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Closing the Gap Job Opportunities: Community Engagement Officer & Policy Officer

Exciting and rewarding job opportunities – Closing the Gap

NSW AECG is seeking motivated and suitably experienced and qualified people to join the NSW AECG Closing the Gap team.

Policy Officer: 12-month temporary position – salary range $95,059 – $115,020 per annum. Applications from Aboriginal people are strongly encouraged.
The Policy Officer provides detailed and informed policy advice on a range of complex policy issues including advice in the development of the NSW Jurisdictional Plan, developing CAPO Closing the Gap policy positions, promoting CAPO’s Closing the Gap policy positions to key stakeholders, preparing quality reports, submissions, briefing papers and correspondence.

Community Engagement Officer (Identified position): 12-month temporary position – salary range $95,059 – $115,020 per annum. This is an Identified position under Section 14 (d) of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977.

The Community Engagement Officer supports, designs and facilitates community engagement activities and develops related materials relating to Closing the Gap in NSW. The Community Engagement Officer facilitates the development of high-quality communication materials to support understanding of Closing the Gap and NSW CAPO, develops and implements communication plans, and maintains a comprehensive understanding of best practice Aboriginal community engagement.

If you are interested in applying for any of these rewarding roles, please see below. Please click on the role you are interested in applying for and complete the application process by submitting your resume and cover letter addressing the success profile.

Applications will close by close of business Friday 11 June 2021.

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NSW CAPO and Closing the Gap

The NSW Coalition of Aboriginal Peak Organisations (NSW CAPO) is a coalition of peak Aboriginal community-controlled organisations in NSW. NSW CAPO provides a strong, coordinated, and united voice to address Aboriginal rights, which include, but are not limited to, health, education, housing, employment, legal equality, culture and heritage, child and family supports, disability, social justice, LGBTQI+, economic development and promoting respect for human rights. NSW CAPO, through the National Coalition of Aboriginal Peaks, has signed the National Agreement on Closing the Gap ( and is working in partnership with the NSW Government to develop a NSW Jurisdictional Plan.

As a part of the partnership arrangements between NSW CAPO and the NSW Government, the NSW Government has provided grant funding to NSW CAPO organisations to support Closing the Gap work, including employment of Closing the Gap staff.

WIPCE 2021 Update

WIPCE 2021 Update

Following previous statements from the WIPCE Australia Organising Committee, the World Indigenous Peoples’ Conference will be rescheduled for the second time to 26-30 September 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on global health, safety and international travel.

We would like to reassure delegates and presenters that the convenors are committed to safely hosting the next WIPCE conference in Adelaide, South Australia.

WIPCE convenors will monitor the trajectory of the pandemic and make any adjustments necessary to ensure the safety of conference delegates. Australia has one of the lowest cases and COVID transmission rates in the world.

Read full WIPCE statement from WIPCE Chairperson here.

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Further conference updates will be posted to and other communication channels with our communities.

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The NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group held its Annual General Meeting and General Meeting in March at the Sofitel Hotel on Gadigal Country (Darling Harbour). All Office Bearer positions were up for election in 2021, including the President role. After 13 years at the helm, Cindy Berwick, decided not to nominate for another three-year term as President.

On Thursday afternoon Returning Officer John Lester called President nominations forward for election. Delegates from the NSW AECG Inc’s 20 Regions were present and voted. Votes were counted and confirmed by Scrutineers Lois Birk and Connie Ah See. Shortly afterwards Catherine Trindall was announced as the incoming NSW AECG Inc. President.

On being elected as the NSW AECG Inc. President Catherine said: “My hope for this organisation is that we will move forward, innovating, educating, advocating as we have always done for the last 44 years, and we will do so with a deep respect for our communities, our culture and our ways of being as Aboriginal peoples.”

Catherine is a Gomeroi woman with more than 30 years of experience working in Aboriginal education in NSW. She has been awarded the highest of recognition by the NSW AECG when she was formally inducted as an NSW AECG Life Member in 2018. She began her work in education in 1985 as an Aboriginal Teaching Assistant in Tamworth before becoming a primary trained teacher.

Catherine has extensively taught both in the city, rural and remote areas of NSW, where she has held many roles and positions across the Department of Education.  More recently Catherine has undertaken a considerable body of work in leading and coordinating NSW TAFE’s work around the teaching and learning of Aboriginal Languages.

At the AGM dinner on Friday evening Cindy Berwick was formally farewelled and acknowledged for her outstanding work as President. She reflected on her role and time as NSW AECG President, stating, “It’s been an honour and a privilege to lead such a great organisation.”

During Cindy’s Presidency the NSW AECG grew significantly amongst shifting and often difficult New South Wales and Australian education policy contexts. The organisation developed and now delivers a suite of highly regarded professional learning programs and continues to develop and deliver a raft of educational services, advocacy and major projects to improve education across NSW.

Under Cindy’s leadership numbers of Local AECGs have increased and several new NSW AECG Inc. offices were established in regional locations across the state.

The NSW AECG sincerely thanks and commends Cindy for her tireless work and successes in the role over the past 12 years. The NSW AECG warmly welcomes incoming President Catherine Trindall.


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Download a copy of this release here: NSW AECG Media Release – March 2021

Aboriginal Students Poster & Multimedia Competition

Secondary students are invited to develop, create and submit a poster or multimedia piece reflecting the key messages to support Premier’s Priority. The competition is open to all public schools and high schools. The aim is to launch the winning student(s) works by the end of 2020.

Underpinning this promotion is the need for more young Aboriginal men and women to stay at school. Since COVID, sadly, more young Aboriginal people have not returned to school or have missed too many days of education.

We know that staying at school until the end of Year 12 will significantly increase both life expectancy, life-wellbeing and lead to greater life opportunities. Land, family, law/lore, ceremony and language are five key interconnected elements of Aboriginal culture. We know that a young Aboriginal person’s sense of identity is shaped in these vital years of education.

Please refer to the link below for all the competition details.