Calls to Close the Gap within the public-service

The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) this week urged the Federal Government to address Indigenous pay gaps in the Australian Public Service (APS). CPSU national secretary Nadine Flood said Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander agencies were under-funded and staff received lower pay rates than colleagues in other APS agencies working at the same level. “The […]

Councils must increase Indigenous employment

By Rob O’Brien Councils have been dragging their feet on the issue of work opportunities for Indigenous Australians, an Aboriginal employment agency has said. The Aboriginal Employment Strategy (AES) has reported that Indigenous Australians currently make up just one per cent of the sector’s 170,000-strong workforce. AES chief executive, Danny Lester, said councils had an […]

Workforce sits on demographic faultline

By Angela Dorizas Councils must recruit, retain and develop a greater number of Indigenous employees to alleviate future workforce demands, a former local government minister has said.   Chair of the Australian Centre of Excellence of Local Government (ACELG) and former senator, Margaret Renynolds, last night released a green paper on Indigenous employment within the […]

Closing the gap on Indigenous employment

By Angela Dorizas Joining the ranks of the federal public service last week were sixty-two Indigenous Australians, ready to begin their career in government. Established by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) the Indigenous Australian Government Development Program provides Indigenous Australians with accredited training and work experienced in the public service. The program […]

Qld reconciliation plan hailed as blueprint

By Rachel Borchardt A new “whole of government” reconciliation action plan launched by Queensland’s Bligh Government represents a potential breakthrough that will show the way for other government agencies and provide leadership opportunities for indigenous people. The three-year plan, to run from July 2009 to June 2012, has been developed in consultation with the Queensland […]

COAG report finds widening gap in Indigenous health

By Rob O'Brien An increase in child abuse and a series of ‘unaccepable outcomes’ have been highlighted by a a COAG-commissioned report into Indigenous disadvantage. The fourth Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage report, released by the Indigenous Affairs Minister, Jenny Macklin, at the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting in Darwin today.   The Productivity Commission's report […]


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