Public sector needs shock on Aboriginal workers, procurement: Twiggy

Andrew Forrest’s report on indigenous employment argues governments should use workplace and procurement power to close the employment gap.

Mining magnate Andrew Forrest has pointed the finger at the public sector in his review of Aboriginal employment, calling for at least 4% of the workforce to be indigenous by 2018.

The wide-ranging inquiry for the federal government, released today, argues efforts to increase first Australians’ public sector employment share have been “sluggish” and require “a shock to the system”. Commonwealth, state and territory governments should:

“… each set and enforce public sector first Australian employment targets of 4% within four years for each portfolio with a minimum of 4% within five years, but with no individual portfolio with less than 3%.”

Currently, just 2.2% of the Commonwealth public sector are indigenous Australians.

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