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Jawun Executive Secondments

South Australian Government Executives, and those aspiring to be executives, can now access secondments with Indigenous-led community organisations – working shoulder to shoulder with executives from the private sector.

The South Australian Government has formed a partnership with the not-for-profit organisation Jawun, to develop the talent of SA Government executives, and support practical reconciliation in South Australia. This partnership provides six-week residential placements that benefit both the Indigenous-led organisations, their communities, and the participants.

Through the placement of private and public sector executives, Jawun increases the capacity of Indigenous leaders, organisations and communities to achieve their own development goals. This in turn leads to sustained, material and measurable improvements in the lives of Indigenous people in those communities.

How Jawun works
A number of steps are involved in placing skilled secondees into Indigenous organisations:

  • Projects for support are identified – Indigenous organisations outline their priorities
  • Skills required are identified – Jawun helps Indigenous organisations think through the skills required from secondees
  • Secondees are matched with projects – Jawun works with corporate and government partners to identify suitable secondees
  • Induction and support – Jawun manages the secondee’s induction into the region and provides ongoing support during their secondment (typically six weeks)

Opportunities are currently available in supporting organisations in the following two regions:

Lower River Murray, Lakes and Coorong
The Lower River Murray, Lakes and Coorong region is home to the Ngarrindjeri nation. The Ngarrindjeri’s traditional areas extend one hour south-east of Adelaide from Mannum, and downstream through Murray Bridge and Victor Harbor and along the coast through Goolwa to Cape Jervis, including Lake Alexandrina and Lake Albert.

In this region, there is a growing desire among Ngarrindjeri people to create a future centred on caring for country, which incorporates respect for traditions, cultural responsibility and self-determination.

Current initiatives are focused on research, land management and developing a sustainable Ngarrindjeri regional economy.

Click here to read the case study: Growing opportunity on Ngarrindjeri lands.

For more information about the Lower River Murray, Lakes and Coorong region click here to visit the Jawun website.

Far West Coast
Jawun’s newest region at the Far West Coast has an Aboriginal population of approximately 1,100 people and five smaller Aboriginal communities – Oak Valley, Yalata, Scotdesco, Koonibba, and Ceduna.

The leaders of key organisations in this region have identified the following areas that need to be addressed:

  • Maintenance, strengthening and promotion of Aboriginal culture
  • Lack of economic and social development opportunities
  • Poor education and consequent lack of real employment opportunities
  • Poor health outcomes
  • Lack of resources and suitably qualified workers in remote communities
  • High cost of delivery of services to remote locations
  • Lack of recreational and other creative alternatives.

For more information about the Far West Coast region click here to visit the Jawun website.

Secondment Dates for 2018

Round Applications Due By Arrive
Sunday
Begin Induction Monday Camping      Mon-Thurs Commence Friday Debrief Friday Depart Saturday Exec
Visit
One 2018 1 Dec ’17 25-Feb 26-Feb 26-1 Mar 2-Mar 6-Apr 7-Apr  19-22 Aug
Two 2018 23 Feb 6-May 7-May 7-10 May 11-May 15-Jun 16- Jun
Three 2018 25 May 5-Aug 6-Aug 6-9 Aug 10-Aug 14-Sep 15-Sep
Four 2018 11 Aug 21-Oct 22-Oct 22-25 Oct 26-Oct 30-Nov 01-Dec

Information Sessions for 2018

A number of one-hour information sessions have been scheduled during 2018 to provide further information on what to expect from a Jawun Executive Secondment as well as the opportunity to meet the SA Director of Jawun and previous SA Government Jawun secondees. 

All Information Sessions below will be held from 11:00am to 12:00noon – Level 4 Westpac House, 91 King William Street, Adelaide.

To book, select from the following and click on the date in which you are interested:

Alternatively, SA Government Agencies can request a Jawun Information Session to be delivered in-house to their Leadership team.

For further details please email [email protected] or telephone Michelle Ralph on 08 8429 5698.

How to Apply for a Jawun Executive Secondment

The program is co-ordinated on the behalf of the South Australian Government by the Office for the Public Sector. Participation is through a selection process for one of the four rounds each year.

Whilst this program is aimed at the executive level, employees at the AS06 level and above may still apply.

Please click here to access the Jawun Nomination Form 2018, which will help guide your application.

While executive employees may nominate at any time for the four secondment rounds on offer, formal interviews and the making of offers will occur approximately eight to ten weeks prior to each secondment round.

In the private sector, Jawun secondments are frequently recognised as a pathway to higher level executive roles.  While relatively new for SA Government, it’s expected that nominations for the limited number of Jawun places will be highly competitive.

It is critically important that you gain the support of your Agency Chief Executive prior to submitting your nomination.  It is also recommended that you discuss your nomination with the OPS Jawun Program Coordinator prior to submitting your application – email [email protected] or telephone Michelle Ralph on 08 8429 5698.

Public and Private Sector Executives Working Together

Jawun is a national organisation that began in 2001. Apart from the SA Government, Jawun has also developed a range of private sector partnerships with organisations such as Westpac, KPMG, Wesfarmers, nab, Leighton Contractors, Qantas, Commonwealth Bank, QBE, Woodside, News Corp, Telstra, Macquarie, and the RAA.  Working alongside corporate executives provides significant networking opportunities for SA Government secondees.

 

Video from the Jawun site where Corporate partners talk about the benefits of Jawun.

What does a Residential Secondment Involve?

A Jawun secondment is likely to be both a challenging and rewarding experience.  As a live-in residential program, it offers cultural immersion in a new kind of working environment.  Participants often report that, at the beginning of the secondment, they are frequently working out of their comfort zone.  However, in a recent review of the Jawun program, 80% of secondees reported that their Jawun secondment was the most impactful development program they had ever attended.

The program is designed to be immersive.  To fully benefit from the program, secondees will require the support of their workplace and family in order to leave for the duration of the secondment.  At times, there may be opportunities to engage in community activities outside of the normal required working hours.  Secondees will usually be able to travel home on weekends.

Accommodation typically involves secondees having their own room in a house shared by one or two other secondees.  Prior to submitting an nomination it is recommended that nominees visit Jawun’s website (www.jawun.org.au) for more detailed information and discuss any concerns with their Agency and/or the OPS Jawun Program Co-ordinator (email [email protected] or telephone Michelle Ralph on 08 8429 5698.

All placements will involve a four-day induction program (including camping out and other cultural experiences), a five week project period and debriefing and evaluation sessions.

How much does a Jawun Executive Secondment cost?

Jawun Executive Secondment Costs:
The costs may vary depending on the secondee group size, the secondment regional location, and whether Jawun need to hire a car for the secondee.

As a guide the costs range from $3,500 – $4,000 per secondee and the total amount is invoiced to the home agency at the completion of the secondment.

This includes:

  • Accommodation for the 6 week secondment
  • Induction week travel, meals, cultural tours and incidentals

Home Agency Costs:

  • Staff wages over duration of the secondment (secondees remain employees of their home agency at their existing salary)
  • Applicable staff allowances, i.e. meals and incidentals etc.

Other Agency Costs (Optional – only if required):

  • Car hire and fuel
  • Laptop and internet access

The above costs are based on current SA Government rates and awards as per the Commissioner’s Determinations.

Case Studies: Previous SA Government Jawun Secondments

Sandra Russel

Sandra Russell, Department for Correctional Services
Case Study One: Designing an Atlas of the Ngarrindjeri Nation – click here to view Case Study One (PDF) 189KB

Mac Bollella

Immacolata ‘Mac’ Bollella, Department of Treasury and Finance
Case Study Two: Designing a Marketing and Branding Strategy for the Ngarrindjeri Nation – click here to view Case Study Two (PDF) 89KB

Michael Gibbs

Micheal Gibbs, Office for the Public Sector
Case Study Three: Organisational Development Strategies for the Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority – click here to view Case Study Three (PDF) 333KB

How to Obtain Further Information

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