Indigenous Opportunity – Indigenous Policy Professional

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Queensland, Victoria

Work type

Full Time, Fixed Term

Job category

Corporate Affairs

Date published

04 November 2019

Date closing

18 November 2019 at 00:00 GMT

About BHP

At BHP we support our people to grow, learn, develop their skills and reach their potential.

With a global portfolio of operations, we offer a diverse and inclusive environment with extraordinary career opportunities.  Our strategy is to focus on creating a safe work environment where our employees feel strongly connected to our values and objectives, and where the capability of our people is key to our success.

Come and be a part of this success.

About the role

BHP’s operations are located on or near lands traditionally owned by or under the customary use of Indigenous peoples, whose land related rights are increasingly asserted and formally recognised. BHP recognises the importance of working closely with these key rights holders and the effective management of relationships with Indigenous peoples consistent with international best practice is therefore increasingly and equally critical to the achievement of business outcomes and to the benefit Indigenous stakeholders derive from BHP’s presence on their land.

In this newly created position, you will draw on your expertise in the area of Indigenous Advocacy and be a senior advisor within the Corporate Affairs Minerals Australia team where you will have the lead role in the execution of BHP’s publicly articulated Indigenous engagement policies.  You will play a critical part of how BHP delivers on its public commitments and our Reconciliation Action Plan to Indigenous stakeholders.

This position is offered as a two year fixed term contract and can be based in either Brisbane or Melbourne. 

You will also be responsible for:  
  • Leading the development and execution of the company’s approach aligned with BHP’s public commitments in our Reconciliation Action Plan, including establishment and ongoing management of an Indigenous Advisory Panel and a national Traditional Owner Forum.
  • Strategic relationship management with external Indigenous organisations, leaders and the broader Indigenous community to ensure BHP’s strategy and approach is aligned with the aspirations of community and appropriately delivered.
  • Developing and maintaining a strong internal network with leaders, teams and critical influencers to identify and support activities that strategically support Indigenous ambitions and engagement.
  • Enhancing BHP’s Indigenous engagement and partnership through critical thought leadership and a deep technical understanding of national and regional matters affecting Indigenous peoples
  • Contributing strategic internal advice on Reconciliation Action Plan development, execution and performance.
  • Supporting the Communications team in public relations activities for Indigenous Engagement programs to internal and external audiences.
  • Operating in a national context that also understands the political and social climate of the communities and regions where BHP operates.

About You

To be successful in this role you will identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person and have a strong desire to work within Indigenous Advocacy to enact positive change and to enable BHP to fulfil our commitments in engaging with the Indigenous community in Australia. Your previous experience working in the Indigenous Advocacy field will see you be able to develop and maintain mutually beneficial and strong relationships with Indigenous stakeholders and communities that support their economic, social and cultural pursuits. You will have an understanding of Indigenous communities and prior experience working with Governments and other bodies. Additionally, you will have experience in managing significant partnerships and critical relationships with external organisations, and experience in the mining, resource or related industry/sector is preferred but not essential.

Supporting a diverse workforce

At BHP, we recognise that we are strengthened by diversity. We are committed to providing a work environment in which everyone is included, treated fairly and with respect.  We are an Equal Opportunity employer and we encourage applications from women and Indigenous people. The filling of this role is intended to constitute a special measure under the Racial Discrimination Act (Cth) 1975 s 8 the Equal Opportunity Act (Vic) 2010 s 12 and s 105 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (Qld) . 
Providing employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians is an important part of our Reconciliation Action Plan which can be found here.
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