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.

Our progress

  • Plan stage
    1/16
  • In Design
    1/16
  • Build stage
    1/16
  • Implemented
    13/16

Our initiatives

Improve attraction and recruitment

More pathways and improved recruitment processes for Aboriginal jobseekers.

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  • Job opportunities for TAFE or VET graduates

    This program creates a new pathway to public sector careers for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander vocational graduates.

    Focus on Reimagining attraction and recruitment

  • Reimagining attraction and recruitment

    Despite some improvements in recent years, there are still low numbers of Aboriginal employees in the public sector.

    Focus on Improving attraction and recruitment

  • Barring Djinang internship program

    The Barring Djinang internship program is designed to provide Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander university students with paid work experience in the public sector.

    Focus on Improving attraction and recruitment

  • Graduate program

    The Aboriginal pathway to the Victorian Government graduate program started in 2013 and provides an entry-level pathway for Aboriginal university graduates into the public service.

    Focus on Improving attraction and recruitment

Create culturally safe workplaces

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

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  • Aboriginal employment portal

    An online repository to provide information, tools and resources about Aboriginal employment.

    Focus on Creating progressive career experiences

  • Building Aboriginal cultural capability in the workplace

    We help Victorian public sector organisations build Aboriginal cultural capability in their workplace.

    Focus on Creating progressive career experiences

  • Cultural capability toolkit

    We have published a toolkit for public sector organisations to ensure their workplaces are culturally safe and supportive.

    Focus on Creating progressive career experiences

Create progressive career experiences

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

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  • Career pathways framework

    This online tool will support career planning for Aboriginal staff.

    Focus on Creating progressive career experiences

  • Barring Djinang leadership program

    A program to build skills and support employees to take on leadership roles. Applications closed 5pm AEDT Friday 4 June 2021.

    Focus on Creating progressive career experiences

  • Designated roles

    We are working on guidance for organisations on the use of designated roles.

    Focus on Creating progressive career experiences

  • Career development program

    An 8-month career coaching and development program for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders who work in the Victorian public sector.

    Focus on Creating progressive career experiences

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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  • Explore culturally appropriate EAP provision

    We have worked with departments to ensure the EAP needs of Aboriginal staff are being met and provide culturally appropriate support.

    Focus on Enhancing support for Aboriginal staff

  • Regional Aboriginal staff networks

    We are strengthening opportunities for Aboriginal employees to engage in networks for personal and professional support and development.

    Focus on Enhancing support for Aboriginal staff

Provide central oversight and strong governance

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

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  • Communications

    An overarching Barring Djinang Communications Strategy will provide a framework to guide communications about the Strategy and its initiatives.

    Focus on Provide central oversight and strong governance

  • Reporting and governance

    We are setting up governance groups and developing reporting that tracks and measures progress against initiatives.

    Focus on Provide central oversight and strong governance

  • Revisit employment policies and practices

    We are exploring and assessing existing materials to ensure our guidance and advice aligns with Barring Djinang strategy and principles.

    Focus on Provide central oversight and strong governance