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Economic and Business Development Advisor

Federation of Victorian Traditional Owners Corporations


The Federation is the Victorian state-wide body that convenes and advocates for the rights and interests of Traditional Owners while progressing wider social, economic, environmental, and cultural objectives. We support the progress of agreement-making and participation in decision-making to enhance the authority of Traditional Owner Corporations on behalf of their communities.

Our vision is that Traditional Owners are strong on Country, leading the social, political, economic and cultural landscape delivered through our purpose which is to facilitate and amplify Traditional Owner voices to self-determine their futures and to build on and strengthen collective interests and opportunities. We work through our values of Community, Culture, Country & Collaboration to embed recognition, empower self-determination and enable capacity.


The role of the Economic and Business Development Officer is primarily to facilitate and support the implementation of the Djakitjuk Djanga Industry Development Program and contribute to economic and business development outcomes for Traditional Owner Corporations in accordance with the principles of self-determination.


  • Demonstrated technical expertise in one or more of the following areas: policy and strategy development, participatory planning, and market research and development.
  • Knowledge of commerce, management or industry development, economic development and recognised sustainability frameworks and methodologies.
  • Demonstrated experience in facilitating and brokering services, coordinating and developing networks and maintaining relationships with a range of stakeholders including from government, industry, and Traditional Owner groups.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the political, social and economic issues affecting Aboriginal Victorians and the ability to work collaboratively with Aboriginal people.
  • Well-developed project management skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a variety of complex projects and tasks independent of supervision.
  • Relevant tertiary qualifications or equivalent experience.
  • Ability to travel, including for some weekend work.
  • Hold a valid driver’s licence.

Applications from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged.

If you have any further questions about the roles please feel free to contact:

Mr Bruce Gorring
Manager - Natural Resource Management and Economic Development Unit
T: 0438 886 096
E: bruce.gorring@fvtoc.com.au, using the subject line: Economic and Business Development Advisor enquiry via EthicalJobs.

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