Increasing Aboriginal employment through traineeships

26 February 2020

After a competitive application process, 32 trainees have been selected to take part in the Commission’s 2020 Aboriginal Traineeship Program.

The trainees have been employed by the Commission and are being hosted by agencies across the sector. While there, they will complete a 12-month traineeship before graduating with a Certificate III in Government.

The Commission’s Executive Director People, Culture and Diversity, Sonja O’Leary, said she was thrilled with the amount of interest in this year’s program.

“All up, we received applications from 26 agencies across the sector offering to host 135 trainees in metropolitan and regional areas.”

“In fact, since the program started we have continued to see the number of applicants grow which is really exciting.”

Ms O’Leary said the traineeships were just one part of the Commission’s plan to help increase employment opportunities for Aboriginal Australians across the sector and build a more diverse, talented and versatile workforce.

“The Commission is developing a sector-wide workforce diversification strategy with supporting action plans for diversity groups, including Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islander people,” she said.

“The action plan, which will be released by the Government later this year aims to increase the representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders employed in the public sector to 3.7% by the end of 2025.

“Given the flat trend over recent years of around 2.7% this is an ambitious challenge for the sector, but one we are excited to take on.”

Page last updated 26 February 2020