Aboriginal workforce

Diversity in government sector, workforce management continues to be a priority under the Government Sector Employment Act 2013 (GSE Act). 

The Public Service Commissioner leads the strategic development and management of the government sector workforce to ensure the sector reflects the diversity of the wider community. 

Aboriginal employment enhances our workforce diversity and so improves the services we deliver. It helps us to better understand Aboriginal customers and communities and to develop and deliver better policies and programs. We need to grow and develop a talented and versatile Aboriginal workforce right across the sector, in a wide range of roles, and at all levels - from trainees to Department heads. 

The NSW Public Sector has made good progress in Aboriginal employment over the last ten years. Aboriginal employment levels are the highest they have ever been and the Aboriginal share of total Public Sector jobs is approaching that of the working age population as a whole. Yet there is room for us to improve on these results.

NSW Public Sector Aboriginal Employment Strategy 2014-2017Aboriginal Employment Strategy 2014-2017

The NSW Public Sector Aboriginal Employment Strategy has now been released. The Strategy sets out the key initiatives to be implemented across the NSW Public Sector as a whole and within Departments and agencies over the period 2014 to 2017. These cross-Sector activities will be driven by the NSW Public Service Commission in collaboration with Departments and individual agencies.

Be consulted - join our Aboriginal Workforce Network

If you are interested in being consulted about, or receive information on, Aboriginal employment matters, particularly if you are an Aboriginal person, then we want to hear from you.

Please register to be included in our Aboriginal Workforce Network.

"To share your thoughts on future Aboriginal workforce priorities and initiatives, I invite you to contact our Aboriginal Workforce Development team members who are dedicated to drive the development and implementation of our initiatives and to promote, strengthen and ensure Aboriginal workforce development is part of everyday business across the NSW Public Sector."


The Public Service Commission acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the land on which our office stands.