Aboriginal employment

DPC is committed to delivering employment opportunities and outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

We’re focused on building culturally safe workplaces and developing future leaders by offering opportunities from entry level positions right through to senior leadership roles.

Benefits of working with us

We are committed to giving our people flexibility on an ‘if not, why not’ basis. 

We offer a range of benefits that will empower you to work at your best, including:

  • flexible working arrangements
  • leave conditions, including special leave for identified staff to participate in NAIDOC celebrations
  • access to a range of learning and development opportunities including people management and leadership programs
  • tailored support services (including counselling) for all staff identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • opportunities for candidates living on Country to be considered for specific regional roles
  • opportunities for mobility to build professional capability

Entry-level opportunities

DPC offers entry-level programs and pathway opportunities to help people start a career with the department. This includes programs such as CareerTrackers, which offers 12-week internships to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university students, and the NSW Government Graduate Program, which involves placements in different roles across NSW Government over 18-months.

Watch a CareerTrackers intern speak about his time at DPC.

Networking opportunities

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees are strongly encouraged to be involved in available networks and groups.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Staff Advisory Committee

This Committee works closely with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Staff Advisory Group members and provides advice to the DPC Senior Executive Board on Aboriginal related workforce initiatives and programs. The Committee also works across broader initiatives and matters at DPC.

The Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group

This Working Group comprises employees from across the department, who have come together to lead the development of a Reconciliation Action Plan. The work is guided by Reconciliation Australia, the peak national organisation building and promoting reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians for the well-being of the nation.

Aboriginal identified and targeted roles

At DPC we actively encourage Aboriginal people to apply for all roles. We also support employment opportunities through the use of Identified and Targeted roles. 

Identified roles

Aboriginal identified roles work directly with Aboriginal people and are involved in the development or delivery of services and programs that have an impact on Aboriginal people or involve dealing with Aboriginal communities.

Unlike targeted roles, only Aboriginal people are eligible to apply for identified roles as Aboriginality is considered an essential requirement of the role.

Targeted roles

Aboriginal targeted roles do not necessarily have a direct role working with Aboriginal people nor work specifically on Aboriginal issues. However, roles are sometimes targeted to improve employment outcomes for Aboriginal people, in line with Departmental objectives.