As a public sector we are working to increase the employment of Aboriginal people in the South Australian public sector.
Our plan to achieve this brings specific activities together under four main action areas:
- Connecting Aboriginal job seekers to employment opportunities in the South Australian public sector
- Providing mentoring support and leadership development opportunities for Aboriginal public sector employees.
- Ensuring public sector work environments are culturally safe for Aboriginal people.
- Providing strategic level support and advice to the Aboriginal Employment Public Sector Industry Cluster.
For the purposes of this webpage, the term Aboriginal is used to refer to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within South Australia. This is not intended to exclude Torres Strait Islander people, or people that identify as being of both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent.
Artwork: Karen Briggs
Aboriginal Employment Initiatives
Aboriginal Employment Register
The South Australian Government is committed to increasing the employment of Aboriginal people in the public sector. The government values the contribution and cultural diversity that Aboriginal people bring to the public sector workforce. The South Australian Public Sector is an ideal place for Aboriginal people to start or continue their career, as it offers a range of occupations and professional development opportunities.
If you are an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person and want to apply for employment in the public sector, please register your interest with the South Australian Public Sector Aboriginal Employment Register. The Aboriginal Employment Register is an employment opportunity program pursuant to Section 65 of the Public Sector Act 2009, which allows Aboriginal people to apply for all advertised vacancies in the South Australian Public Sector. Once registered, you will be considered for public sector job vacancies.
For further information free call 1800 960 622 or email.
Aboriginal Traineeship Program
OCPSE has developed a comprehensive Aboriginal Traineeship Program that brings together the South Australian Public Sector Aboriginal Employment Register with a pre-employment program and mentoring support program.
The program will provide a Certificate III level qualification and the opportunity of ongoing employment for 100 Aboriginal people over the next two years (2019-2020).
Who can apply? Aboriginal jobseekers aged 17-35, particularly mature age jobseekers who haven’t previously worked in the public sector and who don’t have a Certificate III level qualification.
Each trainee will be supported with a dedicated mentor who will be a public sector employee and has undertaken a Certificate in Indigenous Mentoring.
For further information about the program, please email or call 1800 960 622.
Mentoring is a powerful and engaging way to progress a person’s professional and personal development through a relationship of trust. It provides considerable benefits to the mentee and is both rewarding and beneficial to the mentor.
The Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment is inviting Aboriginal public sector employees to engage in mentorships as mentors or mentees. Non-Aboriginal public sector employees are strongly encouraged to apply to become mentors and share their expertise and advice to help develop and retain Aboriginal employees. At the time of registration, Aboriginal employees will be given a choice regarding their mentor preference
Who can apply? New and existing Aboriginal public sector employees across all classification levels in the South Australian public sector. For further information about the Mentoring Program and for an application form, please email or call 1800 960 622.
Aboriginal Employment Public Sector Industry Cluster
As part of the Governor’s Aboriginal Employment Industry Clusters Program, the Aboriginal Employment Public Sector Industry Cluster has been established to increase the employment of Aboriginal people in the South Australian Public Sector.
The Aboriginal Employment Public Sector Industry Cluster is chaired by the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment Erma Ranieri. The cluster promotes a coordinated and consistent approach to Aboriginal employment and training across the public sector to support agencies to achieve their existing Aboriginal employment and up-skilling targets.
Public sector agencies and statutory authorities interested in joining the Aboriginal Employment Public Sector Industry Cluster are invited to contact Kelly Harrington, Principal Aboriginal Engagement Consultant in the Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment on (08) 8429 5478 or email.