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Commonwealth Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy 2015-2018


The Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) has policy responsibility for the Commonwealth Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy. The strategy was launched in 2015 and expired at the end of 2018.

The strategy formed part of the Australian Government’s initial response to Andrew Forrest’s Review of Indigenous Training and Employment Programmes report, The Forrest Review: Creating Parity. It represented the Commonwealth’s contribution to the Closing the Gap employment target, and applied to APS and non-APS agencies, including the Australian Federal Police, Australia Post and the Australian Defence Force.

The strategy focused 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.

Targets were set for each agency as their contribution towards the Commonwealth overall 3 per cent target, with progress reported annually since 2015 on the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website.

An evaluation of the strategy was undertaken, at the end of 2018. The findings of the evaluation were presented in An Evaluation of the Commonwealth Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy Final Report.

The APSC encourages agencies to continue to use the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Capability Framework to help build cultural capability across the Commonwealth public sector.

For further information on the strategy or the evaluation please contact the APSC’s Diversity and Inclusion Policy Team at diversity [at] apsc.gov.au.

If you have trouble accessing the report, please email diversity [at] apsc.gov.au.

Last reviewed: 
3 October 2019