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Administration and Community Liaison Officer

Job no: 0028609
Location: Parkville
Role type: Full time, Continuing
Department/School: Murrup Barak, Student and Scholarly Services
Salary: UOM 5 - $75,011 - $86,158 p.a. plus 17% super

Only Indigenous Australians are eligible to apply as this position is exempt under the Special Measure Provision, Section 12 (1) of the Equal Opportunity Act 2011 (Vic).
The University of Melbourne acknowledges the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia. The University recognises the unique place held by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the original custodians of country and their continued connection to the land, waterways, songlines and culture. The University respects all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and warmly embrace those students, staff, Elders and collaborators who identify as First Nations.

To read our Reconciliation Action Plan, please view this link: Unimelb-Reconciliation-Action-Plan.pdf

About Student and Scholarly Services
Student and Scholarly Services provides student administration and services from recruitment and point of enquiry to graduation.  This team also delivers wellbeing and scholarly services to students and staff.

Murrup Barak is the University of Melbourne’s Indigenous Student Centre. We support future students and families, and well as the community of over 500 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students studying across undergraduate and graduate degrees. 

About the Role
As the Administration and Community Liaison Officer, you will support the day-to-day function of Murrup Barak, ensuring smooth and efficient operations of the centre. You will take direction from a range of stakeholders within Murrup Barak and work with a high level of accountability and integrity to prioritise tasks and deliver quality administrative support. You will also build and maintain relationships with external stakeholders, including the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, Elders, and other key departments across the University.

In a typical week at work, you may:

  • Be the first point of contact for Murrup Barak, manage all general enquiries via email and phone, and make any necessary referrals
  • Provide executive support to the Director, including diary management, email triage and coordinating staff meetings
  • Provide administrative support to the Student Success Team and Outreach Team, assisting staff with a range of service requests
  • Represent the University when liaising with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community

This role is a fantastic development opportunity for an experienced administrator, looking to build on a range of skills that support a career in Indigenous community engagement.

About You
You will be a self-starter, who is highly organised and able to work autonomously within a strong and supportive team. You will have strong attention to detail, with high-level computer and administrative skills. Your ability to take initiative and proactively plan, implement and manage multiple tasks will set you up for success in this role.

Ideally, you will further have:

  • A combination of relevant experience and education/training
  • Experience in working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities. Knowledge and understanding of approaches to engagement with communities, including understanding cultural protocols
  • Demonstrated ability to provide a range of administrative support with a capacity to exercise sound judgment, diplomacy and discretion while maintaining confidentiality
  • Developed contacts with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities or the ability to develop these

Benefits for Indigenous staff  

    • Cultural leave: The University acknowledges the Kinship system as a feature of Indigenous social organisation and family relationships that determines how individuals relate to each other and their Indigenous cultural and societal roles, responsibilities, and obligations in relation to one another, ceremonial business and land. Indigenous staff members are entitled to up to five days non-cumulative paid leave per calendar year for the purpose of attending NAIDOC, community, cultural and ceremonial activities
    • University policies: Indigenous staff are supported by the University’s Reconciliation Action Plan and Indigenous Employment Framework, with the commitment to improving the employment, retention and career progression outcomes for Indigenous staff members
    • Indigenous Staff Network: All University of Melbourne employees who are and have identified themselves to the University as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander will automatically be entitled to membership to the Indigenous Staff Network (ISN)
    • Murrup Barak lunches: Weekly lunches are held by Murrup Barak for all Indigenous staff and student in the Murrup Barak building
    • Cultural events: The University hosts annual cultural events such as the Wominjeka to begin the Academic Year and the Narrm Oration, and recognises significant times throughout the year such as, Reconciliation Week, Mabo Day and NAIDOC Week
    • Employee Assistance Program: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Support Line available free for you and your immediate family members

'Indigenous' here means a person of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent.

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Join Us!
If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with your CV and cover letter outlining your interest and experience.  Please note that you are not required to provide detailed responses against the selection criteria in the Position Description.

Should you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the Talent Acquisition team at

Applications close: 1 JUNE 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

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