Careers at AFAO

Project Officers – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

  • Do you have a passion for work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities?
  • Do you enjoy working in a fast-paced environment?
  • Would you like to work in Australia’s community-controlled HIV response?

In partnership with Anwernekenhe National HIV Alliance (ANA), two Project Officer positions, responsible for ensuring HIV related issues of relevance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are more meaningfully integrated into Australia’s HIV response, are now open for recruitment.

The Project Officers report directly to the Manager, Digital Campaigns.

Organisational context

AFAO leads the national effort to end HIV transmission on behalf of its member organisations who represent the diverse communities most affected by HIV – lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities, sex workers, people who inject drugs, people with HIV and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

AFAO’s members include the AIDS Councils in each State and Territory and national organisations collaborating with AFAO to enable the appointment of this position. These organisations are the National Association of People With HIV Australia (NAPWHA), the Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL), Scarlet Alliance, the Australian Sex Workers Association, and the Anwernekenhe National HIV Alliance (ANA). ANA is Australia’s national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HIV community-led organisation and aims to ensure the voice of Indigenous Australians is heard, supported and has impact within the Australian HIV response. AFAO’s affiliate member organisations – spanning community, research and clinical workforce – share AFAO’s values and support the work we do.

AFAO supports its members by leading the national conversation on HIV, advocating for AFAO’s Members and communities in forums and government processes and providing a public voice on HIV, and by developing national health promotion campaigns and other education resources to provide contemporary information about HIV and STI testing, prevention and treatment to the communities represented by our member organisations.

 Key Skills and Experience

  • Understanding of and commitment to communities most affected by HIV, including LGBTI communities, sex workers, people who inject drugs, people with HIV and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
  • Connections with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, including those also part of other key populations most affected by HIV.
  • A proven track record of community work, including with Indigenous people.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively, including with various stakeholders.
  • Ability to work well both within a team environment and autonomously.
  • Organisational and time management skills, including the capacity to manage concurrent projects and meet deadlines.
  • Attention to detail


To apply for this position, please download a copy of the Position Description, here: Position Description – Project Officer – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Your application should include a document addressing the skills and experience listed in the Job Description, and your CV including three referees, two of which must be professional. Applications can be submitted to Renee Parker at

This position is full-time and based in Sydney. There may be an initial period of working from home as part of the response to COVID-19. The positions are offered on a full-time (35 hours per week) fixed term (one-year contract) basis, with the possibility of extension. AFAO provides attractive benefits and salary packaging.


AFAO strongly encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply.

Applications close:  Sunday 14 June 2020. 

For more information on AFAO – To discuss the position, please contact Ben Wilcock, Manager, Digital Campaigns, on 02 8568 1151 or at