Employing Aboriginal peoples

The department values the unique skills, experience and knowledge Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander peoples have to offer, and we encourage you to consider a career with us.

Aboriginal education officer

We recognise the strong link between improved learning outcomes for Aboriginal students and the involvement of Aboriginal staff and community in all of our workplaces.

The department acknowledges the traditional owners and custodians of country throughout NSW and their continuing connection to land, culture and community.

We pay our respects to Elders past, present and future.

The important role of Aboriginal peoples

We are working to ensure Aboriginal peoples play an increasing role in the education and training of young Australians.

Aboriginal students improve their learning outcomes and build their personal strengths when Aboriginal staff and communities are involved in their education.

You can help us increase Year 12 completion rates, expand culturally-inclusive learning programs and promote opportunities for Aboriginal communities to engage with school life.

There is a constant demand for Aboriginal applicants. We will help you at every stage, from finding the right job to start with and then building your skills and capabilities at work.

Employment opportunities

We have a wide range of opportunities for Aboriginal peoples to work in our schools, in TAFE NSW, in our regional and state offices and within our senior executive service.

We have two types of jobs; those for identified Aboriginal peoples, and mainstream positions open to all candidates.

 If a job you are applying for has been advertised as an Aboriginal position you will need to tell us about your Aboriginality. There are three things which are important:

  • being of Aboriginal descent
  • identifying as an Aboriginal person
  • being accepted by the Aboriginal community as an Aboriginal person.

At an interview for an identified position you may also be asked about your Aboriginality. In the department, it is expected that if you identify as an Aboriginal for the purposes of employment you will identify as Aboriginal in the workplace.

In a job identified for Aboriginal peoples you will work in our schools, TAFE colleges or corporate offices to support Aboriginal students and communities. You will see these jobs described as Aboriginal identified positions.

We also encourage applications from Aboriginal candidates for our wide range of mainstream jobs and we believe you have an important role to play in strengthening education and training for all young Australians.

Find out more about Aboriginal identified positions [PDF 151kB].

Aboriginal Human Resources Development Plan

The department's Aboriginal Human Resource Development Plan 2012 – 2017 (PDF 3.72MB) explains how we will increase Aboriginal staff across all levels in our workforce, build the skills of Aboriginal staff, and support all staff to have a stronger understanding of Aboriginal peoples and their cultures.


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