PS improving on Indigenous targets

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PS improving on Indigenous targets

The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet(PM&C) has released its annual summary of the employment of Indigenous Australians across the Australian Public Service (APS). The 2016 summary, Indigenous Australians in the Public Sector Workforce, reveals that progress is being made towards achieving the APS-wide target of three per cent by 2018.

This year, for the first time, the data includes 2018 Agency targets. The targets for each Agency are based on current Indigenous representation and the Agency’s regional footprints. The PM&C report includes a table setting out how Agencies are performing against their targets.

In 2015-16 the number and proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees in the Commonwealth public sector increased from 6,879 employees (2.2 per cent) at 30 June 2015 to 8,154 employees (2.4 per cent) at 30 June 2016.

PM&C reports progress

PM&C said that while this progress was encouraging, growth in Indigenous employment must be sustained in order to meet the three per cent target by 2018.It said the Australian Public Service Commission was helping Agencies recruit, retain and develop the capability of Indigenous Australians.

“The Commission has developed a range of publications and initiatives to improve Indigenous employment in the Commonwealth and manages the dedicated Commonwealth employment portal,” it said.

“This has resulted in the Commonwealth Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy (which) seeks to build Indigenous employment within the Commonwealth public sector, and sets out actions Agencies can take to help them meet the target.” 

The PM&C annual summary can be accessed at the Department’s website.

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