Cutting the churn: development for indigenous workers


Australia's old parliament house

A new professional development course aims to cut churn by giving indigenous public servants the skills and confidence to progress their careers in other parts of the service.

Indigenous public servants experience a higher turnover rate than their non-indigenous peers. A new course aims to change that.

The 2012-13 Australian Public Service State of the Sector report found that 20.5% of indigenous employees left the APS after less than one year  — almost four times the rate of non-indigenous employees (5.9%).

Typically, departments have responded by focusing on recruitment and retention strategies. But recent research by the Institute of Public Administration Australia and PricewaterhouseCoopers found that better professional development opportunities could reduce the churn.

Terry Garwood

Terry Garwood

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  • Grace

    It is not necessarily that Indigenous people do not know how to move within and across the ranks of the public service..if you look more closely..there is still covert racism that exists within the public service and many do not wish to be in a situation, where they are constantly having to prove their worth or their intellect. Perhaps we should also be holding professional development courses for non-Indigenous management around how these things work..