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Mining & Petroleum Tenement Officer

Job No: 99857
Location: Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands, SA

  • Gain a unique multicultural experience with genuine job satisfaction
  • Competitive salary of $90,000 plus super, 6 weeks annual leave and salary sacrificing options!
  • Subsidised accommodation and relocation allowance provided
  • Bilingual qualification Language Allowance and Pitjantjatjara Language Course available

About the Organisation

Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) is incorporated by the 1981 Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights Act whereby the SA Parliament gave Aboriginal people title to more than 103,000 square kilometres of arid land in the far northwest of South Australia. All Pitjantjatjara, Yankunytjatjara and Ngaanyatjarra people who are traditional owners of any part of the Lands are members of Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara.

The main communities on the Lands include: Indulkana, Mimili, Kaltjiti, Pukatja, Amata, Pipalyatjara, and Watarru. There are several homelands as well, the larger ones being Kalka, Kanpi, Nyapari and Yunyarinyi . The APY administration centre of the Lands is located at Umuwa.

About the Opportunity

Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) has a unique opportunity for a Mining & Petroleum Tenement Officer to join their team on a full-time basis. This role is based in Umuwa, within the APY Lands in remote South Australia.

Reporting to the APY General Manager, this position is primarily responsible for ensuring mining and infrastructure projects on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands comply with the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights (SA) Act 1981. It includes the provision of high-level administration and coordination of minerals exploration licences and infrastructure projects, including professional advice to management.

Some of your day-to-day responsibilities will include:

  • Effectively administering and coordinating exploration and mining and/or petroleum licence applications, agreements and infrastructure projects on the APY Lands in compliance with the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights (SA) Act 1981;
  • Provide advice and ensure effective implementation of the terms of exploration, mining and/or petroleum agreements, particularly in regards to cultural, environmental and financial terms;
  • In close collaboration with APY Anthropology consult with Anangu traditional owners and community members regarding current and proposed mining and/or petroleum activities on the APY Lands, seek direction, record Anangu traditional owner instructions and ensure appropriate disbursement of mining funds; and
  • Assisting with the negotiation of exploration, mining and/or petroleum agreements and maintaining relevant documentation and files.

About You

The successful candidate will be degree qualified in geology, resource management, social science or related discipline and have demonstrated ability in project planning and management, including delivering projects on time and on budget, with minimal supervision. 

With a demonstrated aptitude for community-based planning and engagement, you will have highly developed interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively across a culturally and demographically diverse group of people, including local community members. In addition, as you will be regularly communicating with people who speak English as a second or third language, the ability to understand technical information and explain it to these groups, is a must. 

In addition to a strong interest in working with Indigenous people on their country, it is also essential that you have an appreciation of contemporary Aboriginal issues, especially in relation to cultural and socio-economic challenges in remote central Australia. Any prior experience working with Aboriginal people in remote areas will be highly regarded.

This is a dynamic and varied role and as such you will be undertaking extensive travel across the APY Lands, for which you will be provided a fully serviced 4WD. Due to these travel requirements, you will need a current Australian manual driver's licence.

Please note: APY is a ‘dry’ area where alcohol is prohibited. Umuwa is a very remote community without any essential services and as such, the successful candidate must be self-reliant and comfortable working within these conditions. 

To view a complete position description, click here.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates strongly encouraged to apply!

About the Benefits

Working in one of the most remote locations in all of Australia, this role presents you with a rare opportunity to completely immerse yourself in a different culture and make a real, positive difference to a local community. 

Living in the APY Lands you will experience amazing culture and country that most people will never see, whilst getting the chance to work in conservation management within an organisation that has a very strong community development ethos.  

You will be awarded an attractive salary of $90,000 plus super and a host of benefits including:

A range of additional benefits are also on offer, including:

  • A District Allowance at $2,820 (non-dependent rate) or $4,560 (dependent rate);
  • Six weeks annual leave with 17.5% leave loading;
  • Access to Public Benevolent Institution salary packaging;
  • One domestic return airfare for every year of service;
  • Two weeks' Study Leave
  • Accommodation is provided at heavily subsidised rent; and
  • Generous relocation allowance. 

A bilingual qualification Language Allowance is also available for applicants able to speak both English and any one of Pitjantjatjara, Yankunytjatjara or Ngaanyatjarra languages. A two week intensive Pitjantjatjara Language Course is available for all new staff.

This is a rare opportunity to live and work in an extraordinary cultural and environmental landscape in Central Australia. For more information - Apply Now!

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