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Talent Acquisition Officer - Aboriginal Identified

NSW Department of Communities and Justice
  • Ongoing Full-Time
  • Location: Parramatta
  • Clerk Grade 5/6, Salary ($87,493 - $96,540), plus employer’s contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading
  • This position is open to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants only.

Department of Justice considers that being an Australian Aboriginal or a Torres Strait Islander is a genuine occupational qualification for this role in accordance with Sections 14 and 21 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 and under Clause 26 of the Government Sector Employment (General) Rules 2014.

About us

The Department of Communities and Justice carries an important purpose across many areas of its work, particularly when it comes to improving outcomes for children and young people, Aboriginal people, people with disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people experiencing domestic and family violence, victims of sexual assault, juvenile offenders, people at high risk of reoffending, and people experiencing homelessness.

Working together for stronger communities means we can continue to deliver our services with a more unified and collaborative approach. This means a greater focus on prevention and early intervention, faster responses, more seamless operations, less duplication of effort and better outcomes.

About the role

An exciting opportunity exists to join the Talent Acquisition Team as a Talent Acquisition Officer looking after all recruitment across the Department of Communities & Justice.

As a Talent Acquisition Officer you will deliver the end to end responsibility for identifying, attracting and on-boarding talent to efficiently and effectively meet changing organisational needs. This role will provide advice and consultation to key stakeholders both internal and external to DCJ in regards to talent acquisition services.

As a Talent Acquisition Officer, you will work closely with your portfolio of internal hiring managers and be responsible for the delivery of end to end recruitment where you will provide professional consultancy and advisory services around best practice recruitment and selection.

You will be involved in all aspects of recruitment including: taking job briefs, developing marketing campaigns, providing advice on attraction strategies, actively searching for talent, pre-screening applications and also participating on assessment panels where required.
You will also contribute to the development and implementation of recruitment practices and processes and assist the recruitment managers to monitor the team’s compliance and identify and address any arising issues

Essential requirements

Only Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander persons are eligible to apply for this role.

Where a position is identified, an applicant’s race is a genuine occupational qualification and authorised by Section 14(d) of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977.

Documented verification of Aboriginality.

The division will accept proof of Aboriginality confirming the following:

  1. You are an aboriginal person of Aboriginal descent;
  2. You identify as being Aboriginal; and
  3. You are accepted as such by the community in which you live

An acceptable form of documented verification is a “Confirmation of Aboriginality” letter, provided to you by a local Aboriginal organisation that includes a common seal from that organisation.

About you

Our ideal candidate is someone who is dedicated to building strong working relationships and providing outstanding Talent Acquisition service in an agile and fast paced working environment.  You will be able to work with autonomy whilst contributing to the success of the People Team objectives, acting as the subject matter expert for talent acquisition.

You will be proactive, resilient and organised with high energy and a can-do attitude. They will come from a recruitment background. A genuine passion for people.

It is important that the successful candidate is able to bring a wealth of expertise and experience obtained from the recruitment profession and able to translate that into this position.

The Talent Acquisition team possess a high drive and huge emphasis on continuing to improve our recruitment model. To be successful in this role you will have previous experience delivering a high quality customer-focused service in recruitment and an ability to manage multiple competing priorities.

In addition to the above, ideally you will possesses:

  • Proven experience in recruitment – minimum of 2-3 years’ experience
  • Exceptional relationship development skills
  • Excellent customer-oriented problem -solving skills
  • A passion for people
  • A competitive spirit and strong work ethic
  • The ability to work as part of a team in a complex and sometimes ambiguous environment.

Does this sound like you? Click here to download the role description.

Applying for the role

When applying you will need to: 

  1. Submit a cover letter (maximum 2 pages) outlining how you meet the requirements and capabilities of this role
  2. Attach an up-to-date resume (maximum of 5 pages)

For role enquiries please contact Natalie Caruana at natalie.caruana@justice.nsw.gov.au using the subject line: Talent Acquisition Officer enquiry via EthicalJobs.

If you experience technical difficulties when submitting your application, please contact Natalie Caruana at natalie.caruana@justice.nsw.gov.au.


To ensure recruitment at the Department of Communities and Justice continues without interruption during the COVID-19 pandemic, some interviews and assessments may be performed using alternative methods.

This may include video interviewing, telephone interviewing and online assessments. If you are successful following review of your application, you may need to perform assessments and/or interviews via online platforms using a PC, laptop or smart phone. By doing so, we will be adhering to the strict social distancing advice currently in place.

Inclusion and Diversity lies at the heart of how we recruit

We continue to hire great people with a wide variety of skills, experience and backgrounds. This includes people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, people identifying as LGBTIQ+ and other diversity groups. 

If you require an adjustment within the recruitment process, please contact Natalie Caruana on 0427 781 113.

If you are looking for more information about workplace adjustments at DCJ, please visit our Careers site. To apply, click Apply Now.

A talent pool may be created for future ongoing and temporary roles and is valid for a period of up to 18 months. 

Thank you for your interest in this role. We look forward to receiving your application.

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