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Research Officer

First Peoples Assembly of Victoria

This is an Aboriginal Designated Position, classified under 'special measures' of section 12 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010. Only Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are eligible to apply.


The First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria (the Assembly) is the voice of Aboriginal people in Victoria in the next stage of the Treaty process. It is made up of Victorian Traditional Owners, elected by Aboriginal Communities, for Aboriginal Communities, to advance our rights, interests and benefits.

Our mandate is to work with the State to establish Treaty processes that recognise our sovereignty as the First Peoples of Victoria, support self-determination, and realise our human rights, to make Victoria stronger for everyone.

Walk with us and make history!


  • The Assembly works with the State to establish Treaty processes that recognise the sovereignty of the First Peoples of Victoria, support self-determination, and realise human rights, to make Victoria stronger for everyone.
  • This is an exciting opportunity for a highly skilled and experienced researcher to join the Assembly’s Research, Policy and Negotiations team. This role is responsible for developing research methods, data management systems and supporting community engagement projects. This includes working across organisational teams to support the delivery of core Assembly services whilst identifying emerging risks and challenges.


  • Lead the design and implementation of data/information collection, analysis and reporting systems including survey design and analysis in partnership with external collaborators
  • Develop data management process in accordance with Indigenous Data Sovereignty principles across the organisation.
  • Prepare written and verbal advice to the CEO, Co-Chairs and the Management team of the Assembly.
  • Work collaborative across teams in a respectful manner
  • Other duties as requested by the CEO, Co-Chairs and the Management team of the Assembly.


  • Comprehensive knowledge of Victorian Aboriginal Communities
  • Working to challenging deadlines
  • Conceptual thinking
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative research skills (including questionnaire design and analysis of survey data)
  • Data management and data governance or development of these processes
  • Ability to synthesise complex information and communicate it simply and effectively
  • High level oral and written communication skills
  • Postgraduate qualifications in social science, public policy or related discipline with considerable relevant experience or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training


  1. Demonstrated capacity to work effectively and with integrity in the context of an Aboriginal representative body.
    Willing and able to support the leadership of an organisation that is Aboriginal controlled and representative of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Victoria. Demonstrated understanding of the Aboriginal community in Victoria. Able to navigate complex relationships and act in accordance with the Assembly’s values. Willing and able to behave in a way that supports the achievement of the Assembly’s values and builds the reputation of the Assembly.
  2. Demonstrated experience in data management, survey design and analysis for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities.
    Experience in establishing data management and data governance processes. Significant experience in quantitative and qualitative research. Strong strategic and analytical thinking with data interpretation and problem-solving abilities.
  3. Demonstrated experience in community consultation and stakeholder management.
    Proven success facilitating and leading targeted consultations working with a diverse range of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities and Traditional Owner Groups. Ability to develop and maintain collaborative and productive relationships with external stakeholders including across research institutions, the private sector and community groups.
  4. Demonstrated experience in project management and policy analysis and formation.
    High level skills in project coordination and managing competing deadlines. High level of organisational ability and initiative, and the capacity to manage competing demands in a complex team environment. When required willing and able to support Policy Managers and Head of Policy and Negotiations to deliver complex policy projects in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.
  5. Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
    Good organisational and administration skills with the ability to communicate clearly and precisely both verbally and in written form, for a range of audiences. Experience drafting documents to a high standard, including communications reports, policy briefs, guidance documents, submissions and research reports.


  • MS Office proficiency
  • Data analysis and management
  • Questionnaire design

For more information about this role, please contact Jasmine Yarran on: 0428 323 480 or via email at jasminey@firstpeoplesvic.org, using the subject line: Research Officer enquiry via EthicalJobs.

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