Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce

While the following information and resources are specific to those seeking to attract, develop and retain an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce, we strongly encourage you to review all of the information and resources provided on this website, as much of it relates to students and job seeker cohorts in general.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce Strategic Framework 2016-2026

This framework is Queensland Health’s key response to the whole-of-Queensland government strategy, Moving Ahead – A strategic approach to increasing the participation of Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people in Queensland’s economy 2016-2022. It aims to increase the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce opportunity across the Queensland Government health sector in clinical, non-clinical and leadership roles.

VET retention in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

This report examines five unique vocational education and training (VET) programs in remote areas and identifies how retention and completion can be improved and what other indicators of success are important outcomes of training in remote communities.

VET retention in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

This report examines five unique vocational education and training (VET) programs in remote areas and identifies how retention and completion can be improved and what other indicators of success are important outcomes of training in remote communities.

Enhancing training advantage for remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in very remote parts of Australia are increasingly participating in vocational education and training (VET); however, completion rates remain low and employment outcomes are not improving. This project identifies how retention and completion can be improved and what other indicators of success are important outcomes of training in remote communities.

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce Strategic Framework 2016-2023

This framework provides a guide to assist the planning, prioritisation, target setting monitoring, and reporting of progress in increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce capacity and capability building.

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce Strategic Framework 2016-2023

This framework provides a guide to assist the planning, prioritisation, target setting monitoring, and reporting of progress in increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce capacity and capability building.

 

Case Studies

Outside-in

Connect 'n' Grow & Seed Foundation Australia

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities experience poorer health and subsequently have a shorter life expectancy than non-indigenous populations in Australia.

Inside-up

Catholic Education Northern Territory

High teacher turnover and a lack of continuity makes it difficult for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who often struggle to meet national education standards.

Potential solutions to common challenges

Challenge

Limited capacity to provide support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander job seekers, trainees and interns and employees

Potential Solution 

Work with Community Elders and local community groups with strong connections to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents to gain a better understanding of workforce challenges and culturally-appropriate support mechanisms.

Investigate opportunities to obtain funding from the Australian and Queensland Government to provide support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  There are several programs that not only help employers access Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander job seekers but also provide personalised assistance to help build their skills and enable them to participate in work activities to their maximum capacity.

See:
Catholic Education Northern Territory Growing Our Own Program
Funding for recruitment
Funding for training

Investigate opportunities to link in with CareerTrackers, a non-profit organisation that provides support for Indigenous university students during their studies and links them with private sector employers to participate in paid internships. CareerTrackers can provide employers with advice on approaches to better suit and support Indigenous employees. They also provide interns with pre-employment leadership development training and Post-employment professional assistance, such as executive mentoring and peer encouragement.

See:
CareerTrackers Indigenous Internship Program

Consider conducting cultural competency and awareness training for staff who could become mentors.

Engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

To maximise the chances of success of creating a diverse workforce that is more reflective of the community it serves, it is important to give special consideration to ensuring culturally appropriate and adequate support is provided. This could include language and literacy training, resume assistance, mentoring and career coaching. The following are examples of strategic initiatives designed to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander interns and trainees that could potentially be tapped into or tailored to grow a sustainable local workforce.

Career pathway resources

 Australian Medical Association (AMA)

Career information that includes the lifecycle of a medical doctor, pathways to medical school and alternative pathways to medical school for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Also includes guides covering topics such as speciality training pathways, working in rural and remote medical practices and rural recruitment and retention strategies. For more information visit https://ama.com.au/careers/

 Deadly pathways

Information on potential career and training options for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, as well as links to Indigenous support networks. For more information visit https://studentconnect.qcaa.qld.edu.au/pathways.html

Health Heroes

Information and video clips highlighting the wide range of job opportunities available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people in the health sector. For more information visit http://healthheroes.health.gov.au/internet/heroes/publishing.nsf/Content/Home

National Rural Health Student Network (NRHSN)

Health Career Flyers developed for Rural Health Clubs to distribute to primary and secondary students as well as rural and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, services and schools. For more information visit www.nrhsn.org.au/resources/career-flyers/

Queensland Health

Career advice and guidance for Queensland Health nurses and midwives. Includes information about career paths, graduate recruitment programs, Indigenous health career resources, training opportunities, salaries and benefits, processes and procedures to register to work for Queensland Health and a link to register for rural and regional jobs. For more information visit www.health.qld.gov.au/ocnmo/career-pathways

Recruitment resources

Guide to hiring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Staff

Information from the Fair Work Ombudsman for employers hiring or working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees. Includes a link to the Fair Work Ombudsman’s factsheet about supporting workers during Sorry Business and their ‘Hiring employees’ online learning course, which has interactive activities, templates and checklists to guide employers through the process. For more information visit https://www.fairwork.gov.au/find-help-for/aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-people

 Guide to building your business through mentoring - an Indigenous employee retention strategy

While this document was developed for Queensland’s tourism and hospitality sectors it provides information that could be beneficial to health services. It is designed to assist employers to understand the value of mentoring, mentor and mentee responsibilities and how to build mentoring capacity. For more information visit https://qticazure.blob.core.windows.net/crmblobcontainer/A%20Guide%20to%20Building%20Your%20Business%20Through%20Mentoring%20-%20An%20Indigenous%20Employee%20Retention%20Strategy.pdf

Education and training resources

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander training opportunities

A Queensland Government factsheet on the range of programs available to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to get the skills they need to successfully participate in the workforce. For more information visit https://desbt.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/8192/indigenous-opportunities-fact-sheet.pdf

Funding and support for recruitment

Funding for training

Other funding