Alice Springs Aboriginal Employee Forum round-up

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Last week, the 2-day Northern Territory Public Sector (NTPS) Aboriginal Employee Forum was held in Alice Springs. Each year, the forum comes to Alice Springs and Darwin with the Darwin forum to be held in late 2022.

Day 1 began with a Welcome to Country by Aunty Rosalie Riley, the perfect platform for some lively discussion.

Workshop in style, the forum provided an exciting opportunity for participants to get to know each other, to provide feedback on various employment initiatives and programs, and learn about the new Aboriginal Employment and Career Development Strategy 2021-2025 PDF (15.4 MB).

Topics and speakers included:

  • ‘Aboriginal Affairs in the NT and National Agreement on Closing the Gap update’ -
    Mischa Cartwright, Executive Director, Aboriginal Affairs Strategic Partnerships, Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet (CM&C)
  • ‘Working with Interpreters’ -
    David Kerrin, Regional Coordinator Southern, Aboriginal Interpreter Service, CM&C
  • ‘Special Measures and Merit Selection Training’ -
    Rachael Dunn, Director, Public Sector Appeals and Grievances Review, Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment (OCPE)
  • ‘Aboriginal Leadership Development Pathways’ -
    Briony Crummy, Advisor, OCPE.

A panel consisting of the Senior Aboriginal Reference Group (SARG) was an important feature of the forum; SARG’s role is to provide advice, support and guidance on Aboriginal employment issues within their agencies and across the sector.

Aboriginal employees also shared their personal stories and career journeys.

Also, piloted at the forum was the new 'Stay Survey', an important retention tool to understand what makes Aboriginal employees stay or leave the NTPS.

The survey will be officially launched across the NTPS in July 2022.

Watch the video of the 2021 Darwin forum and find out more about the forum.

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