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Family Matters No. 75 - September 2006

Indigenous employment in the Australian Public Service

Lynelle Briggs

Abstract

In August 2005, a new strategy was launched to assist the Australian Public Service (APS) to stabilise Indigenous employment rates and to implement measures to consolidate and increase the levels of Indigenous expertise in the APS. Several resultant programs are operating to provide targeted support to Indigenous job seekers, employees and public sector employers, and a recent study has revealed for the first time Indigenous employees' own perceptions of life and work in the APS. While there is still a way to go, the APS is rising to the challenge of tapping into the skills and experiences of a growing sector of the Australian workforce. This article outlines the participation of Indigenous people in the Australian Public Service.

In August 2005, a new strategy was launched to assist the Australian Public Service (APS) to stabilise Indigenous employment rates and to implement measures to consolidate and increase the levels of Indigenous expertise in the APS. Several resultant programs are operating to provide targeted support to Indigenous job seekers, employees and public sector employers, and a recent study has revealed for the first time Indigenous employees' own perceptions of life and work in the APS. While there is still a way to go, the APS is rising to the challenge of tapping into the skills and experiences of a growing sector of the Australian workforce. This article outlines the participation of Indigenous people in the Australian Public Service.

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