The Aboriginal Career Development Program provides tailored career development and support to eligible Aboriginal employees in the Victorian Public Service.

The program runs for 12 months and will provide tailored career development support to eligible Aboriginal employees in the VPS.

Core program elements include

  • career coaching
  • a career development plan
  • support to implement opportunities in the participant’s plan
  • the opportunity to connect with other Aboriginal participants in the program.

As support is tailored to each participant, the specific nature of the support and activities that they will undertake during the program will differ between participants.

The program prioritises experiential learning, and will focus on helping participants to gain other experience and build networks.

The program is designed to work alongside professional development activities offered by participants’ departments. For example, departments’ learning and development budgets can support participants undertake professional development activities, where available and relevant.

The program also aims to improve retention and mobility of Aboriginal employees, to promote the VPS as an employer of choice for Aboriginal people, and to build a deep understanding of career aspirations of Aboriginal employees in the VPS.

A major benefit to departments is that participating in the Program can be a way of supporting progress towards goals under Aboriginal Inclusion Action Plans and Aboriginal Employment Plans.

The program runs for 12 months, with intakes occurring in January and July each year. Each intake will provide up to 16 new places.  Full details can be found in the Information PDFs.

Information for Applicants (PDF, 78KB, 6 pages)

Information for Departments (PDF, 130KB, 10 pages)

Application Form for participants (DOCX, 236KB, 2 pages)

Additional Place Request Form for Departments (DOCX, 235KB, 1 page)

Application are now open for the January 2018 intake and will close on Friday 17 November 2017 at 4pm.

For all enquiries, please contact Joe Murfet, Senior Adviser at VPSC’s Aboriginal Employment Unit on (03) 9651 0837 or via email