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Affirmative measures – Indigenous

The APS supports the employment of Indigenous people via affirmative measures recruitment. The Australian Public Service Commissioner's Directions 2016 work with the provisions of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 to enable agency heads to put in place affirmative measures to identify particular vacancies as open only to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants.

Subsection 26(2) of the Commissioner’s Directions provides that the agency head or delegate must ensure that eligible applicants:

  • are of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent; and
  • identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander; and
  • are accepted by their community as being Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

Candidates who apply under the affirmative measure will need to meet minimum benchmarks to progress through the assessment stages.

Applicants who are shortlisted to the face-to-face stage of the recruitment process will be required to provide suitable evidence of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage. This includes:

  • a letter signed by the Chairperson of an incorporated Indigenous organisation confirming that the applicant is recognised as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person, or
  • a confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent document executed by an Indigenous organisation, or
  • two statutory declarations confirming your heritage, one from yourself and another from an Indigenous APS employee or an Indigenous Service Provider such as a University Indigenous Support Unit or an Indigenous Medical Service.

For further information on affirmative measures for recruiting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, visit the Australian Public Service Commission website.



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