Principal Treaty Advisor

Posted: 31 August 2023

Applications close: September 24, 2023

Salary range: $129,379 - $151,259 plus salary packaging, and superannuation, based on experience and expertise

Employment type: Full-time

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Job Type: Full-time

Location: Collingwood

Salary range: $129,379 – $151,259 plus salary packaging, and superannuation, based on experience and expertise.

Be a Principal Treaty Advisor, aid our Negotiations Team in strategic support to prepare for negotiating Treaty in Victoria. Shape impactful policies. Apply now!

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply for this role.

Join us as a Principal Treaty Advisor, pivotal in providing strategic support to our Negotiations Team for effective treaty preparation and negotiations in Victoria. Your role in shaping impactful policies starts here. Apply today!


The Assembly’s objective is to promote the self-determination and empowerment of Traditional Owners and Aboriginal Victorians through the Treaty process. Role function from

This role is responsible for supporting the Negotiations Team to provide strategic advice and support to Assembly Members to prepare for and negotiate Treaty in Victoria.


  • Reporting to the Strategic Negotiations Manager, support the Assembly Co-Chairs, Council and Members to advance the Treaty process.
  • Support the integration of policy and research into the Assembly’s negotiation strategy by working with a highly skilled, multi-disciplinary team with expertise in the areas of legal, negotiation, policy analysis and research.
  • Establish and maintain trusted working relationships with Assembly Members, the Executive Leadership Team and staff.
  • Collaborate across the Assembly’s operations team to provide strategic advice in relation to Treaty making and support Treaty negotiations. 
  • Support the implementation of the Assembly’s strategic engagement strategy to strengthen collaborative partnerships and ensure that the voices and expertise of key Aboriginal community groups inform the Treaty process. 
  • Provide strategic advice and support coordination and information sharing across the Assembly’s structures and processes, including the work of Assembly Council, committees and representative forums. 
  • Carry out the preparation of briefs and papers to support the Assembly’s Treaty-making activity.

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Demonstrated skill and capacity to work effectively and with integrity in the context of a Victorian Traditional Owner Representative Body.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Aboriginal Communities and organisations within Victoria (highly regarded).
  • Experienced relationship manager who has worked with multiple stakeholders and First Peoples’ community representatives to achieve strategic objectives.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with senior stakeholders in a complex and fast-moving environment.
  • Experience or understanding of political systems and processes.
  • Highly developed ability to monitor the political and policy landscapes to identify emerging opportunities and challenges.
  • Political nous and experience navigating complexity and strategy in the political context.
  • Demonstrated analytical and conceptual skills, including the ability to recognise emerging issues of importance.
  • Strong organisational and project management skills with an ability to work to timelines and be outcome focused whilst managing multiple tasks.
  • Excellent strategic mindset, problem solving capabilities and able to think holistically without losing attention to detail.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a productive team member.
  • Demonstrated ability to gain buy-in and inspire others, identify conflict situations, and negotiate mutually agreed outcomes.
  • Experience in a complex, for-purpose organisation led by values and the commitment to social change.
  • Experience in providing strategic, authoritative advice in a complex and fast-moving operating environment.
  • Strategic planning, project management and coordination.
  • Relevant tertiary qualification (bachelor’s degree or higher) in law, public policy, communications, or management.

$129,379 – $151,259 plus salary packaging, and superannuation, based on experience and expertise..

Please see the attached job profile for more information.

If you are ready to take on a challenging role and make a significant impact, please submit your resume, cover letter, and any other supporting documents to