• Full Time
  • Identified
  • Goondiwindi

Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA)

  • Ongoing or Non-Ongoing
  • $113,509 -$124,875 plus 15.4% Superannuation
  • Adelaide, Canberra, Goondiwindi, Griffith, Mildura, Murray-Bridge and Wodonga

Join us to shape the future of one of Australia’s greatest natural assets and protect it for future generations. 

We are seeking people who want to contribute to a significant water reform program that aims to respond to the impacts of climate change, support community and industry needs, and improve access to water for First Nations people. 

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) is an independent government agency which, in partnership with Basin governments, manages the Murray–Darling Basin’s water resources in the national interest. With the enactment of the Water Act 2007, the MDBA was established as an independent expertise-based statutory agency.

The MDBA aims to achieve a healthy working Basin for the benefit of all Australians. The Murray–Darling Basin contains a rich diversity of natural environments that are unique in Australia and the world. The Basin is also crucial to Australia’s economy and home to 2.3 million Australians, including people from over 40 First Nations. How we manage the Basin as a whole connected system, manage our water carefully, and protect it for future generations is set out in the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. 

The Position
The Assistant Director – First Nations Environmental Water, facilitates work to ensure that the interests of First Nations people and groups are accounted for in environmental water planning and collaborative science activities of the MDBA. 

This includes working to make sure that First Nations people are involved and represented in various NRM strategies (E.g. Basin-wide Watering Strategy and Native Fish Recovery Strategy), and in the development of collaborative science activities (E.g. First Nations Ecohydrology). 

The position is expected to maintain high quality and culturally safe relationships with First Nations people and groups, as well as with Government (e.g. Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder) and non-Government agencies and other areas of the MDBA. 

Your key responsibilities in this role are to:

  • Lead work which seeks to increase First Nations people’s involvement and reflect their interests in the management of environmental water across the Murray-Darling Basin.
  • Lead the development of collaborative science initiatives which seek to increase First Nations people’s involvement and reflect their interests in water management.
  • Support the involvement of First Nations people and reflect their interests in strategic initiatives of the MDBA such as the Basin-wide Watering Strategy and Native Fish Recovery Strategy.
  • Provide support and advice to other areas of the MDBA regarding First Nations environmental water.
  • Support the development of an MDBA First Nations Science and Knowledge Strategy
  • Adhere to Cultural Safety and navigate relevant MDBA Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP) policies and Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) processes.
  • Develop and maintain close working relationships internally within the MDBA, with First Nations people and groups, as well as other government and non-government organisations, and members of the wider community.
  • Preparation of briefing material, correspondence, submissions, contracts and other policy or operational documents.

What we offer you

  • You will have the opportunity to work on projects where you contribute to shaping the future of one of Australia’s greatest natural assets and protect it for future generations.
  • At the MDBA you will undertake a variety of interesting and challenging work. You will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and expertise, and work with the Australian community to support a critical resource management initiative. 
  • Competitive remuneration packages, including up to 15.4% superannuation, and recognition of prior APS government service. 
  • Generous leave provisions (four weeks annual leave) and additional Non-attendance days between Christmas and New Year provided.
  • Being part of a smaller agency with a strong focus on its connection with people. 
  • Being part of a professional, committed, and friendly team of people. 
  • Being part of an organisation that recognises and values First Nations people, and their contribution to our work. We have an innovative Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) aimed at improving relationships, showing respect, and increasing opportunities to deliver outcome for First Nations peoples as part of our business-as-usual activities. 
  • Competitive Flexible Working Arrangements which allow greater flexibility and balance between work and personal needs with a baseline attendance in the office to be 40% of your time.
  • A range of healthy lifestyle provisions, including access to a health and wellbeing program. 
  • Opportunities for professional development, and career progression across a variety of roles and work locations. 

Tell me more 

It is easy to apply for a job at the MDBA. Go to www.mdba.gov.au/careers and tell us what makes you the ideal candidate. Take the opportunity to work with the MDBA as we continue to make a difference through the protection and enhancement of the environment.

For more information regarding this opportunity contact Mitch Jones –  mitch.jones@mdba.gov.au

This position is Identified which signifies that the role has strong involvement in matters relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

This position has direct engagement with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, communities and service providers, or is involved in the development of programmes and policy. You will require a high level of cultural competency, including:

  • demonstrated understanding of the matters impacting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • demonstrated high level ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • demonstrated high level capability and commitment to continue to develop cultural competency.


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How to apply:


To apply for this job please visit mdbacareers.nga.net.au.