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The NSW Government are seeking a historian to work with the Department of Education, Aboriginal Affairs.

  • Aboriginal Affairs
  • Identified role full-time ongoing appointment
  • Location: Bridge Street, Sydney 

Aboriginal Affairs works with Aboriginal communities to promote social, economic and cultural well-being through opportunity, choice, healing, responsibility and empowerment. They implement OCHRE (Opportunity, Choice, Healing, Responsibility and Empowerment), the NSW Government’s community focused plan for Aboriginal affairs, establish partnerships for economic development, support effective Aboriginal governance and strengthen cultural identity and language.

From 2017, the NSW Government is implementing a range of Stolen Generations reparations initiatives in recognition of the enduring effects of past government practices in relation to the Stolen Generations. This included the wide-ranging control the Aborigines Projection Board (the Board) and Aborigines Welfare Board (AWB) had over the lives of Aboriginal people, including the power to remove children from their families and place them into care under the policy of assimilation. Under this response the NSW Government committed to improve access to the records of the Board, covering the period from 1883 and 1969, including contextualising the records.

About the role
The Historian contributes to research priorities determined by Stolen Generations survivors and Aboriginal communities more generally to bring alive the voices, experiences and history of Aboriginal people in NSW. The Historian manages specialised projects, provides high-quality expertise/advice, and collaborates with specialist agencies to improve access to non-sensitive records. The role also contributes to the broader Aboriginal Affairs Strategic Plan as required.

How to apply
If you are interested in this role, please apply online and include a covering letter (maximum of 2 pages) and your resume (maximum 5 pages) which clearly details how your capabilities, knowledge and experience can contribute to the success of the Directorate. Please also include the name and contact details of two referees.

For the application process, you must answer any pre-screening questions and any essential requirements. The employers are looking for you to demonstrate your competence in the focus capabilities as outlined in the role description, so please develop your response with this in mind.

Applications close 28 June 2017.
Apply online here or at the link below.