First listed on: 15 December 2022

Communications Adviser (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

  • Do you want to develop creative communication strategies for Indigenous Science and Engagement initiatives?
  • Help showcase CSIRO's Indigenous Science and Engagement Programs across Australia
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's leading scientific research organisation!

CSIRO is seeking a motivated and driven Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Communication Advisor to lead, develop and deliver a communication strategy and plan for the Indigenous Science and Engagement team. The successful candidate will work with a small team and across the broader Corporate Affairs team to design and deliver communication and engagement strategies to support the vision of ‘A science landscape in respectful partnership with Indigenous Australia delivering innovative, sustainable, holistic solutions to meet our greatest national challenges.

Working with the Program Director – Indigenous Science & Engagement and CSIRO's Corporate Affairs function, the Communication Advisor will be at the forefront of developing and delivering CSIRO’s key messaging across the organisation and externally to promote CSIRO Indigenous science outcomes and engagement. The Communication Advisor will be responsible for developing, leading, implementing and evaluating communication and engagement strategies to strengthening engagement with Indigenous communities to support respectful partnerships through impactful research.

Your duties will include:

  • Developing and implementing a communication program for CSIRO’s Indigenous Science and Engagement team which supports and promotes the implementation of CSIRO’s Indigenous Engagement Strategy and Reconciliation Action Plan.
  • Undertaking the design, implementation, and assessment of the communications and engagement plan for key internal and external stakeholders working with or conducting research for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
  • Creating and delivering integrated communication plans demonstrating Indigenous Science impact.
  • Working collaboratively across the Corporate Affairs team, integrate the Indigenous Science and Engagement communication program into the broader Corporate Affairs Strategy leveraging media relations, internal communication, digital and social, content and marketing communications to build and protect the CSIRO brand - focusing on ensuring we are relevant, engaging, and accessible.
  • Partnering with and contributing to the Indigenous Science and Engagement leadership team and others to develop, deliver, and evaluate communication strategies that align with both the Business and Enterprise Units strategy.
  • Liaising across CSIRO to identify and develop a range of compelling stories that aim to enhance CSIRO Indigenous Science and Engagement agenda

Location: Negotiable to any CSIRO site
Salary: AU$105,806k - AU$114,500k per annum (pro-rata for part-time) plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite, Full-time
Reference: 91081

To be considered you will need:

  • A degree, in a relevant discipline (e.g. communication, marketing, business, or journalism), and/or an equivalent combination of relevant work experience and/or education and training.
  • Relevant experience in leadership and management within large or complex organisations.
  • Experience designing, implementing, and assessing communications and engagement plans for Indigenous programs.
  • Communication management experience in a complex business encompassing:
    • Strategic planning and implementation, calculating risk, problem-solving, effective team and budget management;
    • Producing creative communication strategies delivered through multiple channels including non-traditional medias;
    • Delivery of high-profile communication campaigns resulting in widespread national media coverage, stakeholder engagement, and client satisfaction. 

For full details about this role please review 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.

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

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

29th January 2023, 11:00pm AEST

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