Aboriginal Arts Development Officer

Job No: BC1216
Location: Blacktown, NSW

Blacktown City Council is the second largest Council in NSW and a leader in the growth and development of the Western Sydney region. With a population of over 360,000 and a total of 48 residential suburbs, working in Blacktown City provides a wide portfolio of professional opportunities.  

At Blacktown City Council we are proud to be supporters of a wide, diverse community and strive towards building the best council in Australia, achieving this through initiatives such as becoming a White Ribbon accredited Council.

About the opportunity

Blacktown City Council has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Aboriginal artsworker to join the Blacktown Arts team. The position programs Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander work at the Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre and in community settings. The position holder is responsible for developing and implementing our Aboriginal Arts Development Strategy.

Blacktown Arts is a recognised leader in the development of contemporary arts in Australia. We support artistic innovation and offer exciting, new experiences for audiences through an award-winning curated program of exhibitions, performances, workshops, residencies and events. Blacktown Arts is committed to exploring dynamic, culturally diverse work that reflects Blacktown, its history and its communities. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and communities are at the heart of our program.

Blacktown City Council supports flexible work arrangements and proposals are invited from candidates for flexible work options such as part-time or job share.

Qualifications and Experience


  • Aboriginality (In accordance with Section 14 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977, Aboriginality is a genuine occupational qualification for this position)
  • Tertiary qualifications in a related field or equivalent relevant experience
  • Experience in cultural planning, policy development and project management
  • Extensive experience in contracting and working in consultation with artists, in arts organisations and with Aboriginal communities.


  • Knowledge and understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal artists and Aboriginal communities in Blacktown 
  • Knowledge of services and resources available to support arts development in Aboriginal communities 
  • Demonstrated understanding of the role and structure of local government 
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills, including the ability to write clear and concise written reports and correspondence 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of relevant local, state and federal funding bodies
  • Current Class ‘C’ Driver's Licence.

Remuneration and benefits

The salary and conditions of employment are in accordance with Blacktown City Council’s Enterprise Agreement.

  • A competitive salary range of $1,479.50 - $1,657.10 (Grade 13) per week based on qualifications and experience (pro-rata for part time hours).
  • 35 hour working week (full time), part time hours or job share will be considered
  • Opportunity to participate in Council's flextime arrangement (if full time hours are worked)
  • Employee benefits such as leave entitlements, 9.5% employer superannuation contribution, Fitness Passport and gym membership discounts, and social clubs.

Position Description 

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  1. Have your resume and any other relevant documentation ready to attach. 
  2. Have a personal email address ready to use and complete your application without 'logging-out' of the system.
  3. Review the questions and decide on your responses before commencing your application.

    Best of luck.


Closing Date:        19 April 2019       

Contact Officer:    Jenny Bisset 9839 6081


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