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The NSW Government is committed to growing and developing our Aboriginal workforce at all levels through our Aboriginal Employment Strategy. This will improve our engagement with Aboriginal peoples and communities who are our customers and help us to provide relevant, culturally-appropriate services.

Since 2014, we have had a strong focus on career and leadership development for Aboriginal employees who aspire to progress into senior roles. This focus aligns with the Premier's Priority to drive public sector diversity - in particular, to double the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in senior leadership roles in the government sector by 2025.

We have initiatives in place to support and develop Aboriginal employees within the NSW government sector. Regional Aboriginal staff networks are run quarterly in key locations across NSW. These events provide an opportunity for our Aboriginal employees to learn from each other, and from Aboriginal leaders from both the sector and local communities.

Our Aboriginal Career and Leadership Development Program has been specifically developed for Aboriginal NSW public sector employees who aspire to become leaders. It provides participants with the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions and activities aimed at building their leadership capabilities.

The Aboriginal Employment and Development Program aims to increase the number of Aboriginal people entering the NSW public sector and the program contributes to a long term approach to increasing Aboriginal staff representation. The program provides a rewarding structured employment and development program – it is designed to attract and retain Aboriginal people who have a desire for public service and are inspired by values aligned with those of the public sector.

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