​​​​Opportunities for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander People

Hunter New England Local Health District (HNELHD) is committed to increasing the diversity of our workforce.  Increasing Aboriginal employment is important on a number of levels including;

  • Strengthening our commitment to reduce unemployment in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

  • Demonstrating our support and respect for Aboriginal cultural values in the workplace by delivering programs to increase cultural understanding and respect

  • Finding ways to overcome employment and retention barriers

HNELHD plans and implements diversity initiatives to take positive steps to address continued disadvantage experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the workplace. HNELHD employs over 700 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Overcoming employment and retention barriers has many challenges and we have implemented a number of strategies to achieve sustainable employment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the public sector.

Increasing Aboriginal participation in the public sector is not just about meeting employment targets, it is about broadening the diversity of the workforce so that public sector staffing reflects the people we serve and provides new ideas and fresh perspectives to the way Government works.

Why does Hunter New England Local Health District (HNELHD) have targeted positions?

Anti-discrimination Law recognises that because of past discrimination, some groups will not have equal employment opportunity. HNELHD is committed to ensuring that we level the playing field to facilitate the employment of people belonging to groups designated as disadvantaged. As such, a targeted position is a process for filling mainstream positions using tailored advertising and recruitment strategies to maximise applications from a particular group within the community ie: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Why are we committed to Aboriginal employment?

Increasing employment opportunities for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people with HMELHD is not just about meeting employment targets. It is about improving social and economic justice and improving the lives of Aboriginal people, their families and communities. By doing so, HNELHD is positively contributing to the Government's Agenda of Closing the Gap in health and employment outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Aboriginal people make up 2.1% of the NSW population and 5.9% of the Hunter New England population. HNELHD provides health services to 22% of the NSW Aboriginal population. The NSW Government's expectation is for HNELHD to provide an Aboriginal workforce of 4.7%.  At present, Aboriginal employees represent 4.7% of the HNELHD workforce.

Aboriginal employment remains a strategic priority for HNELHD. HNELHD has been coordinating and implementing an Aboriginal Employment Strategy over the past eight years and a new Aboriginal Employment Strategy "Good Health Great Jobs 2016 -2020" is now being implemented.

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