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Indigenous Affairs Advisor

Apply now Job no: 503225
Work type: Permanent Full Time
Location: VIC Metro
Categories: Human Resources

About Kmart Group

The Kmart Group is comprised of Kmart and Target, Catch and the Kmart Group Asia sourcing business. It was formed as the Department Stores Division in February 2016 and rebranded to the Kmart Group in November 2018. The division operates 520 stores across Australia and New Zealand and employs more than 44,000 team members.


You’ll be joining a dynamic team with a fantastic culture where diversity is openly celebrated, and you’ll be challenged and supported to achieve personal and business goals. Expect a work environment that is highly collaborative, fast-paced, inclusive and progressive - with no two days the same! Our values – Think Customer, Take Care, Live Integrity, Grow Together and Reach Higher will resonate with you deeply and you’ll enjoy being part of a growing, iconic Australian business that has a fantastic culture that is non-hierarchical, diverse and inclusive.

What we’re looking for?

A unique opportunity has arisen for motivated and results orientated individuals to join Kmart Group (representing both Kmart Australia and Target Australia) in the role of Indigenous Affairs Advisor within the Corporate Affairs and Sustainability function.

Reporting in to the Head of Community we have available a Melbourne based role to work closely with Indigenous communities, organisations, businesses and our teams. The role will continue to build on awareness and understanding of culture and ensuring that our commitments to supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people stay strong within the Group.

Our vision for reconciliation is an Australia that affords equal opportunities to all. We will ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people feel welcome in our businesses as team members, customers, suppliers and visitors.

About You

To ensure the success of this initiative we are looking to complete our team, the key responsibilities of the role will include

  • Working with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, stakeholders and our key partners to proactively support Indigenous organisations and connect our teams within local communities to create trust for our brands as culturally safe within communities.
  • To celebrate and raise awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture through effective communication within our businesses; utilising our communication channels, this can include store openings and events.
  • Advise and help manage customer contacts when culturally sensitive situations arise.
  • To be passionate about being part of the Group’s community team and drive programs (including managing donations) that support our broader sustainability development program.


  • To maintain and grow opportunities for supplier diversity within our businesses and advise the team (where relevant) on appropriate practices and policies that advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and culture.  
  • To support and implement Kmart Group’s commitment to the Wesfarmers Employment Parity Initiative (EPI) and Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) initiatives as that includes employment, supplier diversity and community relations.

To be successful in this role, you will ideally possess the following skills and experience;

  • Experience in liaising, negotiating and consulting with Indigenous communities
  • Experience in a fast-paced multi-functional team
  • Experience in managing multiple projects at a time and gearing toward process driven way of dealing with tasks; strong attention to detail and time management capabilities is a must
  • An interest in social issues and advocacy, engaging people in learning more about social topics (advocate)
  • Qualifications in Public Relations, Corporate Affairs, Community Investment/Projects, Sustainability, Communications and/or not for profit organisations is ideal but not essential
  • An ability to build rapport, motivate, positively influence others and be comfortable presenting about cultural topics.
  • Proven experience in communicating programs including running events that drive education and understanding about diversity.
  • Those with communications, public affairs or community experience in large organisations would be considered highly desirable

The successful applicant must have the right to work in Australia, a current Driver’s License and a Working with Children Check (or will be required to undergo one).

We strive to create an inclusive and diverse work environment which promotes the development of our people irrespective of gender, ethnicity, generation, flexible work status, family circumstances, sexual orientation or disability.

We encourage applications from people of diverse backgrounds, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

You will benefit from joining an amazing business and a dynamic team who are all committed to the success of Kmart and Target and providing our customers with a great shopping experience. Our values – Think Customer, Take Care, Live Integrity, Grow Together and Reach Higher will resonate with you deeply and you’ll enjoy being part of a growing, iconic Australian business that has a fantastic culture that is non-hierarchical, diverse and inclusive. Your work environment will be highly collaborative, fast-paced and progressive, with no two days the same!

You will be afforded autonomy and accountability in your role and have access to development opportunities across both Kmart and the Wesfarmers Group, excellent remuneration, inclusion in company bonus scheme & access to Wesfarmers share plan (both for eligible team members), free parking and benefits program including a discount card for Kmart, Target and Officeworks.

At Kmart Group we aim to ensure our teams reflect the diversity of the communities in which we operate.

Candidates interested in this position should apply directly to this advertisement as we are not accepting applications from recruitment agencies.


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