Aboriginal employment strategy
Aboriginal employment enhances our workforce diversity and so improves the services we deliver, particularly for Aboriginal people. It adds to the NSW public sector’s capacity to innovate, and to drive and improve results. It helps us to better understand Aboriginal customers and communities and to develop and deliver improved policies and programs.
We need Aboriginal people employed right across the Sector, in a wide range of roles, and at all levels - from trainees to Department heads and executive roles. By providing improved employment opportunities, the NSW Government is able to contribute to ‘closing the gap’ in economic participation for Aboriginal people, in particular through better employment and career outcomes, improved health outcomes and a higher standard of living for Aboriginal people.
NSW Public Sector Aboriginal Employment Strategy 2019-2025
NSW Working together for a better future: the NSW Public Sector Aboriginal Employment Strategy (AES) sets out the key initiatives to be implemented across the NSW public sector and within departments and agencies over the period 2019 to 2025. These cross-sector activities will be driven by the NSW Public Service Commission in collaboration with departments and individual agencies. The strategy sets the direction and targets for improving the employment of Aboriginal peoples in the NSW public sector.
The strategy builds on the success of the 2014-2017 Aboriginal Employment Strategy, under which the proportion of the NSW public sector workforce identified as Aboriginal increased from 2.6% to 3.3% overall by 2018.