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Jawun Virtual Secondment Program

Government and corporate employees from participating organisations can work online to improve the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through the Jawun Virtual Secondment Program.

The Public Service Commission (PSC) is co-ordinating the participation of NSW public sector employees in the 2020 program which has been developed by Jawun in response to COVID-19.

Participants will have the opportunity to engage online from October to December 2020 on projects from communities in the following regions:

As a participant you can work flexibly from your home or office on a project either fulltime or part-time. You must commit to at least 100 hours overall and an average of two days a week to the virtual secondment.

Working with Aboriginal communities 

The Jawun Virtual Secondment Program can give you a unique insight into Aboriginal communities and the ability to make a difference with some of the challenges they face. Your cultural understanding will be enriched by the experience and  through specific cultural training.

You don't need any experience of working with Aboriginal communities. Generally, the program seeks participants that have the following skills and attributes:

  • skills relevant to the Aboriginal organisations’ projects and priorities
  • desire and enthusiasm to make a difference 
  • business and personal skills and the ability to apply them
  • culturally sensitive and respectful
  • good listening skills, able to build relationships, relate well to others and pass on skills and knowledge
  • self-motivated, resourceful and able to work online in an unstructured environment
  • quick learner who can work both collaboratively and independently
  • open-minded and embraces different experiences. 

Getting involved

Jawun selects participants by matching their skills and experiences to projects identified by participating communities. 

These projects are community lead and vary according to community needs. There are different start and finish times. A wide range of skills are sought which may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Asset management
  • Strategic planning
  • Policy support
  • Risk assessment
  • Corporate governance
  • Census analysis
  • Project planning
  • Marketing
  • Training and development
  • Business planning
  • HR systems development.

Clusters are responsible for approving and submitting nominees to the PSC for Jawun’s consideration. Please see Applying for the program for further details.

About Jawun

Who is Jawun? Learn more about the not-for-profit organisation and how they support programs of change in Aboriginal communities.

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What to expect on a virtual secondment

Find out more about what's expected of participants, support and arrangements in place during the program.

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Applications are now closed

Find out more about the nomination process used.

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