What we offer
The department offers interesting and exciting work opportunities and a diverse, respectful and inclusive workplace. We seek to ensure that our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees maximise their potential for a successful, rewarding and enjoyable career in DFAT.
Reconciliation Action Plan
Our Reconciliation Action Plan 2016-2019 sets out our commitment to promoting diversity and reconciliation in Australia and in our overseas posts, both for our own Indigenous staff and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Australia.
Indigenous Employees’ Network
We have an active and committed Indigenous Employees’ Network (IEN), which provides mentoring and support for new Indigenous employees, as well as a social and professional network for all our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff. The IEN also regularly engages with the department’s staff management branch and provides advice on a range of issues, such as recruitment and retention strategies for Indigenous staff.
Our Indigenous Taskforce meets regularly to consider and respond to issues of concern to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees. Chaired at Deputy Secretary level, the Indigenous Taskforce has members from a number of areas of the department and provides a forum for Indigenous employees, represented by the IEN, to discuss issues and ideas directly with senior management.
A culturally aware workforce
DFAT actively promotes awareness and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultures and issues within our own workforce. We provide formal guidance to all staff on correct terminology and protocols, and we provide cultural awareness training.
Competitive terms and conditions
In addition to our competitive salaries and conditions of employment, we provide Indigenous employees with an additional three days of paid leave ceremonial purposes (including NAIDOC leave).
We provide financial assistance for staff who are required to relocate to take up offers of employment. We offer extensive training and development opportunities, including in-house and external courses and development programs, plus financial support for employees undertaking further study.
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