CEO Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council

Job No: PEAK271
Location: Bamaga

About the Region

The Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council is within the Northern Peninsula Area at the tip of Cape York.

Cape York is at the very northern tip of Australia. It is a narrow peninsula with the Coral Sea to the east, the Arafura Sea and the Gulf of Carpentaria to the west, and the Torres Strait to the north. Only 80 miles south of Australia’s nearest neighbouring country Papua New Guinea the land is traditionally owned by the Indigenous Australians of the area. It is a land of two seasons, the wet and the dry. The wet season is between December and April and the dry season between May and November. It is warm all year.

The Northern Peninsula Area (NPA) is made up of five indigenous communities, settled by clans from across Cape York and the Torres Strait. There are three Aboriginal communities; Injinoo, Umagico and New Mapoon, and two Saibai Islander communities; Seisia and Bamaga. The NPA region is approximately 1,000 kilometres north-west of Cairns by road.

The area experiences a significant influx of visitors and tourists during the dry season, by road, air, and sea links. Seisa is the main seaport for the Northern Peninsula Area and Bamaga is the commercial and administrative centre for government services.

About the Organisation 

Council consists of five divisions, one for each of the former entities. Each division elects one councillor and the Mayor is elected across the entire Council area.

The Council is charged with the responsibility of ensuring a wide range of local government services are available throughout the communities of the Northern Peninsula Area including housing, utilities (such as waste management, water supply, wastewater disposal and roads infrastructure), sporting and recreational facilities.

Good community development is also the responsibility of the Council. They are responsible for nurturing the establishment of a strong community that controls and uses its assets to provide cultural, and other community events, promote and support social justice, to improve the quality of the community life. NPARC works closely with the community, government funding agencies and, where appropriate, businesses, to secure and deploy the necessary resources for these purposes.  

NPARC Mission Statement

To support the provision of high standard local government services and the economic growth of the Northern Peninsula Area through the sustainable use, development and management of land, water and native vegetation resources, whilst protecting the rights and interests of both the individual and the community. 

NPARC Vision

With Respect and pride we build a future for our children based on unity, equitable self-governance, education and culture.


About the Position

To assist in the effective management of the council and the services it delivers to the community, the Chief Executive Officer has put in place an organisational structure which incorporates a Deputy CEO who is responsible for Community Services, and three Executive Manager positions who have responsibilities for, Corporate Services, Finance and Operations. Council employs approximately 170 staff and has an operating budget of $40m.

The Chief Executive Officer is Council’s principal staff officer, exercising overall management responsibility for Council’s operations: -

The Chief Executive Officer:

  • Acts as the primary link between councillors and the organisation and is responsible for aiding councillors in developing policy.
  • Provides leadership to staff in achieving Council objectives and upholding their values.
  • Oversight of the financial management of the Council.
  • Communicates and promotes Council’s policies to the community it serves.

The successful candidate will have a deep understanding of the challenges but also opportunities available to a remote Indigenous community such as the Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council. You will have proven ability in overseeing strong governance, financial control, and operational management but also be able to support the council in developing policy. The ability to network across other levels of government to source and secure further funding options for the community will be assessed.

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Peak Services is working in conjunction with Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council, exclusively on this position. We offer local government expertise across a wide range of professional fields, providing tailored solutions for councils and other similar organisations. We work with our clients to deliver meaningful outcomes in recruitment and contracting services. 

How to Apply

Before you apply for this position, please read the position description carefully to assess your eligibility and suitability for the position.  You will be required to answer a few questions that relate to the criteria on the online application below.  You will also be asked to attach your current resume and a cover letter(optional) on the next page. Please note that you cannot submit your application without attaching your resume. When uploading your resume or documents please ensure file names should only include 'A-z', '0-9', '.' and '-' characters.

PLEASE NOTE: Once you have commenced your application you cannot save and continue at a later stage. It is recommended you answer the questions in a Word document to save then copy and paste your answers into the portal.

Applications will close on Sunday 11 October at 10 pm.  Please ensure you leave adequate time to complete your application before the closing date and time. All applications will be reviewed over the following weeks and we will be in a position to return to all candidates in regards to the status of their application after the closing date.

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact Celia Jones at Peak Services on 0409 119 561 for a confidential conversation. 




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