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Senior Geospatial Specialist

Job No: 94389
Location: Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne or Cairns

  • Federal Court Staff Level 6 (APS6)
  • $74,610 to $85,705 per annum, plus superannuation
  • Ongoing, Full-time
  • This position will be based in Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne or Cairns

Overview of Agency

From 1 July 2016, the Courts Administration Legislation Amendment Act 2016 merged the corporate services of the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia with the Federal Court of Australia into a single administrative entity – the Federal Court of Australia. The entity also includes the National Native Title Tribunal.

The Act makes provision for the courts to share corporate services including Human Resources, Information Technology, Finance as well as other functions.

Under the arrangement, each court remains independent to fulfil its statutory obligations. Heads of Jurisdiction continue to be responsible for managing the administrative affairs of their respective courts (excluding corporate services), with assistance from a Chief Executive Officer and Principal Registrar.

All staff of the courts are employed by the Federal Court of Australia under the Public Service Act 1999 regardless of which court or tribunal they work for or provide services to.

Organisational Context

The National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT) is an authority established by the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) (the Act) which has offices in four Australian States.

The Tribunal comprises a President and members, who are appointed by the Governor General under the Act to make decisions, conduct inquiries, reviews and mediations, and assist various parties with native title applications, and Indigenous Land Use Agreements.

The Tribunal is supported by the Native Title Registrar (Registrar), who together with the President and members, have separate and specific functions and responsibilities to perform under the Act. Staff assisting the Tribunal and the Registrar are employed by the Federal Court of Australia.

Position Overview

The Senior Geospatial Specialist reports to the Geospatial Manager (Operations) and works within geospatial operations team providing expertise to the NNTT in the area of geospatial and related native title information and the application of such in facilitating timely, effective native title and related outcomes.

Key Relationships:

  • Geospatial Manager (Operations) - direct report, performance management, seeks advice on complex geospatial matters as required, reports on progress, provides quality assurance in regard to geospatial products and services.
  • Team members - works cooperatively with fellow team members.
  • Tribunal staff - liaising in relation to timeframes and the provision of geospatial products and services.
  • External stakeholders - liaising with, provision of geospatial products and services in relation to native title matters.
  • Geospatial data and software providers.

Major Activities

  1. Supervise and mentor staff, including undertaking performance appraisals.
  2. Undertaking complex mapping and geospatial analysis associated with native title matters, including the preparation, provision and assessment of geographic descriptions and maps.
  3. Prepare reports, papers, advice, briefings and submissions to the Geospatial Services management on matters relevant to geospatial information services provided to and by the NNTT.
  4. Manage the maintenance of custodial geospatial records associated with native title matters.
  5. Actively contribute to opportunities for business improvements and assists in identifying customer/stakeholder interests and needs.
  6. Report on allocated performance and outputs.
  7. Act as product owner for allocated products with responsibility for ensuring those products comply with appropriate organisation and government policy, and meet stakeholders’ requirements.
  8. Advocate and promote geospatial services and products to both internal and external stakeholders.
  9. Assists with the development of geospatial information products and services.
  10. Establish, maintain and improve collaborative and consultative processes and relationships with staff, external bodies and clients as required.
  11. Participate in the sections operational planning process and the development of outcomes.
  12. Scan both internal and external environments to monitor professional trends and identify impacts on work practices.

Note: Tasks and duties of the role may change from time to time with the operations needs of the organisation.

Competencies & Attributes

The successful applicant will have experience working in a geospatial team environment and will be adaptable to geospatial technologies and administrative changes.

As the National Native Title Tribunal delivers services to Indigenous Australians, employees are expected to have, or be able to acquire a knowledge and understanding of Indigenous cultures and the issues affecting those cultures in Australian society.

Formal Qualifications

Relevant tertiary qualifications, or recognised equivalent, in a spatial science discipline is essential, e.g. Geographic Information Systems, Spatial Sciences, Surveying, or Land Information Systems.

Selection Criteria

  1. Possessing and demonstrating an understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; and
  2. Possessing and demonstrating an ability to communicate sensitively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders people.
  3. Knowledge of native title and the National Native Title Tribunal’s functions or the ability to quickly acquire this.
  4. Substantial knowledge of Geospatial data and information associated with:
  • Torrens land tenure system.
  • Interpretation of historical tenure
  • Mining, Petroleum and other land or water based tenures.
  • Native title
  1. Extensive experience in spatial analysis and mapping using GIS/desktop mapping and web based mapping software.
  2. The ability to use leadership skills to positively influence people, promote team effectiveness and contribute to the development of strategies for the delivery of high quality spatial services.
  3. Advanced communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to facilitate cooperation between business units.

Please Note:   This vacancy is advertised as an ‘identified position’ as both the role and the work of the National Native Title Tribunal have a strong involvement in issues relating to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.   Successful applicants are required to have knowledge and understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people and the ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people (criteria 1 & 2 above). For further information about Identified Positions see


Employment with the Court is subject to the conditions prescribed in the Public Service Act 1999, and the following:

  1. Australian citizenship – the successful applicant must hold Australian citizenship;
  2. Security and character clearance – the successful applicant must satisfy a Police Records Check, and may also be required to complete security clearances during the course of their employment;
  3. Health clearance – the successful applicant may be required to complete a health declaration or attend a medical assessment to confirm their fitness for duty.

Interested candidates who have received a redundancy benefit from an APS agency are welcome to apply, but note that they cannot be engaged until their redundancy benefit period has expired.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander job seekers and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

To apply for this position please click on the “apply now” button on the Federal Court website (

To be considered you will need to upload a comprehensive statement of claims (no more than 3 pages) against the selection criteria, attach an up to date resume and copies of any relevant qualifications by 11:55PM on 22 November 2017.

For more information contact Matthew Harris, Geospatial Manager (Operations), by email or by phone 1800 640 501 or 03 9920 3000.

Indigenous contact officer - Rachelle Singleton by email: or phone 1800 640 501 or 07 4046 9000.

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