CLCAC has an exciting new 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, with travel to the lower Gulf of Carpentaria in outback Queensland.

About Us:

CLCAC was established over 35 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, Prescribed Body Corporate (PBC) economic development, Land & Environment and Indigenous Ranger programs in Burketown, Normanton & Mornington Island.

The Position:

Under the direction of the Capacity and Economic Development Manager, you will be responsible for coordinating and driving Prescribed Body Corporate (PBC) capacity building and business development support projects, as well as native title, future act and cultural heritage activities, in a professional and timely manner.

We require the assistance of a dynamic PBC Capacity & Economic Development Project Officer to join our team. This position will be responsible for:

  • Assisting with ensuring PBCs have provided instructions to legal representatives in relation to the preparation of objections and responses to notifications received under the future act regime of the Native Title Act 1993;
  • Providing project management assistance to native title claim groups and PBC’s;
  • Assisting with the coordination of cultural heritage surveys in response to mining and other economic proposals;
  • Assisting with implementing economic development, business development, capacity building and governance initiatives;
  • Assisting PBCs to implement appropriate governance frameworks;
  • Assisting with consultations with Traditional Owners and key stakeholders;
  • Undertaking research tasks and draft correspondence as requested;
  • Preparing proposals, submissions and grant applications as required.

The ideal person for this role, will be someone who is a creative problem solver; can manage multiple projects; is relationship and outcome focused; has some experience in working with Traditional Owner groups and has excellent writing and communication skills.

Salary and Conditions

This is a full-time position based in Cairns, with some travel throughout the Lower Gulf of Carpentaria region.

  • Salary Range: $77,558 - $84,500 p.a.
  • 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 are to be submitted by email directly to Janine Copland, People and Payroll Officer at, by the closing date and must include:

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

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:

Selection Criteria

  1. Tertiary qualifications in a relevant field of study either in Business, Law, Community Development Studies and/or Australian Indigenous Studies;
  2. Demonstrated knowledge or understanding of the Native Title Act 1993 and Prescribed Body Corporate operating environments;
  3. Demonstrated knowledge of Indigenous people of the Southern Gulf of Carpentaria and the capacity to communicate effectively with various key stakeholders including Indigenous people and government agencies;
  4. Demonstrated high level of end-to-end project management and proven time management and organisational skills;
  5. Demonstrated knowledge of, and commitment to, Indigenous economic development and capacity building including an ability to identify and facilitate development opportunities; and
  6. High-level research and writing skills including the ability to write high-quality reports and grant applications;

Applications close midnight AEST Monday 4 July 2022.


For further information or to obtain a copy of the full Position Description please contact Janine Copland on 07 4041 3833.


Release date:
14 Jun 2022
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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.