• Salary Range Band 7 $107,570 - $120,376plus 11.5% Super
  • Full Time Permanent position
  • Located at St Kilda Town Hall with flexible working arrangements possible

About the Organisation

The City of Port Phillip acknowledges the Indigenous Australians as the original inhabitants of this land, having endured European settlement for over two centuries. We deeply value the contributions made by our First Peoples Communities and are dedicated to enhancing and promoting our culture and community.

As an iconic inner-city council, we employ approximately 1000 individuals who administer over 100 programs and services to our residents, businesses, and visitors. These range from childcare and immunisations, to libraries, management of parks and open space, rubbish collection, road maintenance and more. City of Port Phillip has zero tolerance for child abuse and is a committed Child Safe organisation.

About the Role

The First Peoples Lead will offer leadership to drive reconciliation efforts, provide inspired guidance to our First Peoples program and team, and advise our organisation and Council.

This role will entail overseeing our relationships with all Traditional Owner groups that hold historical and cultural ties to our city, First Peoples Service Providers, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders residing in or visiting Port Phillip.

This is an identified position for an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person.


  • Provide organisational leadership and advice.
  • Oversee crucial stakeholder relationships.
  • Assess emerging topics and opportunities, offering guidance across various areas including reconciliation, employment, health and well-being service planning, civic protocols, traditional ownership and land management.

Skills and Experience

  • Knowledge of First Peoples' culture.
  • Ability to communicate sensitively, and effectively
  • Experience in policy development, report writing.
  • Experience in sustaining engagement and partnerships between government, Traditional Owners, Aboriginal-controlled organizations, and local communities.
  • Experience in program and policy development and apply this to work within corporate processes and timeframes
  • Relevant tertiary qualifications and relevant experience.


  • Flexible working conditions.
  • An innovative and supportive team, known for delivering community focused initiatives.
  • Supportive and empowering leadership.
  • Training and development opportunities, study assistance, paid parental leave, an active social club, a health and wellbeing program, and a well- regarded Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

Security Requirements and Professional Obligations

Pre-employment screening will apply to all appointments.

Prior to a formal letter of offer, preferred applicants will be asked to provide:

  • Evidence of mandatory qualifications/registrations/licences
  • Sufficient proof of their right to work in Australia
  • Sufficient proof of their identity
  • Complete a National Police Check completed via City of Port Phillip’s Provider
  • Evidence of a Working with Children Check (employee type with City of Port Phillip registered as the organisation)

How to Apply


All applicants must provide a Cover Letter in response to the key selection criteria located on the last page of the position description. The Cover Letter should be no longer than 2 pages and include each heading in the Key Selection Criteria.

Note: Only applications submitted via the online Recruitment Portal will be considered and only shortlisted candidates will be provided feedback

Please Note:

  • All applicants must provide a Resume and cover letter (maximum two pages) in response to the key selection criteria located on the last page of the position description.
  • Due to the extensive number of applications received by Council, only shortlisted candidates will be provided feedback.
  • Acceptance of late applications is at the discretion of the hiring manager.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Tanja Heil, Coordinator Housing Safety and Reconciliation via phone 0402 956 483 or email tanja.heil@portphillip.vic.gov.au

Applications close 11.59pm Sunday 14 July 2024

The City of Port Phillip is an equal opportunity employer, committed to an inclusive and accessible environment where diversity is valued. We actively welcome and encourage candidates from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, First Nation and Torres Strait Islander candidates, members of the LGBTQIA+ community and candidates with a disability.

If you have accessibility requirements or require an adjustment to participate in our recruitment and selection process, please contact Shane Turner (Recruitment Advisor) on phone 0421 757 521 or email: recruitment@portphillip.vic.gov.au



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Job Overview
Job Posted:
2 weeks ago
Job Type
Full Time
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