Indigenous employment

Last updated: 19 Apr 2017

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Commonwealth Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy

The Australian Public Service Commission (the Commission) is responsible for the Commonwealth Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy, which aims to build Indigenous employment within the Commonwealth public sector. The Strategy supports the Government's target of three per cent Indigenous employment in the sector by 2018.

The Strategy focuses on four key action areas:

  • Expand the range of Indigenous employment opportunities.
  • Invest in developing the capability of Indigenous employees.
  • Increase the representation of Indigenous employees in senior roles.
  • Improve the awareness of Indigenous culture in the workplace.

The Commission has developed an Implementation Guide to support the Strategy. The Implementation Guide is a directory of resources, programs and other measures available across the Commonwealth public sector. It provides opportunities for agencies to access or adapt existing initiatives to increase their Indigenous representation. This is a dynamic guide that will be updated regularly. Agencies are strongly encouraged to contribute initiatives to the guide. Please send information or enquiries to

As part of the Strategy, and located within the Implementation Guide, the Commission has developed the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Capability Framework which provides a basis for building the cultural capability of the Commonwealth public sector.

To monitor progress against the target, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representation is reported publicly by agency on the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet's website and in agencies' annual reports.

More information about current initiatives in the Commonwealth public sector is available on the Commonwealth Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy Govdex site. To subscribe, please email

Indigenous employment portal

The Commission has developed an Indigenous employment portal, which provides information about jobs available in the APS specifically for Indigenous Australians. It also provides a range of information and advice about applying for jobs.

Check it out at

Further information

The Indigenous Capability Team within the Commission has a multi-faceted role to support and engage with APS agencies, support Indigenous employees and promote the APS as an employer to the Indigenous community more broadly. We have extensive experience in human resources, with a focus on increasing and retaining Indigenous representation in the Commonwealth.  We provide tailored solutions and take a partnership approach to improve Indigenous employment outcomes. is managed by the Australian Public Service Commission's Indigenous Capability Team. If you would like to speak to a member of our team we can be contacted on:

Freecall Hotline: 1300 656 009

We would also encourage you to stay informed and join us on social media:
Facebook: APSIndigenousCareers
Linkedin: IndigenousCareers