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Senior Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Adviser

The Fred Hollows Foundation |
ACFID Member: 1
Location: ACT | NSW | NT | QLD | Remote / Work From Home | VIC
Sub location(s): Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Darwin
  • Open to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Applicants only. 
  • Full time, Permanent based in NSW, ACT, VIC, NT, QLD  
  • Flexible work from home arrangements available, no mandated days in the office!  
  • Closing Date: Sunday the 17th of December 2023 



Since 1999, The Fred Hollows Foundation has been working to close the gap in health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. This year marks The Foundation’s 30th anniversary of carrying on the legacy of Professor Fred Hollows, who believed every person had the right to quality eye care, no matter where they live. With a reputation for excellence, we are well known for making change happen.  It is not just what we do that is important to us, it is also the way that we do it that matters.


We are determined to deliver Fred Hollows’ vision of preventing blindness and restoring sight. We work around the world so that no one is left behind, and in Australia we work tirelessly to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can always exercise their right to sight, good health and self-determination. Our priority is to work with communities to improve their own eye health. We do this through life-changing surgeries and treatments, training doctors and health workers, generating new ideas, and pushing for change at all levels – from local to global.


In 2021, The Foundation elevated it’s commitment to achieving social justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples as led and determined by them and to be publicly accountable and to be recognised as a true ally. A key focus of our work is to support the full implementation of the Uluru Statement – Voice, Treaty, Truth and progress health equity, through actively supporting the Close the Gap Campaign, Partnerships for Justice in Health and the Coalition of Peaks Reform Agenda.




The Senior Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Adviser position supports the Director of Social Justice and Regional Engagement and the CEO to manage key stakeholder relationships, both internally and externally to The Foundation, and identifies, instigates, and supports social justice and health equity initiatives across The Foundation.


The Senior Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Advisor supports The Foundation to apply the lessons of equity and inclusion, as experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, that best assist marginalised groups across our global work, both internally and externally.



You will be a relationship manager, able to build strong working relationships with both key internal and external stakeholders. You will be a team player, able to work within a culturally diverse organisation. You will be a driven and energetic individual able to work in an agile environment. Further, you will adaptable, resilient and open to change. You will have demonstrated experience working and communicating effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and have a good understanding of health issues effecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Finally, you will be an effective researcher, with strong policy analysis skills. This will be coupled with a good understanding of project management.



  • Support the development, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and refinement of health equity and social justice advocacy in support of The Foundation’s commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ right to sight, good health and self-determination, both internally and externally. This includes:
  • Support the quest for recognition and reconciliation, including a commitment to the Uluru Statement from the Heart (Voice, Treaty, Truth);
  • Support the cause to Close the Gap in health and life expectancy outcomes (including eye care); and
  • Elevate the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (internally and externally) and also hold others accountable.
  • Develop and implement a plan to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sector Leadership to achieve The Foundation’s role as an ally in progressing health equity and social justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
  • Contribute to approaches, research and engagement initiatives as they relate to understanding, promoting and advancing the eye care needs of Indigenous Peoples globally and in shaping multilateral platforms; in support of The Foundation’s equity approach and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) Indigenous Peoples Special Interest Group (IPSIG).
  • Actively contribute advice in support of achieving social justice and health equity advocacy priorities and ensure alignment with The Foundation’s Strategic Plan and Indigenous Australia Strategy.
  • Provide strategic advice to support The Foundation’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), including identifying opportunities to improve understanding of reconciliation across The Foundation and ensure alignment between Social Justice and RAP activities.
  • Lead and implement approaches that ensure internal systems and processes support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership and staff, and The Foundation’s reputation as a leading non-Indigenous organisation.
  • Support the development and piloting of Allyship Accountability Tools ie. the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Assessment Tool (UAT) in collaboration with the Indigenous Australian Program, and more specifically, ensuring The Foundation’s accountability in respecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ rights to Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) and Self-determination.



  • Sound understanding of the historical and contemporary matters concerning Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People’s health and wellbeing.
  • Significant experience in amplifying the voices and advancing the rights and self-determination of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
  • Significant experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and networks.
  • Significant experience in leading successful advocacy initiatives. Including:
  • an understanding of the political and government landscapes;
  • an appreciation of how the media works and the ability to identify media opportunities;
  • drafting opinion pieces, submissions, policy statements and media releases;
  • an ability to communicate with, including writing effective correspondence, to political figures and key sector leaders.


How we recognise your contribution 

Through our internal programs and employee benefits we aim to create an environment where you will feel supported and empowered.  Whether your focus is on continuous learning, professional development or finding an environment which enables you to thrive while balancing family or personal commitments, we have a range of programs in place to support you. Including:

  • Generous salary packaging – we provide access to not-for-profit salary packaging options, which will increase your take home pay, we also offer 17.5% annual leave loading.
  • Flexible work environment – we focus on output, not hours and enable you to prioritise your health and wellbeing.
  • Generous leave allowances – we offer Paid parental leave; 5 days bonus leave every year; an annual Foundation-wide “Me Day”, birthday leave; and time off for culturally significant/ceremonial leave.
  • Ongoing commitment to your continuous learning and career development – through tailored leadership and professional development programs, access to Linkedin Learning and focused development conversations.

To find out more about our benefits click here



Please apply directly via the “Apply” Button, please include a CV and Cover Letter. Should you have any questions regarding the opportunity please reach out to our Global Talent Acquisition Lead, Hanna Hadaya at [email protected] for a confidential conversation. Kindly note that CVs will not be considered through this email address.



Applications Close: Sunday the 17th of December 2023


Applicants for this role must be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander decent, identify as being Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and be accepted in the community.


The filling of this position is intended to constitute a special/equal opportunity measure under section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth), and s 57 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1996 (NT). The position is therefore only open to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants.


The Fred Hollows Foundation is committed to protecting the rights of children and community partners in all areas where we work.  Applicants are advised that The Foundation reserves the right to conduct police checks and other screening procedures to ensure we maintain and promote a child safe environment.

Closing Date: Dec 17, 2023


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