The department’s reconciliation vision supports a workforce with opportunities and career pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples where they feel empowered, ensuring that the department and broader community can benefit from the knowledge and experience of Australia’s First Peoples.
We are committed to employment measures that are inclusive and represent the diversity of the Australian community by bringing to bear the knowledge and expertise of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our policy work and program delivery. To do this we need Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff across all levels and areas of the department.
We support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees through our:
- Indigenous Employee Network (IEN) which promotes culturally safe and inclusive workplaces, policies and programs while providing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees are supportive network to foster their careers
- Inclusion Strategy (2017-2020) which aims to create a supportive, flexible and inclusive workplace for all staff
- Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) that has a target of 2.5 per cent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employee representation over the next two years
- Indigenous Champion who plays a vital role ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees are supported while undertaking their career at the department.