PM&C is the premier agency for the Commonwealth Government and the lead Commonwealth Agency for Indigenous Affairs. As per the 2018 APS Employee Census, PM&C has 15% of our total staff identifying as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander persons with strong representation of Indigenous Senior Executive.
We have an active Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employee Network (A&TSIEN) which is supported by and Indigenous Executive Champion. The A&TSIEN plays an important role in supporting the effective operations of the Department, in particular, informing the development and implementation of policies, programmes and initiatives relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees and communities.
PM&C has set ambitious targets for a new ‘Stretch’ Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), with support from our Reconciliation Executive Champion, to embed reconciliation in our everyday business.
The department hosts NAIDOC Week and National Reconciliation Week events each year to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, history and achievements. We have also implemented the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Protocols Guide, which was developed to assist all PM&C employees to work respectfully and effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.
PM&C offers an online Indigenous Cultural Competence program called Core. Core provides a significant foundation for appropriate communication with, and understanding of, Indigenous Australians. Although not mandatory, we encourage all Departmental employees to undertake this essential development, regardless of their level of engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.