Recruiting Guide

The following recruiting guide provides advice and support for ACU managers and supervisors on the employment and engagement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff.

Considerations when recruiting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Recruitment processes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates should mirror those of other candidates, in that they should be fair, merit-based and non-discriminatory. However, it is important to keep in mind that ensuring processes are fair and equitable can require that we treat people differently, rather than the same.

It is recommended that:

  • When advertising positions, consider writing selection criteria that includes the option of educational qualifications or equivalent relevant experience.
  • Consider how the position description is written, it can be written to attract or target an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audience.
  • Where possible, there should be an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person on the interview panel. The Manager, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment or your local Human Resources Recruitment Services Team can assist with locating appropriate panel members.
  • Ensure that panel members have a clear understanding of the diversity of ways in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates may meet the selection criteria

Recruitment Options

The Manager, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment will assist you to identify opportunities to employ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  This can include exploring ‘targeted’ or’ identified’ positions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates, as well as considering creating a traineeship or cadetship position.

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Cultural Supports

Managers and supervisors have a crucial role to play in providing a culturally safe and supportive work environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff.  The Manager, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment will work with you to ensure that you have suitable support mechanisms in place for new and existing staff members.  Gain the fast facts on frequently asked questions about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.