“While participating in the Indigenous Apprenticeship Program, I have been given the opportunity to study a Certificate IV in Government. The Department of Home Affairs has ensured I am supported throughout the program and am successful in kick starting my career. I have access to the Indigenous Support Staff Network (ISSN) where we can collaborate, access job opportunities, information about the program, development opportunities and keep in touch with colleagues. I’ve also been paired with a buddy who was also a previous apprentice and the support I received from them has been amazing.”
Support for Indigenous Australians in the Department
- The Department of Home Affairs is committed to providing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff with access to many initiatives and resources to support professional development and to maximise potential within the workplace, which includes:
- The Department’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) focuses on achieving better results in attracting, retaining and advancing Indigenous staff and promoting reconciliation throughout the Department.
- The Department offers access to the Commonwealth-wide Indigenous buddy and mentoring program, and staff at all levels are invited to participate.
- The Indigenous Employment Strategy aims to build a sustainable workforce to support the delivery of departmental outcomes and Australian Government objectives through an increased Indigenous representation within the workforce; a pathway for Indigenous staff within the APS through learning and development opportunities; and a diversity-rich environment that closes the gap on Indigenous disadvantage.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff may access paid study leave and financial assistance.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff may access Ceremonial and NAIDOC Leave.
- The Indigenous Staff Support Network (ISSN) is an open network for both Indigenous and non- Indigenous staff to promote connections, networking and collaboration to further share mutual support and to discuss ongoing opportunities.
- The Jawun Secondment Program is a significant professional development opportunity for our executive level and APS6 staff. It is an immersive learning experience focused on developing cultural competence and an understanding of Indigenous culture.