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Indigenous data

Representation of ongoing Indigenous employees, 2002 – 2016

Year Representation
2002 2.7%
2003 2.7%
2004 2.6%
2005 2.5%
2006 2.4%
2007 2.4%
2008 2.4%
2009 2.4%
2010 2.5%
2011 2.4%
2012 2.3%
2013 2.4%
2014 2.6%
2015 2.7%
2016 2.9%

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Ongoing Indigenous employees by location, 2016

State Per cent Total
Australian Capital Territory 1.9% 1047
New South Wales 3.0% 756
Victoria 1.2% 270
Queensland 6.3% 947
South Australia 2.0% 170
Western Australia 3.7% 227
Tasmania 3.4% 113
Northern Territory 23.4% 422

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Ongoing Indigenous and non-Indigenous representation by classification, 2016

Classification Indigenous Non-Indigenous
Trainee 6.6% 0.1%
Graduate 1.1% 0.7%
APS 1 2.0% 0.3%
APS 2 6.8% 1.4%
APS 3 20.7% 9.9%
APS 4 26.9% 21%
APS 5 13.2% 14.1%
APS 6 12.3% 23%
EL 1 7.5% 18.9%
EL 2 2.4% 8.5%
SES 1 0.5% 1.6%
SES 2 0.1% 0.4%
SES 3 0.0% 0.1%

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Employee engagement by Indigenous status, 2016

  Indigenous Non-Indigenous
Job engagement 6.8 6.8
Team engagement 6.6 6.6
Supervisor engagement 7.4 7.3
Agency engagement 6.0 5.8

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Implementation of the Commonwealth Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy, 2016

  Implementation
Yes-Whole/part agency 49.5%
Being developed 37.6%
No 12.9%

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Does your agency offer Indigenous cultural awareness training to employees, 2016

  Mandatory Voluntary Being developed No
Yes – for all employees 15.1% 44.1% 22.6% 18.3%
Yes – for employees new to the agency 19.4% 36.6 % 19.4% 24.7%
Yes – for managers 15.1% 37.6% 22.6% 24.7%
Yes – other 8.6% 11.8% 3.2% 76.3%

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In 2015-16, did your agency use any of the following measures to recruit and/or retain Indigenous employees, 2016

  Yes-Whole Agency Yes-Part Agency Being Developed No Not Applicable (no Indigenous employees)
Special measures employment 24.7% 12.9% 7.5% 40.9% 14.0%
Identified positions 17.2% 15.1% 6.5% 46.2% 15.1%
Advertising employment opportunities in Indigenous media (e.g. print, radio) 24.7% 18.3% 7.5% 38.7% 10.8%
Participating in the Australian Public Service Commission’s Pathways whole of government Indigenous recruitment initiatives for entry level, cadet and graduate recruits 41.9% 5.4% 1.1% 38.7% 12.9%
Operating an internal agency-based Indigenous employee network 34.4% 4.3% 5.4% 30.1% 25.8%
Providing culturally specific training programmes for Indigenous employees 15.1% 5.4% 9.7% 44.1% 25.8%
Providing targeted leadership development opportunities 16.1% 4.3% 11.8% 43.0% 24.7%
Providing mentoring and/or coaching to Indigenous employees 29.0% 16.1% 7.5% 21.5% 25.8%
Providing mobility and/or secondment opportunities into mainstream positions 21.5% 10.8% 8.6% 35.5% 23.7%
Encouraging staff to participate in cultural events (e.g. Reconciliation Week, National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee [NAIDOC] Week etc.) 75.3% 4.3% 2.2% 6.5% 11.8%
Other recruitment and/or retention strategies 26.9% 3.2% 19.4% 36.6% 14.0%
Other 11.8% 1.1% 4.3% 52.7% 30.1%

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