Aboriginal Employment Reaches Significant Milestone in NT

aboriginal employmentNot for Profit Diversity Council Australia is calling on states to follow the example set by the Northern Territory after it was announced Aboriginal employment in the public sector has reached a significant milestone.

Chief Minister and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Adam Giles announced during NAIDOC Week that more than 10 per cent of territory public servants are now Aboriginal.

Diversity Council Australia CEO, Lisa Annese, said it was a “huge step forward”.

“The idea is that under the principle of self determination that individual Indigenous Australians take control of their own lives and create policy and outcomes that are good for them,” Annese told Pro Bono Australia News.

“So I think that is a brilliant step forward and I would encourage other states to try and follow the same.”

She said there were lots of barriers facing Indigenous Australians in the workforce that needed to be overcome.

“I think it ranges from inequity before you get there, before you even have the opportunity, to things like discrimination and exclusions once you are there, so it is a very complicated multitude of factors.

“But I think to know that it can be successful, we should do what we can to learn from the Northern Territory example.

“Our goal is to double public sector Aboriginal employment to 16 per cent of the workforce, from 1,800 to 3,600 employees by 2020.

“In just a short time, the number of Aboriginal employees has increased to 10.07 per cent.”

This represents more than 250 new Aboriginal employees working in the Northern Territory public sector.

Giles said an additional nine trainees has also graduated from the NTPS Indigenous Employment Program on 1 July. To read more click here.

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