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Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer, Aclo, 208793


Education, Childcare & Training
Source: uWorkin


Temporary full-time for a period up to 27 January 2022

Location: Irrawang High School

The role works as part of a team to develop partnerships and understanding between the Aboriginal community and the Department of Education at all levels, thereby helping to improve the outcomes for Aboriginal school students.

About the role

The role works as part of a team to develop partnerships and understanding between the Aboriginal community and the Department of Education at all levels, thereby helping to improve the outcomes for Aboriginal school students.

Promote departmental policies and programs through liaison with Aboriginal communities. Including support the facilitation of Aboriginal community involvement in educational initiatives including student learning and wellbeing programs.

Assist with building the capacity of Aboriginal community members and departmental officers to work effectively to achieve the goals of Aboriginal education.

Act as a conduit between local AECG’s and Regional AECG’s, Educational Services teams and school

Communities to ensure improvement in educational outcomes for Aboriginal learners.

About the role

Irrawang High School was established in 1983 and attracts students primarily from Medowie, and Wirreanda Public Schools in Medowie and Irrawang and Grahamstown Public Schools in Raymond Terrace.

As one of two state comprehensive co-educational high schools located in Raymond Terrace, Irrawang High School has an anticipated 2020 enrolment of over 1000 students, with 17% of students having an Aboriginal Torres Strait Island background.

The school promotes excellence in academic, cultural and sporting performance and also provides a wide range of creative and performing arts opportunities. The school has implemented a range of strategies to support the education of gifted and talented students.

Significant equity funding allows the school to implement a number of successful initiatives that assist the wellbeing and education of students and support families.

The school also has specialised classes catering for those students with special needs. A strong transition program is in place with our partner primary schools.

The school's Positive Behaviour for Learning expectations are Respect, Responsibility and Personal Best. There is an extensive support staff that includes an Aboriginal Education Worker, Community Liaison Officer, Defence Transition Mentor and School Chaplain.

The school enjoys the strong support of an active P&C and the local business community. Irrawang High School is an integral part of the Lakeside Learning Community and works closely with the Youyoong Local AECG.

About the Department of Education

We ensure young children get the best start in life by supporting and regulating the early childhood education and care sector. We are the largest provider of public education in Australia with responsibility for delivering high-quality public education to two-thirds of the NSW student population.

For more information about the Department of Education, please visit NSW Department of Education

How to apply

The NSW Department of Education is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce as an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. We encourage diverse applicants from a range of backgrounds to apply for roles in the department.

To apply for this role, please submit an application by clicking “Apply Online” below. To apply, you will need to attach a cover letter (max. 2 pages) and your resume (max. 5 pages) in either Word or PDF format. Please address any pre-screening questions and any essential requirements. We are looking for you to demonstrate your competence in the focus capabilities as outlined in the role descriptionin your answer, so please develop your response with this in mind.

Note: the selection process will include a range of assessment techniques to assist in determining your suitability for the role.

Notes: Aboriginality is a genuine occupational qualification and is authorised by Section 14 of the Anti-Discrimination Act, 1977.

This is an Aboriginal identified role. When applying for an Aboriginal identified position, applicants must provide confirmation of Aboriginality and a certified statutory declaration upon interview as defined in the Confirmation of Aboriginality Guidelines.


This is a child-related role. If you are the successful candidate you will be required to obtain a Working with Children Check (WWCC) Clearance number as a condition of employment (if you do not already have this). For more information, visit https://www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/child-safe-organisations/working-with-children-check

In addition, your employment may be subject to the Department’s Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check to determine your suitability for employment.

If you are called to interview you will need to provide the following:

Proof of Identity information

Informed Consent Form

Declaration for child-related work


Describe how you would work as part of a team to develop partnerships between Aboriginal community and Irrawang High School. (300 or 400 words maximum).

Explain how you would work as part of a team to bring about improved educational outcomes for Aboriginal learners at Irrawang High School. (300 or 400 words maximum).


  • Aboriginality
  • Valid Working With Children Check clearance

Note: A recruitment pool may be created through this recruitment process. A recruitment pool is a group of applicants who have been assessed and identified as suitable for this role or similar roles, and who may be considered for a range of similar roles, including temporary, term or ongoing roles, over the next 18 months.