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The ACT Public Service (ACTPS) is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace. As part of this commitment we strongly encourage people from an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background, or People with Disability, to apply. Some of the positions within the 2020 Graduate Program are designated to be filled with people from an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background and People with Disability.

The ACTPS has an overarching inclusion strategy which aims to increase and retain the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across the service, and build on community involvement.

The ACTPS has a dedicated employment inclusion team that works on the following initiatives:

Australian School Based Apprenticeships

Our school based apprenticeship program provides an opportunity to help young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students build a career in the ACT Public Service.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Vocational Employment Program (VEP)

Our fulltime Vocational Employment Program helps adult Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander job seekers to develop into a role over 12 months. We provide participants with certificate level and/or on-the-job training and support, and offer a permanent position upon completion of the Program.

Direct Recruitment

The ACTPS continually seeks to directly employ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people into permanent positions through:

  • Identified positions
  • Recruitment and employment agencies
  • Pre-employment programs
  • Employment expo’s
  • Online sources

Cultural Awareness and Training

The ACTPS promotes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employee networks that promotes support, mentoring and assistance to all indigenous staff within the service. Importantly, the ACTPS acknowledges and celebrates key events throughout the year.

The ACTPS is committed to having reconciliation action plans throughout all directorates and has made a Statement of Commitment to Reconciliation and Wellbeing of Communities through the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Agreement 2019-2028: https://www.communityservices.act.gov.au/atsia/agreement-2019-2028

For more information, contact our inclusion team at [email protected] 

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