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Head of First Nations Strategy

Head of First Nations Strategy

Req ID:  50770
Department:  Office of the CEO Executive Office
Division:  Office of the CEO
Location:  Melbourne

About the role


Role Type:  Permanent, Full Time

Location:     Major Capital and Regional cities considered


This is a First Nations Identified position and is only open to candidates who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.


ANZ is committed to deepening its understanding, focus and priority on walking alongside First Nations communities, employees, and customers.  The Head of First Nations Strategy will play a critical role in providing a voice to inform the bank’s approach to First Nations affairs.


As Head of First Nations Strategy, you will be responsible for providing First Nations leadership within the organisation. This role will work across the bank to develop and implement a First Nations-led approach to a broader First Nations strategy, of which ANZ’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) will continue to be a key element.


This is a newly-created Executive role and while the key accountabilities are listed below, the successful candidate will have the opportunity, flexibility and support to craft the role to make it their own.

Your key accountabilities in this role


  • Lead the development of a broad First Nations strategy, including oversight of its governance and implementation.
  • Establish the appropriate governance and resourcing of the First Nations strategy.
  • Lead the development of ANZ’s next RAP, including partnering with senior stakeholders.
  • Relationship Lead for key external partnerships, First Nations advisors and representing ANZ at external events and working groups.
  • Provide thought leadership on First Nations issues and opportunities.
  • Drive strategic and transformational change for ANZ and to embed First Nations voices within the fabric of our culture.
  • Role model and promote ANZ values, Create.Deliver.Together behaviours and our aspirational culture.


Key stakeholders this role will work with include:


  • ANZ’s Executive Committee (including CEO)
  • RAP Executive Sponsor (currently Group General Counsel)
  • RAP Steering Committee
  • Ngarga Wangaddja (ANZ’s internal First Nations employee reference group)
  • Corporate Affairs
  • Diversity & Inclusion Centre of Excellence

About You


To grow and be successful in this role, you’ll ideally bring the following:

  • Demonstrated experience in developing, leading and implementing a strategy in a large organizational context to enable impactful outcomes.
  • Deep and broad connection to First Nations communities, networks and cultures.
  • Experience in working within a large, complex organisation and a proven capability to work horizontally in a highly collaborative way with other internal stakeholders.
  • Ability to work within a fast-paced environment and a strong growth mindset.



About ANZ


Aligned with our purpose at ANZ to shape a world where people and communities thrive, our vision for Reconciliation is an Australia that is unified around a shared history that celebrates and honours the unique contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


We acknowledge the special role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples within the Australian community, particularly as custodians of the lands across Australia. At ANZ, we believe in working together to celebrate differences and create an equitable future where all of our communities thrive.


This is an exciting time to be a senior leader within one of Australia's biggest banks as we take advantage of the rapid change and disruption of traditional banking business models.


Our culture is critical to making this happen so that we can adapt, evolve, and to flourish over the long term. That’s why ask our people to focus on three key things: Creating Opportunities, Delivering What matters and Succeeding Together.


ANZ recognises the value of an inclusive and diverse work environment. We take pride in the diversity of our people and encourage applications from diverse candidates. If you are a candidate with a disability, let us know how we can provide you with additional support. Our recruitment decisions are based on the key inherent needs and requirements of each role, and candidates are selected based on their unique strengths and characteristics. We work flexibly at ANZ. Talk to us about how this role can be flexible for you.


To find out more about working at ANZ or to view other opportunities visit You may apply for this role by visiting ANZ Careers and searching for reference number 50770.

Job Posting End Date

02/10/2023image, 11.59pm, (Melbourne Australia)

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