The Victorian Government's Aboriginal Employment Strategy
Karreeta Yirramboi is the Victorian Government's plan to improve public sector employment outcomes for Aboriginal Victorians. Karreeta is the Gunditjmara word for "grow" and Yirramboi is the Taungurung word meaning "tomorrow".
Karreeta Yirramboi aims to increase Aboriginal participation in the Victorian public sector workforce.
To achieve this important objective, Victoria has set a one per cent Aboriginal employment target for the Victorian public sector to be achieved by 2015. This would bring the total number of Aboriginal employees in the Victorian public sector to approximately 2,700 by 2015.
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The Action Plan
· Building pathways between education and public sector employment
Pathways and employment programs, transition support, cadetship opportunities and the Victorian Public Service Graduate Recruitment and Development Scheme.
· Making the Public Sector an employer of choice
Under Karreeta Yirramboi, major VPS organisations have appointed an Aboriginal Employment Officer to support candidates through the recruitment process, as well as current Aboriginal employees throughout their career. For contact details for Aboriginal employment officers, click here.
· Creating inclusive workplaces
Karreeta Yirramboi aims to prevent racial discrimination through initiatives such as cultural awareness training in workplaces, and the ongoing promotion of cultural inclusion to create public sector workplaces that value and respect Aboriginal people.
Aboriginal employees provide a valuable link between public sector agencies and the wider Aboriginal community. To assist Aboriginal employees to develop and maintain these links, and to highlight the important contribution of Aboriginal staff, the VPS also aims to create and support more extensive Aboriginal employee networks.
· Supporting public sector employers
Under Karreeta Yirramboi, the State Services Authority is currently developing an Employer Toolkit for Aboriginal employment to assist VPS organisations to support and promote Aboriginal employment.
· Driving change
The Victorian Public Service has established clear accountability and governance structures to ensure that responsibilities are clear and that the progress of Karreeta Yirramboi can be readily reported.