Join the IAHA Team – NT Program Support Officer – Closes 30 April 2022


Position:                                 NT Program Support Officer 

Location:                                Darwin, Northern Territory

Status:                                     Long-term contract

Salary:                                     $74,518 – $94,110 (full-time or part-time) – depending on skills and experience plus superannuation

Reports to:                             Director, Workforce Development

This role is an identified position open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates only. This is intended to constitute a special measure in line with the Discrimination Act 1991 (ACT) subsection 27 (1)(b) and the Racial Discrimination Act 1977 (Cth) subsection 8(1).

Organisational Environment

Indigenous Allied Health Australia Ltd. (IAHA) is a national not-for-profit, member-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health organisation. IAHA was established in 2009 from a network of committed allied health professionals and is now a registered company limited by guarantee. IAHA is a vibrant organisation, with total membership growing at around 20 per cent pa, with a wide range of active partnerships and whose input and collaboration are being sought from an increasing array of professional, Government and community stakeholders.

IAHA appreciates all people working in Indigenous health and values the holistic approach to health care and education in respect of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, their culture, spirituality, traditional healing, inspiring us to work collegiately in following IAHA’s vision that:

This approach inspires us to work collegiately. In line with this, IAHA’s vision is that: All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and future generations are healthy, strong, thriving, and self-determined.

 IAHA focuses on five strategic areas of work:

  • Strengthen and engage our IAHA membership.
  • Growing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health workforce through access and entry, effective pathways, promoting and supporting allied health careers, skills development, and retention.
  • Transforming the allied health and wider workforce by building culturally safe and responsive health and education systems.
  • Leading in the Indigenous health and allied health sectors to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led solutions and approaches to policy and program development.
  • Connect with and promote connectedness with IAHA members, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, families, communities, and cultures.

IAHA has a small Secretariat based in Canberra, with remote offices in Katherine, Darwin, and NSW, supporting a Board of Directors and over 2000 members nationally. Our membership includes representation from 29 allied health professions.

IAHA supports Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people who have graduated from or are studying for an allied health degree and other individuals or organisations who share IAHA’s vision and support our allied health activities. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up around 65 per cent of our total membership.

Further information on IAHA, our membership, activities and projects can be found on our website,

Salary Packaging 

As the Australian Tax Office recognises IAHA as a Health Promotions Charity, salary packaging is available to all employees. This is beneficial to the employee in terms of increased disposable income because of reduced taxation payments. In line with Indigenous Allied Health Australia’s Salary Sacrifice Policy, the option of a salary package will be provided while IAHA retains our public benevolent institution (PBI) status.


IAHA provides all employees access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), including access to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander providers. IAHA also provides Social Emotional and Wellbeing (SEWB) entitlements and Natural Disaster/Emergency entitlements to staff.

IAHA provides a diverse range of leave entitlements such as Cultural Leave, Bereavement/Compassionate Leave, Emergency Services Leave, Special Leave, Paid Parental and Pandemic Leave.

IAHA is committed to supporting Personal and Professional Development opportunities for employees.

Where working remotely is approved, IAHA commits to ensuring all employees are provided with the best support. This includes the provision of an office IT set-up – monitor, laptop, internet dongle and other necessary equipment to best support the role. The same provision of support is also provided when employees are required to work from home due to unprecedented pandemic situation(s) aligning with each state’s rules and regulations.

Working Conditions

Whilst the hours of work usually are 37.5 hours a week, a flexible approach is expected due to the nature of this position, as working additional time to fulfil your responsibilities may be required on occasions, including some weekend hours as agreed with management prior.

In line with the IAHA Leave Policy, employees are entitled to flex time as approved by the Direct Supervisor or the Chief Executive Officer before undertaking the additional hours.


The Program Support Officer position will be based in Darwin or Katherine, Northern Territory. Some travel will be required, including remote and interstate travel.

Purpose of the Position

The Program Support Officer positions are essential members of the IAHA team. They will play a crucial role in ensuring that IAHA project activities are focused, engaged with, and have the community’s support and other key stakeholders.

They will form part of a team that will focus on health promotion, education and learning, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student support, community engagement, and project development focused on establishing and progressing innovative education and career development pathways, notably IAHA Health Academies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Projects emphasise culturally safe and responsive education, training and learning from school to VET and/or university training, and skilled employment.


The Program Support Officer duties may vary depending on the specific focus of the role.

Duties may include most, and potentially all, of the following:

  • Liaising and coordinating activity with a wide range of partners and stakeholders across Government, non-Government, community, and corporate sectors, including Indigenous and non-Indigenous health, educational, professional, and service delivery bodies.
  • Contributing to the development and delivery of projects to promote education and health workforce development with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students, university students, communities, organisations, and stakeholders to successfully deliver the IAHA National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Academies program.
  • Delivering and/or supporting curriculum development, teaching and assessment in allied health across the VET sector, particularly within a school-based traineeship program.
  • Navigation and coordination of VET sector training and education to employment opportunities in the allied health, Indigenous health, aged care, disability and/or community services sectors.
  • Representing and promoting IAHA and activities to communities, schools, universities, and stakeholders.
  • Undertaking program evaluation, monitoring and analysis for continuous improvement to meet the needs and aspirations of members and communities.
  • Providing high quality and timely reports to senior staff, including the CEO and Board of Directors, as required.
  • Providing team support for health workforce development projects and programs.
  • Facilitation and support of cultural responsiveness and mentoring programs.
  • Other duties as directed.

Selection Criteria

  1. Demonstrated experience in community engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, communities, and stakeholders.
  2. Tertiary qualifications in community development, health, allied health, education, training or related disciplines or equivalent experience within an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander setting.
  3. Knowledge of the social and economic circumstances and the policy environment in Australia and how they impact the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.
  4. Well-developed organisational skills, interpersonal, and negotiation skills to deliver on programs and projects within a timely manner.
  5. Ability to work effectively and collaboratively in a fast-paced local and national team environment and balance multiple tasks and competing priorities.
  6. Hold a valid Northern Territory Working with Children Clearance (Ochre Card), valid Driver’s License, a National Police Clearance, and must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (under the public health (COVID-19 Directions under section 52 of the Public and Environmental Health Act 2011).


  • Will hold a TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment qualification or work towards obtaining the qualification.

How to apply

Please forward your cover letter explaining why you would suit the role and how you meet the requirements along with your current CV to Cleveland McGhie – before 5 pm Darwin Time, April 30th, 2022.


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March 30, 2022

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