Attraction of Aboriginal employees is enriched by public authorities who foster workplaces that are seen to be culturally secure, supporting the cultural needs of their Aboriginal employees and clients.

Acting with a deep understanding of Aboriginal cultural obligations and respect for Aboriginal culture and heritage creates an environment that will attract and contribute to the employment experience of potential and existing Aboriginal employees.


  • To promote the wider public sector as a workplace of choice for Aboriginal people.
  • To create culturally secure and inclusive workplace environments.

Online cultural confidence module - 'Sharing culture'

The Public Sector Commission developed the online Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural confidence module 'Sharing culture'. The module is designed to:

  • complement the Office of Multicultural Interests’ online training module ‘Diverse WA’
  • create culturally appropriate and supportive working environments where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people feel valued and included
  • complement agency induction packages.

The website can be accessed at

The Diversity and Employment Unit of the Commission will have responsibility for the ongoing maintenance and content of the site. If you have any questions relating to site or the content of the module, contact the Unit at


Aboriginal Traineeship Program

The Public Sector Commissions Aboriginal Traineeship Program is an employment-based training initiative that provides young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, 24 years of age and under, with an opportunity to develop public administration skills and competencies through a public sector traineeship.

Aims of the program

As part of the program trainees will be employed by the Public Sector Commission and hosted by a WA State Government agency for a period of 12 months.  The traineeship will enable trainees to develop skills in public administration and build a sustainable career pathway.  Trainees are paid a fortnightly wage for the duration of the traineeship.

On successful completion of the traineeship, trainees will receive a nationally and industry recognised qualification – Certificate III in Government.  While there are no guarantees of ongoing employment at the end of the traineeship, the Project Officers (Mentors) from the Public Sector Commission will work with trainees to identify ongoing employment opportunities.

Guide for agencies and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander trainees

The guide for participating agencies and trainees provides information on the Aboriginal Traineeship Program and outlines the responsibilities of all individuals involved in the program.

Contact Us

Aboriginal Employment Branch

Phone: 6552 8764 or Email:


Page last updated 24 January 2020