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Aboriginal Employment and Development Program – information session

>>Charlene Davison: Good afternoon. Thank you for joining
us for our Aboriginal Employment and Development
Program information session today. My name if Charlene
Davison of the New South Wales Public
Service Commission, and I’m a proud Biripi
person from Taree. I acknowledge we are
presenting on the traditional lands of the
Gadigal people of the Eora nation. I would like to pay my
respects to Elders past and present and would like
to extend my respects to Aboriginal people joining
our presentation from country across
New South Wales. To officially start the
information session, I welcome Uncle Allen
Madden from Metropolitan Aboriginal Lands Council
to deliver a welcome to country.>>Allen Madden: G’day. My name is Allen
Madden, Gadigal Elder. First and foremost, I’d
like to acknowledge all our Aboriginal brothers
and sisters from whatever Aboriginal nation you
may be in or come from. Welcome to Gadigal. And to all our Aboriginal
Elders past and present, I’d like to pay
my respects. Where we are
today is Gadigal. Gadigal is one of 29
clans of the Eora nation. The Eora nation is
bounded by nature’s own, the Hawkesbury
River to the north. The mobs up that way
call it the Darkinjung, Napean to the west, the
Deerubbun and George’s River to the
south, Kayimai. And in between those three
mighty rivers is the Eora nation and in
that nation, there are 29 clans. And the clans’ land we’re
on today is Gadigal. On behalf of members of
the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council
and of the Gadigal mob, once again, a very warm
and sincere welcome to you to Gadigal. And as I’ve mentioned
many times before, was, is and always will
be Aboriginal land. And as you travel across
these traditional lands and waters, may the
spirits of our ancestors guide and look over
you and keep you safe. So once again on behalf
of members of the Metropolitan Local
Aboriginal Land Council and of the Gadigal mob,
welcome, welcome, welcome. Thank you.>>Charlene Davison: Thank
you Uncle Allen for your warm but strong
welcome to country. So today you’ll hear from
my colleagues at the New South Wales Public
Service Commission. First up you’ll hear
from Cathy Baker, Director of
Leadership and Values, who will provide an
overview of the New South Wales Public Sector. Then you’ll hear
from Donna Burke, who will provide an
overview of the Aboriginal Employment and
Development Program. We’re also pleased that
you’ll be hearing from our education partners
Daniel and Emma, of the Aboriginal Learning
Circle from Hunter TAFE, and also John from
the Hunter TAFE. If you’re
watching us live, we would like this session
to be as interactive as possible, so we ask that
if you have questions, please click the ‘ask a
question’ button on the bottom right
of your screen. I would now like to
introduce Cathy Baker.>>Cathy Baker: Thanks
Charlene. Hi everyone. My name is Cathy Baker. I’m the Director for
Leadership and Values at the Public Service
Commission. Also, I would like to
thank Uncle Allen for his very warm welcome to
country and acknowledge that we’re presenting on
the traditional lands of the Gadigal people
of the Eora nation. And I’d also like to pay
my respects to Elders past and present and to extend
my respects to Aboriginal people joining our
presentation from all across New South Wales. So as a sector, we employ
just over 10% of the State’s workforce. And you can see from the
slide that’s being shown on the screen whereabouts
across the sector our workforce work. Now we’re very proud to
say that just about any job that you can imagine
someone doing is done by someone somewhere
in the sector. So we offer a huge range
of career opportunities and career pathways
for our employees. The largest employer
is of course health, followed by education,
justice, industry, transport, family and
community services, and then a number of
smaller central agencies as well. So we’re able to offer
employment opportunities for everyone, we believe. Of course, one of the key
things that we’re focused on and concerned about is
our role as the largest employer in the country
and in New South Wales. So we employ just over 10%
of the State’s workforce, which is around
326,000-odd people. And of course, this means
that we’re very well aware of the social impacts that
we can have as a very significant and large
employer and that we have an employment obligation
to be equitable around how we employ people. Not only that; we’re funded by the people
of New South Wales and our role is to serve the
people of New South Wales. So we have an obligation
to spend our money wisely and ensure that we have
diverse workforces and teams. Now we have succeeded
somewhat in achieving this, and in some respects
we do have a very diverse workforce. So 63.3% for example,
of our workforce are women. 33% of our senior
leaders are women. So in terms of the gender
of people we employ, we are performing quite
well relative to other employers, but we do have
a lot of work to do around racial and ethnic
diversity as well as Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander employment and people with
disabilities. So while we are proud that
we are gaining traction and working hard towards
developing a more inclusive workplace, we’re
also very focused on continuing the journey and
continuing to drive the representation of diverse
work groups across the sector. So it’s interesting
also when you look at where our people
work because we have a very strong presence in
regional areas as an employer also. So if you have a look at
the next slide you’ll see that we employ a huge
number of people in western regions of
New South Wales. 36,500 across the Hunter
region, the North Coast, Southern New South Wales
and of course across the outer Sydney areas as well
we are a very significant employer. So we also recognise that
there are a large number of Aboriginal people based
in the outer areas of Sydney and also the wider
regions in New South Wales. And as a result of that,
the program that we’re going to talk to you about
today features a number of opportunities that are
outside of Sydney and based in regional areas. So the next slide I’d like
to just quickly share with you is focusing on the
Premier’s priority around driving public
sector diversity. So I think one of the key
aspects of this is that there is considerable
support for this program and for the work that the
public service commission is doing. The Premier is very
focused on developing Aboriginal people
in our sector, and this is a key program
that supports his objective which is to
drive public sector diversity and very
specifically to double the number of Aboriginal people in leadership roles by 2025. So the New South Wales
public sector also has an Aboriginal
employment strategy, which commits us to
establishing an additional entry point for Aboriginal
recruits and this program delivers on that. So one of the important
aspects of our program is that we are looking for
talented Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
people who don’t currently work in the public sector. This is a very targeted
program to be introducing more Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander people into the sector
and we are very, very excited about being
able to launch this. In May, 2016, the New
South Wales Ombudsman also produced a special report
to Parliament called Fostering Economic
Development for Aboriginal people in New South Wales. And in this report it was
acknowledged that this program – the Aboriginal
Employment Development Program – will be an
important contributor to this work also. So it’s very exciting for
us at the Public Service Commission to know that we
have considerable support across our senior leaders
for continuing this work and for offering
employment opportunities for Aboriginal people. So I might hand over now
to Donna Burke to take you through the program in a
little bit more detail.>>Donna Burke:
Thanks Cathy. So my name is Donna Burke. I work for the New South
Wales Public Service Commission and I’m project
managing the Aboriginal Employment
Development Program. I’d like to also
acknowledge that we’re presenting on the
traditional lands of the Gadigal people of
the Eora nation, and I’d like to pay my
respects to Elders past and present and extend my
respects to all Aboriginal people joining our
presentation from across country New South
Wales today. So a diverse workforce
has many benefits for our agencies and most
importantly for our customers. We want more Aboriginal
people across the sector, not just in Aboriginal
identified roles but also in mainstream roles such
as those that are offered by this program. And as Cathy’s mentioned,
to be eligible for consideration
of this program, you need to identify as
an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person. You must not be currently
employed in a New South Wales public sector in an
ongoing or temporary or contractor
capacity as well. So this is a new entry
program for our talented Aboriginal people working
in the private sector or looking for an experience
working with us in the public sector. So if you’re the person
that is wanting to start a career in the New South
Wales public sector, you want the variety and
opportunity in your career like Cathy outlined around
the agencies we have available to work with. If you’re keen to be
involved in the work of government and you have a
passion around your own professional learning and
development and making a contribution to the
work of New South Wales Government, then I
encourage you to apply. I’ll have John and Daniel
and Emma to talk to you about the Diploma of
Leadership and Management shortly, but we’re looking
at a very well-rounded program. The program is an
18 month placement, 18 month work experience
with an agency. After the completion of
your Diploma qualification and subject to
satisfactory performance on the job, we’re
converting the candidates from a temporary
appointment to an ongoing appointment. So basically,
you’ll come in. You’ll have your 18
months’ experience working with the agency. You’ll do your Diploma and
at the end of it you end up with a full-time job if
you graduate and perform on the job. We’ll also provide you
with lots of support to get you to that
finish line. We have some mentoring and
networking which I’ll talk about shortly, and then
the major component is the Our Education component. Our education business
partners will be delivering for you. So the application process or the assessment
process to have you come in and join
the program is a 5-step process which
has started now. So it’s important that
when you apply for a place in the Aboriginal
Employment development Program that you go online
to our website which is on the screen now. We need you to apply
through that process, not through a third
party job board. After we’ve received your
applications we’ll go through and have a look
for people that are eligible to progress to
the next stage and that will involve a member of
the Aboriginal Workforce Development team at the
Public Service Commission picking up their phone and
having a conversation with you about your experiences
and your ambitions and your expectations
around working with us. After that, we’ll then
put forward a number of candidates to an
online assessment. Now, it’s important for
you to have a conversation with us if you require any
support on your online assessments. We’re very happy to make
reasonable adjustments to support you with
online testing, so please don’t hesitate
to have a conversation with us around that. The online assessment is
broken up into two main pieces. One’s a cognitive
assessment and an online personality questionnaire. They would be about 15
minutes for the cognitive assessment and about 25
minutes for the online personality questionnaire. We’ll then have a look
at those results and recommend a number of
candidates to go through to our assessment day and
we’ll talk to you closer to the time. We’ll have an assessment
day in Orange and an assessment day in
Sydney as well, and that assessment day
will be you participating in a group activity
as well as having an interview with a member
of our assessment team as well. Following that – which
will be in early December – we’ll then do some
reference checks and pre-employment screenings
and prepare to make offers to our recommended
candidates. I’ll just let you know
the timing of those. The applications
opened last Monday, the 31st and they’ll
close at 11:59pm on 20th November. So that’s Sunday week. We’ll do our assessment activities between 20th
November until early January which is when
we’ll write to you with letters of offer. Your employment will start
with us in the first weeks of February and we expect
that you will start your Diploma studies with
Aboriginal Learning Circle and TAFE no later
than July, 2017. I’ll just let you listen
to Jaryn’s message. She’s the current employee
of New South Wales public sector. [ music playing ]
[ presentation ]>>Jaryn: When I go to work each day, it’s much
more than a job. I’m working to improve
outcomes for indigenous people and give them the
chance of a better future. Around 20 years ago, it
was recognised that the lack of an Aboriginal
presence in law enforcement was
contributing to cross-cultural
issues and division. They realised a change was
needed for engaging with Aboriginal communities and
creating a workforce that encouraged and
valued diversity. That’s how
IPROWD was born. Indigenous Police
Recruiting Our Way Delivery. A joint initiative between
New South Wales Police, Aboriginal Housing and
TAFE that provides Aboriginal people with
intensive academic fitness and leadership training to
fast track their way into the New South
Wales Police force. IPROWD not only helps
them to improve their own lives, they become role models
in their communities and learn more about
their culture. We work for indigenous
youth in communities. We work for New
South Wales.>>Donna Burke: For this
pilot program we have five participating agencies
offering seven roles. These roles are available
in the Sydney Metropolitan area and four roles are
located regionally. Family and Community
Services at Ashfield have a project support
officer role. Family and Community
services at Cootamundra and Parkes have senior
customer service officer roles available. Treasury has an
administration assistant role available in
the Sydney CBD. New South Wales Police
have an administration assistant role available
in the office of the New South Wales Police
Commissioner in the Sydney CBD. Bathurst has a role for a
project manager for Public Works Advisory. And New South Wales Health
at their Central Coast local health district has
a project support officer role available at Gosford. I invite you to have a
look at our web page at
and the role descriptions for those roles are
available for you online there to have a look at. So one of the important
parts of our program is supporting you as a new
public servant and it will be one of the critical
components to the program’s success. When you start your career
with the public service under the Aboriginal
employment and development program you’ll have
exposure to a number of support systems. The Public Service
Commission will stay in touch with you for the
duration of the 18-month program to provide ongoing
support and guidance to you. Our education partners,
TAFE and Aboriginal Learning Circle, will also
be a support network as part of your
program of study. You’ll have the
opportunity to network and connect with others in the
program and create a sense of shared experience. This will start at day
one when you meet at and attend a central
orientation day. You’ll also meet your
supervisor as part of your central orientation
program and they and your office colleagues will
also be a source of ongoing support and advice
to you as you start your career in the New South
Wales public sector. You’ll have an opportunity
for mentoring by senior Aboriginal staff
in this sector. For example, a member
of the Public Service Commission’s Aboriginal
Employment Advisory Committee or by alumni of
our Aboriginal Career and Leadership
Development Program. You’ll also be able to
broaden your networks with other Aboriginal staff
throughout the sector through attending
Aboriginal staff networking events
delivered by your employing agency or part
of the New South Wales Public Service
Commission’s cross sector Aboriginal Staff
Networking Program. I’d like to hand you over
to our education partners to discuss the education
component of our program.>>Daniel Jack: G’day. My name is Daniel Jack. I’m the relieving Director
of the Aboriginal Learning Circle, Hunter TAFE. I’m also a Goomeri man
from north western New South Wales. I’d also like to pay my
respects to the Gadigal people of the Eora nation
and extend that respect to Elders both past and
present and each of you mob out there. So the Aboriginal Learning
Circle is a support unit within Hunter TAFE. So we’re there to
basically walk alongside our Aboriginal students
and make sure that they’ve got the support they need
to get where they want to be at the end of the day. So we’ll very much be
there walking alongside you in your journey
within this course. So yeah, we’re very
passionate about helping to empower our people. So we’ll take care of
the training component of this course, so I’ll
hand over shortly to my colleagues to explain a
little bit more about that. But yeah, we look forward
to walking alongside you in your deadly dream to
becoming a public servant. So we’re just going to go
and show you a short video now and then we’re going
to hand over to John who can explain a little bit
more about the course and Amber. [ presentation ] My dad once asked me if I want a fruit would I wait
under the tree for the fruit to fall or would I
climb the tree and go get it. My deadly dream
is to be an actor. My deadly dream
is to be a nurse. A policeman. Primary school teacher. PT teacher. Graphic designer. Practitioner in medicine. Director of a
Childcare Centre. I’ll claim my future.>>Daniel Jack: I’ll hand over to John who
can explain a little bit about the course that
we’re going to be running as a part of the program.>>John: All participants
will participate in the Diploma of Leadership and
Management and you can see up on the screen there
that the course consists of core units, elective
units and specialty units. There’s four core units,
compulsory units within the qualification that
everyone will undertake. We’ll show you in a
minute’s time the four elective units we’re
offering to the full group. And then at the conclusion
of those 8 units, you will stream off into
the specialty units that will align with
your job role. So the beauty of this
qualification is whilst it will give you the
underpinning skills to be an effective manager, it’s
also going to support your development by giving you
critical skills required in your specialty area. So the core units there,
and what’s really exciting is units such as
emotional intelligence. Absolutely terrific for
anyone that will have to manage people. You see on the left
hand side the core or compulsory units. On the right hand side
the selected units that everyone will undertake as
their elective units and then the final four units
will be determined by whether you’re going to
undertake a business administration specialty
or a customer service specialty, project
management specialty or become a generic manager. And so the units you will
select as those final four will align to your
particular roles. A great qualification and
Emma will talk to you about how we will offer
this up and the processes involved.>>Emma: Thanks John. Hi everyone out there. My name is Emma. I’m the Project Officer at
the Aboriginal Learning Circle at Hunter TAFE. I’m a very proud Warami
woman and just want to pay my respects to the Gadigal
people of the Eora nation and thank you all for
coming along to listen. Away From Base Program is actually owned by Prime
Minister’s Cabinet which the Aboriginal Learning
Circle have a contract to run at Hunter Institute. It aims to provide an
opportunity for those who live quite regional to
access tertiary level education. And in this particular
field the VET sector. So your certificates
and your diploma level courses. The Aboriginal Learning
Circle staff at the Hunter Institute, we all get very
much on board with Away From Base. It is quite a
successful program. We have around ten staff that all support
Away From Base and its logistics and operations. So Away From Base is
essentially a block release or a
residential program. We receive funding that
will cover your costs of your fares, your meals and
accommodation while you’re on block release for
eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander students. And it’s called a
mixed mode course, so you essentially enrol
into a course where you have face-to-face delivery
and it’s mixed up with remote study at home. You might have online web
classes or web seminars and things like that. So it is a blended kind
of learning which is very favourable to people,
like I said before, who live remotely and
can’t access TAFE campuses every day, who work
fulltime or work part-time and again can’t access
TAFE or university as a full-time student or a
part-time student would. And also for people who
have quite a lot of kids at home or very much have
a demanding home life where these blocks, there
are set dates and you’re able to schedule them into
your life and vice versa. So we actually are running
a Diploma of Community Services at the moment,
where everyone in that course works part-time
or full-time with NGO’s. Mostly with FACS
and it’s been the first opportunity these students
have had to have or should have been able to access
where they’re able to complete a diploma level
course and work at the same time. So as far as you being an eligible student to be
able to access Away From Base blended or
residential – block release learning, you
have to identify as an Aboriginal or Torres
Strait Islander person. Of course, be enrolled in
and starting an approved mixed mode course with a
provider in receipt of mixed mode Away From Base
funding for that course. So Hunter Institute
in particular, the Aboriginal Learning
Circle is a provider who is approved to deliver
mixed mode delivery courses and receive
Away From Base funding. And as a student who would
be enrolling into Away From Base course, you are
automatically enrolling into a mixed mode
delivery course. The other thing that makes
you an eligible student for Away From Base study
is that you have to receive one or more
Abstudy benefits payable from Department of Human
Services during the funding year in which the
study is being undertaken in the respect of
mixed mode delivery. I just would like to
clarify I do not work for the Department of
Human Services, however our students that
work full-time or part- time or have their means
exclude them from the fortnightly
Abstudy benefit, there is an incidentals
allowance through Abstudy. It’s a one-off non-means
tested allowance which most students
are eligible for. Once you enrol into
the course you will be encouraged to apply for
the incidentals allowance as it does make you an
eligible student and we are able to access
the funding for you. And basically you will
receive a one-off payment from DHS. So at this stage
[ inaudible] we are proposing that we will have 3 residential
blocks of around four days. And that will be
determined again by capacity and availability
of teachers and resources. The residential blocks
will be broken up to cover your core units and
your elective units. So you won’t just receive
all your core stuff face to face and all your
elective stuff at home or vice versa. It will be blended. We are proposing to have
these in the Hunter region, so at
Kurri Kurri Campus, and you’ll be housed at
the Hunter Valley Hotel Academy subject
to availability. We also are planning
to run this course concurrently with another
program of Diploma of Leadership and Management
Away From Base, which will actually
give you an incredible opportunity to talk with
other students who have already partly completed
the course but come from different backgrounds and
different NGO’s and swap stories and
things like that. So some benefits for you
is that this will be a discreet cohort so for
students who identify as Aboriginal or Torres
Strait Islander. There is a low teacher-to-
student ratio so there is effectively more classroom
support for you. You will be able to access
tutorial support through the Aboriginal
Learning Circle. So whether or not you
prefer to have tutorial support at all or not is
your decision however we can provide tutorial
support for you one-on-one or in a group if you
prefer during your block, or we can arrange for you
to have tutorial support at your closest TAFE
Institute where you live or work. Again, your meals,
accommodation and travel are provided and there are
a few conditions that we do need to stick to
as specified by the guidelines set by Prime
Minister’s Cabinet. You will have access to
a culturally inclusive learning environment.
At Kurri Kurri Campus we have an outdoor
learning space, which is quite often used
by our students and staff. You’ll have ongoing
teacher support during the course. Quite often a lot of our
Away From Base teachers will schedule out a couple
of hours a week for virtual or telephone
support and of course, there is the flexibility
that comes along with Away From Base. So if you need extra time
to submit assignments or things like that or you
can’t make every single block, there is a lot
of flexibility around studying in
the VET sector.>>Charlene Davison:
Thank you Emma for taking us through that that information. There’s a lot of great
details there that I think people need to know. we’ve actually had a couple
of questions from our listeners. What is the salary range
for the roles is one of them. Donna, if you’re
able to respond.>>Donna Burke:
Thanks, Charlene. So the role is pitched
at the Grade 3-4 or equivalent level. So the salary range for
that starts at $67,248 plus employer’s contributions, the superannuation
and annual leave. The maximum salary for
that level is $73,635 and that attracts an
increment each year up to a four-year period. Some of the roles are
outside of the Crown Employees Award, but the
salary is approximately that figure.>>Charlene Davison: Great. Okay, so another question
that we have is what is the website that I
need to apply through?>>Donna Burke: Okay, so
we’ll have a slide which we’ll leave on screen
shortly after this question and
answer session. The site is and we invite you to apply
through that website by the 20th of November.>>Charlene Davison: Okay. And I have one
final question. If you have any
further questions, please jump online and
send those through to us. Is this a full-time
permanent role?>>Donna Burke: It
is a full-time role. Initially you’re appointed
in a temporary capacity subject to your ongoing
performance on the job and your completion of the
tertiary qualification with Aboriginal Learning
Circle and TAFE. You will be converted from
a temporary role into an ongoing role, so yes, it
is a full-time permanent role at the end
of the process. Thank you everybody
for joining us today. If we could just have the
next slide, thank you. So our contact information
is on the screen for you. We’ll leave that up
for a little while. Please don’t hesitate to
send your questions to us at our [email protected]
email address or alternatively you can
contact me directly on 6339 5924. That information is also
on our AEDP website. So thanks for
joining us today. I’d like to thank my panel
members for their support and I look forward
to hearing from you.
Thank you.

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