Indigenous mentoring goes service wide as APS chases 3% diversity target

The federal government has established a new service-wide mentoring program for Indigenous public servants, as its workforce agency tries to implement the Commonwealth Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy.

The Australian Public Service Commission is seeking expressions of interest from junior employees who’d like some mentoring, and from “energetic and experienced” APS leaders who are keen to share their wisdom.

Other mentoring programs for APS employees of Indigenous background have been run by individual agencies such as the Department of Human Services, Department of Social Services and Australian Taxation Office. This is the first time, however, that mentoring for Indigenous public servants has been offered through a single program across the whole of the APS.

The new employment strategy, which was developed with reference to the advice of mining magnate Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest, sets measures to meet the target of 3% Indigenous employment in the wider Commonwealth public sector by 2018. It states:

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