Aboriginal liaison role

Why is this important?

Employment of Aboriginal people in local government can make a big difference to the ability of the local government to effectively engage the local community and in the delivery of council functions.

Some councils have employed Aboriginal Liaison Officers  or an equivalent role within their council.

An Aboriginal Liaison Officer (ALO) generally gives the Aboriginal community greater confidence and trust to engage with council. The employment of an Aboriginal Liaison Officer can also help stimulate consideration of the needs of the local Aboriginal community by staff across all areas of council.


What can your council do?

Understand benefits of employing Aboriginal people

Consider initiating and developing an Aboriginal Liaison Officer program to strengthen and support your Aboriginal community engagement and servicing commitments.

Introduce identified roles in organisation structure and create position descriptions in consultation with Aboriginal community partners.

Targeted recruitment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.


The 2012 Victorian Local Government Aboriginal Engagement and Reconciliation Survey found that 19 councils employ an Aboriginal Liaison Officer or similar role.


Last Updated: April 9, 2021 at 3:07 pm

Identified positions

The ALO position is an identified job role. It requires the candidate to have an understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and proven culturally appropriate engagement and communication skills. Typically these roles will involve the development of policies or programs targeted at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, or direct interaction with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities.

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