Aboriginal Employment Program

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The Department of Energy, Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) respectfully acknowledges Aboriginal peoples as being the Traditional Custodians of Western Australia.

We acknowledge the enduring connection Aboriginal people continue to share with the land, sea and sky through both their ancestral ties and custodianship to Country.

We pay our respect to Elders both past and present, and acknowledge the value brought to our Department through the collective contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Western Australia.

Aborigi​nal Employment Program


As a diversity and inclusion initiative, the Aboriginal Employment Program (AEP) is designed to increase the department's workforce representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Each year the department offers a number of employment opportunities at various levels through the AEP. Positions are advertised under Section 51 of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (WA) as a measure to achieve equality and increase workforce representation of Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Therefore, only applicants who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander will be considered for these positions.

About the program

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

The AEP commences each year in February.

Benefits of the program include:

  • Permanent employment upon successful completion
  • Structured training program and on-the-job learning
  • A free Working on Wellness Program available to all staff
  • Metro office locations close to public transport
  • Great work/life balance through flexible working arrangements

Aboriginal Employment Program participants join a cohort of 40+ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff members employed across the department!

Frequently Asked Questions

For more information about section 51 of the Equal Opportunity Act (WA) we have prepared a series of FAQs

Available positions in 2024

DEMIRS is on the lookout for prospective Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people interested in a career with open opportunity.

For any enquiries about the DEMIRS Aboriginal Employment Program, please contact Shona Ngeru, Manager Aboriginal Strategy via shona.ngeru@dmirs.wa.gov.au.

Applications for the 2024 AEP open on the Thursday, 9 November 2023 and will close Wednesday, 6 December 2023 (WST).

DEMIRS are seeking applications to fill seven positions below.

The AEP job opportunities are available to view through Jobs WA by:

  • Selecting ‘Department of Energy, Mines, Industry Relation and Safety' from the Agency list.
  • Type ‘AEP' in the keyword search box.
  • Click on ‘Search'.

Applications must be submitted via the department's external jobs board.

Applications close by Wednesday, 6 December 2023

Your submission must be complete by the closing time. Applications that are in progress or submitted after this time will not be accepted.

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