Barring Djinang is the 5 year Aboriginal Employment Strategy for the Victorian public sector.

It includes 16 initiatives designed to enhance attraction, recruitment and retention of Aboriginal staff.

Barring Djinang initiatives help public sector agencies support and improve career experiences for Aboriginal employees, placing a strong focus on career development.

VPSC’s Aboriginal Employment Unit drives the roll out of initiatives across the public sector and partners with Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations to remain responsive.

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  • In Design
    1/16
  • Build stage
    1/16
  • Implemented
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Improve attraction and recruitment

More pathways and improved recruitment processes for Aboriginal jobseekers.

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Create progressive career experiences

Build skills and support Aboriginal employees to take on leadership roles and progress their careers.

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Create culturally safe workplaces

Work with public sector organisations to ensure their workplaces are culturally safe and supportive.

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Enhance support for Aboriginal staff

Strengthen opportunities for Aboriginal employees to engage in networks for personal and professional support and development.

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Provide central oversight and strong governance

Set up central oversight and governance arrangements and track progress against the Strategy.

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An initiative designed to help Victorian public sector organisations build Aboriginal cultural capability in the workplace.

An entry-level program for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander VET/TAFE graduates to start careers in the Victorian public sector. 

A project to improve engagement and experiences of Aboriginal jobseekers.

A program for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander university students to get paid work experience in the Victorian public sector.

An entry-level pathway for Aboriginal university graduates into the public service.

Guidance and support for Aboriginal staff and their managers on career planning.

A program to build skills and support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander employees to take on leadership roles.

A program of guidance to organisations on the use of designated roles to increase mobility and job satisfaction.

The Barring Djinang Career Development program gives participants career support and development opportunities over 8 months.

An online repository to provide information, tools and resources including our Cultural Capability Toolkit.

Support for public sector organisations to ensure their workplaces are culturally safe and supportive.  

Opportunities for Aboriginal employees to engage in networks for personal and professional support and development.

A program of work to ensure EAP needs of Aboriginal staff are being met and to provide culturally appropriate support.

Alignment of employment policies and advice with Barring Djinang strategy and principles.

Governance bodies to advise on implementation, and reporting that tracks and measures progress against initiatives.

A framework to guide communications about the strategy and its initiatives.

Implemented - updated 26/10/2020

An initiative designed to help Victorian public sector organisations build Aboriginal cultural capability in the workplace.

Focus on Cultural Safety

Implemented - updated 10/11/2020

An entry-level program for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander VET/TAFE graduates to start careers in the Victorian public sector. 

Focus on Recruitment

Plan stage - updated 09/12/2019

Guidance and support for Aboriginal staff and their managers on career planning.

Focus on Career Experience

Implemented - updated 10/12/2019

Alignment of employment policies and advice with Barring Djinang strategy and principles.

Focus on Governance

Implemented - updated 19/12/2019

A program of work to ensure EAP needs of Aboriginal staff are being met and to provide culturally appropriate support.

Focus on Support

Build stage - updated 09/12/2019

A program of guidance to organisations on the use of designated roles to increase mobility and job satisfaction.

Focus on Career Experience

Implemented - updated 09/12/2019

Support for public sector organisations to ensure their workplaces are culturally safe and supportive.  

Focus on Cultural Safety

Implemented - updated 19/12/2019

An online repository to provide information, tools and resources including our Cultural Capability Toolkit.

Focus on Cultural Safety

Implemented - updated 06/05/2020

A program to build skills and support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander employees to take on leadership roles.

Focus on Career Experience

Implemented - updated 07/08/2020

Opportunities for Aboriginal employees to engage in networks for personal and professional support and development.

Focus on Support

In Design - updated 08/12/2017

A project to improve engagement and experiences of Aboriginal jobseekers.

Focus on Recruitment

Implemented - updated 11/12/2017

Governance bodies to advise on implementation, and reporting that tracks and measures progress against initiatives.

Focus on Governance

Implemented - updated 11/12/2017

A framework to guide communications about the strategy and its initiatives.

Focus on Governance

Implemented - updated 24/08/2020

A program for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander university students to get paid work experience in the Victorian public sector.

Focus on Recruitment

Implemented - updated 18/05/2020

The Barring Djinang Career Development program gives participants career support and development opportunities over 8 months.

Focus on Career Experience

Implemented - updated 22/01/2018

An entry-level pathway for Aboriginal university graduates into the public service.

Focus on Recruitment