Job Title Indigenous Member, GBRMPA Board
Job Type Full-Time Regular
Job Description

Part Time Indigenous Member - Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Board

The Australian Government is seeking expressions of interest for a Part-time Indigenous member to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Board. This is an exciting opportunity for a strategic and collaborative leader to create a real, lasting impact for Traditional Owners of the Great Barrier Reef.

About the Board
The key functions of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority are to advise and make recommendations to the Minister in relation to care and development of the Marine Park; develop zoning plans and plans of management; manage the Marine Park collaboratively with the Queensland Government; conduct research and investigations; provide advice to the Minister for the Environment and provide education, advisory and information services.

The Authority Board is responsible for the management of the Marine Park under the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975. Management of the Marine Park includes overseeing the organisation including developing plans and policies to allow for a range of ecologically sustainable uses, encouraging the engagement of users in the management of the Reef and assisting Australia in meeting its international obligations in relation to the World Heritage Convention. The Board may delegate its powers to enable agency staff to make decisions about operational matters that give effect to the board’s policies and guidelines (e.g. permit decisions). The Authority Board doesn’t make decisions on how the Authority spends its budget.

About the Opportunity
The Australian Government is seeking expressions of interest from Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander candidates with knowledge of Indigenous issues in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park to sit on the Authority’s Board. We are seeking candidates with experience in strategic leadership and collaborating with government and stakeholders to sit on the Authority’s Board. As a critical member of the Authority’s Board, you will use your credibility and skills to drive protection and management of the Great Barrier Reef for future generations. Suitable candidates will be professional and trusted leaders, and passionate about contributing to the Authority’s strategic direction. New governance arrangements have recently come into effect making this an exciting time to be part of the new leadership arrangements for the Authority as it tackles the challenges faced by the Reef.

More information on the Authority and its Board is available at:

About You
Your location is flexible, but Board members attend 6 full-day face-to-face meetings (mostly in Queensland) per year with preparation estimated to take one day per meeting. You will be remunerated with a salary of $46,196 per annum and have travel expenses covered.

To be considered for this position, you must meet the following legislative requirements:
  • Be an Indigenous person with significant knowledge of, or significant experience concerning, Indigenous matters relating to the Marine Park.
  • Not be a member of a governing body of a relevant interest group (at the time of appointment and for the duration of their appointment).
  • Not engage in any paid work that, in the Minister’s opinion, conflicts or could conflict with the proper performance of his or her duties.

Desired skills and attributes for this position include:
  • Experience in public sector governance and regulatory processes.
  • Strong scenario planning, risk management and strategic management skills.
  • Understanding of government legislation/legislative processes and knowledge of public policy direction.
  • Strong skills in collaboration, engagement and public speaking.
  • Ability to provide advice in your area of expertise.
  • Ability to provide guidance and oversight of the Reef as a national asset.
  • Provide geographic perspectives (Queensland and the Nation).
  • Recognised for your integrity, high ethical standards and ability to impartially consider all sides.
  • Commitment to finding common ground in implementation of actions for the benefit of the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Willingness and ability to devote time and energy to the role and are committed, trusted and loyal to your role.
  • Ability and willingness to challenge decisions and probe for further information.
  • Possess common sense and sound judgement.

Express Your Interest
To express interest in this role, please select the Apply button, create an account and attach a brief cover letter and resume.

For a further information, please contact Tegan Sax on 0404 297 296 or

Expressions of interest closes: Friday 22 February 2019.