Governance Coordinator

Closing Date: 29 May 2022

Governance Coordinator 

Tiwi Islands Regional Council

The opportunity to make an impactful and lasting difference to our community

  • Full time, fixed term contract
  • Wurrumiyanga based.
  • To work in a cross cultural environment
  • 6 weeks annual leave
  • Subsidised housing
  • Salary up to $85,000 plus 10% Superannuation 

The Tiwi Islands are located 80km north of Darwin in the beautiful Arafura Sea. There are two islands, Bathurst and Melville, with a total land mass of 8320sq km. The islands are home to the Tiwi people, who have a strong affiliation with their land and a distinctive culture and language. There are school and medical facilities on the islands and regular plane, passenger ferry and barge connections to Darwin.

Position details
The Governance Coordinator provides effective leadership in governance activities to support the strategic direction of Tiwi Islands Regional Council. The position will be responsible for overseeing the establishment and ongoing implementation of good governance structures and processes.

  1. To ensure that the requirements and practice of governance management framework is embedded throughout the council
  2. Contribute informed governance and administrative support to the effective operation of the office of the Chief Executive and the council as a whole. Provide advice on the roles and responsibilities of elected and nominated members of Council and local authorities respectively
  3. Provide Secretariat support to council and local boards, including the taking and distribution of minutes.
  4. Compliance with statutory and regulatory matters around the conduct of meetings, council and board member’s duties, display of various reports, minutes and proceedings.
  5. Monitor and report on the effectiveness of Governance activities, policies and plans to enhance the agency’s strategic, business and cultural development.
  6. Manage the Council Agenda & Minutes, Council Policy and Annual Report activities. Prepare, on behalf of the CEO, governance contributions to the Annual Plan and Regional Plan in conjunction with relevant officers in a timely manner;
  7. Provide Council and Local Board support including organising travel, accommodation and elected member training. Provide assistance with organising Council elections.
  8. Monitor and report on the effectiveness of Governance activities, policies and plans to enhance the agency’s strategic, business and cultural development.
  9. Compliance with regulatory reporting requirements.


Selection Criteria:

  1. Demonstrated minimum 2 years Governance experience preferably in local government sector.
  2. University Degree or equivalent Demonstrated experience in drafting and administering local laws and meeting agendas in local government, particularly in regard to the application of the Local Government Acts
  3. Demonstrated ability to work within tight timeframes and regularly monitor deliverables
  4. Demonstrated ability to work independently and ability to work within a team environment
  5. An awareness of issues affecting Aboriginal people in remote locations and ability to operate effectively in a cross-cultural environment.
  6. Minimum C Class NT Drivers Licence.
  7. Willingness to travel by light planes, ferries and 4WDs as required.
  8. Knowledge of risk management and the principles of occupational health and safety and ability to promote them in the workplace.
  9. High level computer skills with a working knowledge of the MS suite of products particularly MS Word, Excel and Visio

Application process

Your application will be required to include the following:

  • Resume
  • Statement addressing the selection criteria (Please note that it is mandatory to address each of the selection criteria separately. Any applications not including the selection criteria will be considered incomplete.)
  •  This vacancy is open to Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and New Zealand citizens only.

Please submit your application to:

Applications close 29th May 2022

Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander candidates are encouraged to apply. Priority consideration for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants.