CLCAC has an exciting opportunity for a passionate and committed professional to join our organisation. Based in the thriving regional City of Cairns in Far North Queensland, surrounded by lush tropical rainforest and on the doorstep to the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest, this opportunity offers the perfect work-life balance.

About us:

Carpentaria Land Council Aboriginal Corporation (CLCAC) was established over 33 years ago in Burketown to represent the rights & interests of Traditional Owners. Our members are drawn from nine language groups whose traditional lands & waters are located in the southern Gulf of Carpentaria. As the recognised Native Title Service Body for the Southern Gulf of Carpentaria region, CLCAC performs statutory functions in accordance with the provisions of the Native Title Act 1993.  An elected Board determines the Organisation’s priorities and monitors the progress of native title applications and oversees operational activities and general governance.

CLCAC supports native title, PBC economic development & ranger programs in Burketown, Normanton & Mornington Island. We have an exciting opportunity to join our organisation.

The Opportunity:

As the Senior Finance Officer, you will be required to provide direct support to the Deputy CEO/Corporate Services Manager by supervising the day-to-day operations and responsibilities of the financial and administrative support team within the Corporate Services Unit, prepare timely monthly reconciliations and budget reports and assist in the preparation of annual financial statements and acquittal statements.


The ideal applicant for this role will be someone with relevant tertiary level qualifications, who is dynamic; relationship and outcome focused; has excellent written and oral communication skills.

What we offer:

The position is a full-time position and may involve travel throughout the southern Gulf of Carpentaria region:

  • Salary Range: $77,558 - $84,500 per annum depending on skills and experience.
  • The CLCAC is a Private Benevolent Institution: Salary sacrifice arrangements are available.
  • Leave entitlements will include 5 weeks annual leave.

To Apply:

To be considered for this role applications must be submitted directly to by the closing date and must include:

  1.  A covering letter (1 page only);
  2.  A separate attachment outlining your experience against the Selection Criteria (no longer than 2 pages); and
  3.  A current resume, including the names and contact details of at least two referees (no longer than 4 pages).

Selection Criteria:

  1.  Tertiary level qualifications in Accounting or equivalent;
  2.  Experience to a high level with MYOB Accounting software or similar;
  3.  Experience with accounting processes and the ability to prepare financial reports, acquittals and budgets;
  4.  Demonstrated experience leading and supervising a team;
  5.  Possess strong attention to detail and problem-solving skills;
  6.  Possess excellent communication skills and the ability to communicate with Indigenous people, managers and key stakeholders;
  7.  Demonstrated organisational skills and the ability to priorities to meet impending deadlines and recurring priorities;
  8.  Demonstrated understanding and knowledge of Aboriginal communities in Northern Australia and willingness to commit to community development.

Please ensure your application is marked ‘Private and Confidential’ and addressed to:

Janine Copland
People and Payroll Officer
Carpentaria Land Council Aboriginal Corporation
PO Box 6662
Cairns QLD 4870

Or email to:

Applications close 5pm AEST Friday 15 October 2021

To obtain a copy of the full Position Description please contact Janine Copland (People and Payroll Officer) on 07 4041 3833.

Release date:
15 Oct 2021
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Upcoming and recent events

Event date:
28 Sep 2014

Carpentaria Land Council Aboriginal Corporation 30 Year Anniversary Celebrations.

Event date:
15 Mar 2014
CLCAC hosted the region's first Indigenous Economic Development Summit in Burketown (March 2014). The Summit was called by Traditional Owners, key industry and business leaders and government officials. Key topics included tourism and small business opportunities.
Event date:
15 Oct 2013
The Carpentaria Land Council Aboriginal Corporation (CLCAC) held an Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Burketown Shire Council Hall on 16 October 2013.

Stories on country

13 May 2020

CLCAC’s Native Title Holders may be aware that the federal Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment’s Geological and Bioregional Assessment Program (GBA Program) were pursuing a three stage program of investigations into the potential for shale gas fields in the Gulf region (fracking).

26 Oct 2016

Designation of Gangalidda People’s traditional country on the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership Network

18 Mar 2016

Ten Gangalidda and Garawa Rangers recently completed another round of shorebird identification training with renowned ornithologist (bird expert) Roger Jaensch.  The training session also included a survey of known bird roosts found between the Leichhardt and Albert River mouths.  Though conditions were extremely hot and the going was tough on our team, several thousand birds were observed roosting on the intertidal flats between the river mouths.  Such data adds to the recent nomination of Tarrant (located immediately to the west of the survey area) for its inclusion as a distinct site wit

10 Mar 2016

CLCAC Rangers completed the last round of training required to complete their Certificate II in Remote Crocodile Management on 4 March, in an intensive two week training program that included weekend work.  This round of training focused on nest surveys and egg incubation. 


With the completion of their training to a Certificate II level the Rangers can begin to explore commercial enterprises involving crocodile management, a long-time aspiration of local Traditional Owner groups. 


2 Apr 2015

 Native title rights and interests were yesterday formally recognised in Burketown by the Federal Court of Australia over a number of culturally significant areas and sites, including:

19 Mar 2015

Members and Traditional Owners please be aware that the person (David Nilsson) referred to in the attached 60 Minute Report as a Carbon Cowboy is attempting to engage Traditional Owner groups in the Lower Gulf.