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Indigenous Australian Public Servants have their say

Steve Sedgwick
Public Service Commissioner

Media release

The Australian Public Service Commissioner, Mr Stephen Sedgwick, launched the report of the second census of Indigenous Australian Public Service employees in Canberra on Wednesday. 

Mr Sedgwick told the audience of representatives from a wide range of Commonwealth agencies that the census findings offered valuable insights into Indigenous employees’ experience in the APS.  He said: “Indigenous APS employees make significant contributions to Australian life through their commitment to service delivery, program management, and policy development, and they are valued employees of any organisation.” 

“The census results show that the APS is performing well in a number of areas, and it’s important for us to look at what we do well and build on that,” the Commissioner said.  “For example, here at the Commission, we’re very proud of our achievements in partnering agencies to employ Indigenous Australians as graduates, cadets and trainees through our Pathways programs.”

The census report suggests that to improve outcomes for Indigenous APS employees, agencies could focus on strengthening their current strategies for recruitment and retention, and provide more opportunities for diverse job roles, as well as for career development and advancement.

Mr Sedgwick reminded his audience that Indigenous APS employees currently made up 2.1 per cent of the whole APS workforce, and that the Commonwealth had committed to raising the level to 2.7 per cent by 2015.

The Commissioner said: “The findings from this census will inform and help shape future initiatives under the APS Employment and Capability Strategy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employees.  Elements of the recently announced report Ahead of the Game: Blueprint for the reform of Australian Government Administration will also support the APS in the work ahead to increase representation of Indigenous employees across the APS.”

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