The department aims to attract increasing numbers of Aboriginal employees into career pathways that are diverse, inclusive and include caring for Aboriginal people, families and communities.

This strategy will lead to an increase in the number of Aboriginal staff in executive roles and build a senior Aboriginal workforce profile that is representative of Aboriginal employees in all higher level position classifications by 2021.

We are committed to enhancing the health and wellbeing of all Aboriginal Victorians by delivering services in partnership with Aboriginal organisations and communities throughout the state.

We acknowledge that increasing the departments Aboriginal workforce is a key factor in achieving this aim and has set a target of two per cent Aboriginal employment by 2021.

The Aboriginal employment strategy 2016–2021 sets out the six focus areas to achieve this goal:

  • Profile and leadership
  • Recruitment
  • Retention
  • Inclusive workplaces
  • Induction
  • Development.

The Aboriginal employment strategy 2016–2021 was developed following an extensive consultation process with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal staff and Aboriginal partner organisations.

It has also been informed by the department's Koolin Balit: Victorian Government strategic directions for Aboriginal health 2012–2022 on the Health.vic website. It operates in conjunction with the Moondani: Aboriginal inclusion action plan 2015–2018.

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