Aboriginal Youth Leadership Network Forum

On 1 May 2015, following the IPAA CEO and Young Professionals Breakfast, the PSC hosted its biannual Aboriginal Youth Leadership Network Forum at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence, in Redfern. Invitations were sent out via HR Directors requesting staff nominations from all Departments across the NSW state government. The forum was a great success, with over 65 young Aboriginal staff from a range of various roles and grades and government agencies attending the forum; this included 17 regional staff from locations outside of Sydney.


This forum provided young professional Aboriginal staff from across the NSW public sector the opportunity to network, participate in interactive career and professional development activities and hear from other young Aboriginal leaders working in the NSW public sector.

Facilitating Aboriginal staff networks is a key initiative of the NSW Public Sector Aboriginal Employment Strategy 2014 - 2017. Under this Strategy, the PSC have committed to establishing a Youth Leadership Network for Aboriginal young professionals with leadership potential (18-34 years).

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Participants identifying their strengths


The event was facilitated by Shantala Prior, Senior Advisor and Sherry-Ann Toomey, Advisor, Aboriginal Workforce Development Team at the PSC and commenced with a Welcome to Country by Uncle Ray Davison from the Sydney Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council.

The agenda for the day was centered around the IPAA breakfast theme “How to Manage your Career for Success” and included a welcome address from the NSW PSC Director Values and Leadership, Kathy Baker, a guest speaker from the PSC’s Capability Framework team, a panel discussion with graduates from the 2014 Aboriginal Career and Leadership Development Program as well as an afternoon workshop with Peter Fisher on Personal Impact and Communication.

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Personal impact and presence in 'Communicating with Impact' workshop with Peter Fisher


The participant’s feedback has been very positive, in particular about how important and valuable the event was in facilitating an open dialogue between Aboriginal people across the NSW public sector and forming important network relationships.

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'Career Planning' session with Charlene Davison (Principal Advisor Aboriginal Workforce Development Team - NSW Public Service Commission)

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