Aboriginal employment

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Building a diverse workforce

The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People as the Traditional Custodians of this land on which we deliver our services. We pay our respects to elders and leaders past, present and emerging.

Kaya and Wandju

Promoting employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people the department recognises that having a diverse workforce that is inclusive is a key component to being a successful organisation. Actively promoting and pursuing inclusiveness, equity and diversity in the workforce ensures that the department has diverse perspectives, skills and experiences at the strategic and operational levels that are reflective of the Western Australian community. A diverse workforce will ultimately enhance our service delivery and help generate new ideas and insights.

Aboriginal Employment Strategy

To actively contribute to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace, DMIRS is committed to increasing the representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within the department. The Aboriginal Employment Strategy is an integral part in designing Aboriginal employment initiatives and provides a cohesive set of actions to attractappoint and progress Aboriginal people within the department.

One of our initiatives is the Aboriginal Employment Program which provides sustainable employment outcomes for Aboriginal people.

Aboriginal Employment Program

The Aboriginal Employment Program (AEP) is a diversity and inclusion initiative that sits within the department’s Aboriginal Employment Strategy and the Diversity and Inclusion Plan. The AEP is designed to increase the department’s workforce representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Each year the department offers a number of employment opportunities at various levels through the AEP.

Positions within the AEP are advertised under Section 51 of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (WA) as a measure to achieve equality and increase workforce representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  Therefore, only applicants who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander will be considered for these positions.

The AEP is a 12 month program and provides the opportunity for permanent employment upon successful completion of the program.

The program commences early in the year.

Benefits of the program include:

  • Permanent employment upon successful completion of the 12 month program.
  • Structured training program and on the job learning.
  • Support and guidance from the Aboriginal Program Coordinator, sponsor, mentor and Aboriginal staff network (Gnalla Committee)
  • Metro Office locations close to public transport.
  • Great work/life balance through flexible working arrangements

Frequently asked questions

If you have any queries about section 51 of the Equal Opportunity Act, we have prepared a series of frequently asked questions.

AEP Open Day

To learn more about the positions and what it’s like to work with us, the department holds an AEP Open Day during our recruitment.

The AEP Open Day will provide you with the chance to:

  • Hear about the positions available and what it’s like to work for the department.
  • Find out how to apply for the positions and receive resume and interview coaching.
  • Meet former AEP participants and department staff while enjoying a light lunch.

If you have queries, please contact Jillian Collard, Aboriginal Strategy Coordinator on (08) 9222 3244 or jillian.collard@dmirs.wa.gov.au

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