Aboriginal Employment Strategy

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The Department of Commerce acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures and to elders past and present.

Aboriginal employment in Commerce

The department is committed to empower, support and develop our people by respecting individuality and diversity, both internal and external to the organisation. We strive to achieve a workplace culture that is respectful, welcoming and encouraging to create Aboriginal employment outcomes that will make a real difference in the community.

Aboriginal Employment Strategy 2013 - 2015

The department has developed its first Aboriginal employment strategy which will play an integral part in guiding the department in progressing methods to support employees and create employment pathways over the next three years.

The Strategy is built on the following three key action areas which the department will focus on:

  • Workplace environment
  • Attraction and recruitment
  • Retention and career development

You can download the department’s Aboriginal Employment Strategy 2013-2015 or order a copy from the Publications Officer (publications@commerce.wa.gov.au).

The Aboriginal Employment Strategy is also available in other formats on request to assist people with special needs.

  • Telephone: (08) 9282 0777
  • National Relay Service: 13 36 77 (for the hearing impaired)
  • Fax: (08) 9282 0407, or from
  • Post: Manager, Policy and Executive Services
    Department of Commerce
    Locked Bag 14, CLOISTERS SQUARE WA 6850

Increasing Aboriginal public sector employment

In 2008 the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to a national target of ‘halving the gap in employment outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people within a decade’.

These targets are set out in the National Indigenous Reform Agreement, which commits the Commonwealth, states and territories to unprecedented levels of investment to close the gap in Indigenous disadvantage.

This will be achieved through the Indigenous Economic Participation National Partnership Agreement. The Public Sector Commission is working in consultation with public sector agencies in leading the development and implementation of this strategy to support the implementation of element 4 of the Agreement which is:

reviewing all public sector Aboriginal employment and career development strategies to increase employment to reflect population share by 2015.

Increasing Aboriginal employment in the Western Australian public sector

COAG has set a national target of at least 2.6 per cent Aboriginal public sector employment across all classifications by 2015. This will increase representative employment to reflect the expected national Aboriginal working age population share. Each jurisdiction must determine its contribution to that target taking into account the proportion of Aboriginal working age population (aged 15–64 years). Western Australia has agreed to a target of 3.2 per cent by 2015, representing the estimated Aboriginal proportion of the total working age population in 2015.

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