with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

As one of the world's largest multidisciplinary science and research organisations, we are in a unique position to foster and build respectful partnerships with Indigenous Australia, which is critical to solving the issues that matter the most: for our quality of life, for the economy and for our environment. The CSIRO-DAFF (Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) Catalysing Australia’s Biosecurity (CAB) initiative is a joint biosecurity research, development and innovation work program between CSIRO and DAFF. Its overarching draft goal is to improve long-term national biosecurity outcomes by delivering innovative technologies, digital systems and capabilities that transform performance.

The Indigenous Engagement and Project Officer will ensure Indigenous perspectives, values, and aspirations are considered and embedded throughout our entire project of work and play a vital role in building relationships with Traditional Owners and Custodians. Success in the role will see genuine engagement and inclusion of Indigenous values, aspirations and perspectives with a defined approach for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to maintain an ongoing role in strengthening biosecurity systems and protecting our agricultural industries, natural resources, environment and way of life.

Your duties will include:

  • Design, develop, adapt and coordinate Indigenous-led activities including facilitating engagement and networking with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders aimed at supporting an Indigenous-led activity portfolio
  • Provide advice on Indigenous matters and engagement in relation to the governance and operation of the work program, as well as in delivery of research project activities.
  • Be a conduit to stakeholder engagement groups to communicate the needs and priorities as they relate to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ needs and priorities.
  • Enhance Indigenous involvement in the DAFF-CSIRO biosecurity research, development and innovation work program by assisting with, and advising on the co-development of fit for purpose research and technology solutions, and creation of economic opportunities.

Locations:  Canberra preferred, however all Australian CSIRO locations considered.
Salary:  AU$102,724k - AU$ 111,165k per annum (pro-rata for part-time) plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:  Specified term until February 2026, Full-time
Reference: 91654

To be considered you will need:

  • A relevant tertiary qualification and/or relevant experience in a similar position.
  • Strong stakeholder engagement experience and the ability clearly convey information and ideas.
  • A strong demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander societies, cultures, and the issues affecting these cultures in Australian society and a demonstrated ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • Experience successfully designing, coordinating and delivering projects, particularly for and with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities in mind.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description.


CSIRO considers the filling of this position is intended to constitute a special/equal opportunity/affirmative measure under section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth).

The position is therefore only open to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people with Australian Citizenship. The successful applicant will be required to provide evidence to confirm that they are an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person.

The successful applicant will be required to provide contact details of at least one Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Cultural Referee to confirm their ability to work and communication respectfully with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

CSIRO is committed to values-based leadership to inspire performance and unlock the potential of our people.

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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

28 March 2023, 11:00pm AEST/AEDT

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