Issue No.8 - November 2005
A newsletter on Indigenous employment issues
Department of Corporate and Information Services
Cadetship Program ........................ 1 Cadetship Program 2006
Employment Tool Kit
Launch in Alice Springs Are you an Indigenous person interested in pursuing a career with the Northern
Workshops for managers....................2 Territory Pubic Sector?
Lookrukin .......................................... 2 Are you interested to getting paid while you study towards your degree?
Kigaruk & Lookrukin The Northern Territory Government is offering Indigenous Territorians currently
Indigenous Leadership Development studying full-time or about to commence study at an appropriate university for 2006,
Programs for men & women .............. 3
the opportunity to put theory into practice by applying for a Cadetship with the
Member Proﬁle Northern Territory Public Sector through the National Indigenous Cadetship Program.
The Cadetship offers:
Strategy..............................................4 • Reimbursement of HECS fees;
• A fortnightly allowance whilst studying;
2006 IPAA National Conference • Full time paid employment during semester breaks (12 weeks); and
Does size really matter?......................4 • Permanent employment on successful completion.
DEET - Indigenous Leaders
Network Forum. ................................5 For further details and how to apply:
About First Australians
• To obtain the selection criteria and application form please phone the 24 hour
Business (FAB)..................................5 Recruitment Answering Service on 1300 659 247 or visit the web site at
www.nt.gov.au/jobs (quoting vacancy number,250266).
• Send your application addressing the selection criteria to email:
firstname.lastname@example.org or post to Employment Programs Unit,
Department of Corporate and Information Services,
Contributions are sought for
GPO Box 2391, Darwin NT 0801.
For additional enquires please contact: Amanda Holt on (08) 8999 4132
or email: email@example.com
this newsletter. If you have an
interesting article or information Current NTPS Indigenous employees are eligible to apply for this cadetship.
on an event or activity please
contact: Vacancy Number: 250266
Closing Date: 11/11/2005
Wendy Ah Chin
Tel: 8999 4108
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NTPS Indigenous Employment Tool Kit
Regional Launch and Workshops
The NTPS Indigenous Employment Tool Kit was originally launched in
Darwin in March 2005. John Kirwan, Commissioner for Public Employment
will conduct the ﬁrst of the regional launches in Alice Springs on
18 November 2005.
The Tool Kit has been designed as a practical reference point for managers,
supervisors and Indigenous employees of the NTPS in developing effective
recruitment and retention strategies.
The launch will be followed by two workshops. The purpose of the workshops
are to provide information and practical advice to managers and to Indigenous
employees and job seekers.
The ﬁrst workshop is designed to assist managers and HR practitioners in
developing a greater understanding of the issues relevant to the recruitment
Copies of the Tool Kits and retention of Indigenous people.
are available for purchase
in hard copy or CD format The second workshop is speciﬁcally designed for Indigenous employees and
from OCPE. job seekers to provide them with information to assist them in the workplace
and in seeking employment within the NTPS workforce.
Cost of the Toolkit is $40 or
$17.50 for the CD. For further information, please contact:
Maureen McGregor (Darwin, Katherine, Nhulunbuy) on ph: 899 94170
Robbie Benson (Alice Springs) on ph: 895 15796
May Bury is an Aboriginal Islander Education Worker at
Nightcliff High School. May has worked at the school for 6
May is currently studying at CDU for a Diploma of Business
The name of the group is Lookrukin - an Indigenous Women’s
Leadership Development Program, which is coordinated by
the Ofﬁce of the Commissioner for Public Employment.
The academic component of the course runs from August to
December 2005, followed by an action learning component
that will be completed in April 2006. The Lookrukins will
graduate in May 2006. Lookrukin Participant, May Bury
May is also studying for an Associate Degree in Applied
Science – Community Management Development, May is
in the 3rd year of her studies in which hopes to complete
next year through Curtin University.
Development Programs for
men and women
Following the successful Kigaruk Indigenous Men’s
Leadership Development Pilot Program in 2003/2004,
which all 25 participants graduated with a Diploma of
Business (Frontline Management), a second program is Some of the Kigaruk participants at the Crab Claw
Residential in July 2005
currently underway with 18 participants.
The pilot of the Lookrukin Indigenous Women’s
Leadership Development Program is also underway
with 35 participants.
Kigaruk and Lookrukin commenced in July 2005 and
both programs are being conducted concurrently.
Participants will graduate at Charles Darwin University
in May 2006.
Both programs aim to redress the lack of representation
of Indigenous men and women in senior management
and executive ofﬁcer positions in the NTPS and provide
an opportunity for participants to gain the knowledge
and skills necessary to compete on merit for senior
positions. Lookrukins with Residential facilitator, Nita Cherry
(standing, far right), at Crab Claw in August 2005.
David Simmons is an Aboriginal and Islander
Education Worker (AIEW) at Nhulunbuy High
School, Arnhem Land. Dave has been a tutor at
Yirrkala CEC since 2004. Prior to coming to the
NT to live, Dave spent 20 years in middle and
senior management positions in Federal, State and
Local Government in his home state of Western
David graduated from Curtin University in 1999 with
a degree in Aboriginal Community Management &
Developement. He gained employment at Miwatj
Health in 1999, then commenced work with the
Kigaruk Participant, David Simmons. Night Patrol at Yirrkala Community in 2001. Dave
was the night patrol ofﬁcer in the documentary
David is a current participant on the Kigaruk
Indigenous Men’s Leadership Development
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programs, said “thanks to RWD funding, which covers
Remote Workforce course fees and contributes towards the costs for travel
and accommodation, remote based employees can
Development participate in these Indigenous leadership programs to
further develop their skills and knowledge and enhance
their career opportunities…..”
Strategy The RWDS has also provided funding to NTPS agencies
for professional development activities for remote
Now well into the second year of implementation, the
employees through an Innovative Grants programs.
Remote Workforce Development Strategy has been
helping remote Indigenous NTPS employees to gain
The three agencies Department of Health and Community
Services, Department of Employment, Education and
Training, and Police, Fire and Emergency Services have
The Scholarships program, which provides financial
all been awarded Innovative Grant funding to undertake
assistance to remote employees to undertake study or
a range of activities that will assist remote Indigenous
other professional development, is helping a number of
Indigenous employees to upgrade their qualiﬁcations,
and attend conferences and workshops relevant to their
In November this year, teaching teams from Ngukurr,
remote communities in the Katherine West region, and
Utopia Homeland Schools are attending the World
Being awarded an RWD Scholarship allowed Sharon
Indigenous People’s Conference on Education in New
Mununnggur and Sharon Wallace from the East Arnhem
region to attend the 12th Annual Australian Women’s
Health Conference in April this year, and in October
Lisa Hall, a teacher from Utopia who will be attending the
Norman Dulvarie and Waninya Marika from Yirrkala
conference with her Indigenous colleagues, said “We were
Health Centre are attending the National Indigenous
thrilled to be awarded a Remote Workforce Development
Men’s Health Conference.
Innovative Grant…. for the Indigenous women I work with
it will be their ﬁrst opportunity to go overseas.
A local teacher from Ngukurr, Godfrey Blitner, has been
undertaking study towards a Cert IV in Youth Work.
More importantly it will provide them with the opportunity
Godfrey says he wants to be an active role model for the
to meet and share with Indigenous educators from all over
young people in his community, and work in role where he
the world. It would have been impossible for us to attend
can develop programs that get young people interested
the conference as a teaching team without this grant.
in healthy activities in their own community.
It has offered us a once in a lifetime opportunity and has
He says this course will help him to develop the skills and
made the entire community, students and parents alike,
knowledge to formally undertake that role; receiving an
proud of the efforts of their teachers. Who knows what
RWD Scholarship is the ﬁnancial bonus that is helping
great things will grow out of this opportunity?”
him to achieve his goal.
For more information about the Strategy contact Libby
RWDS funding has also made it possible for eight remote
Doney, Remote Workforce Development Advisor (OCPE),
Indigenous employees to participate in the current Kigaruk
phone 89993757, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
and Lookrukin programs. Roz Angeles, coordinator of the
2006 IPAA National Conference
13 – 15 September 2006
Alice Springs, Northern Territory
Does Size Really Matter?
The challenges of size versus complexity
To register your interest:
Department of Employment Education and Training
Indigenous Leaders Network Forum
On the 25, 26 and 27 October 2005, the Department of Potential models of Indigenous Leadership will be
Employment Education and Training (DEET), through shared and there will be discussions for planning ways
the People & Learning (P&L) Division coordinated the forward for the future in schools and communities.
Indigenous Leaders Network Forum in Alice Springs Both the Indigenous Leaders Network Forums and
for 28 Indigenous Educational Leaders from across the 2006 DEET Leaders Forum are signiﬁcant DEET
the Territory. events.
This forum was the first of three workshops to The Leaders Forum brings together approximately
investigate and establish models of Indigenous 250 participants from a range of positions, backgrounds
and Bicultural Leadership across Northern Territory and skills to build a strong network of leaders within
Schools and included representations from each of DEET and to contribute to the DEET learning
the seven clusters within DEET. community.
The primary focus is on remote Indigenous leaders Overall this project will strengthen the capacity and
who bring skills and knowledge to teaching but capability of Indigenous employees and provide
who also experience particular challenges within options for future succession planning.
the context of their school community. Models of
Indigenous Leadership will be mapped against For more information, please contact:
cultural, community and organisational needs. David Guy, Senior Consultant
Indigenous Capacity Building Unit,
The three workshops will lead up to the 2006 DEET People & Learning Division
Leaders Forum in Darwin where the Indigenous on 89014990 or email@example.com.
Leaders will present their learning.
Australians Business Aims
• To enhance the economic development
First Australians Business (FAB) is a national one-to- opportunities for Indigenous people.
one mentoring program for Indigenous business people.
FAB assists Indigenous people to initiate, develop and • To support the growth of small businesses
operated by Indigenous people.
maintain economically viable and culturally appropriate
businesses through the provision of knowledge, • To develop networks which will assist in the
expertise and support from corporate Australia. FAB is economic development of Indigenous people.
proudly sponsored by the Commonwealth Government • To promote positive images of Indigenous
through Indigenous Business Australia (IBA). In addition businesses.
FAB continues to receive on going support from The
• To involve corporate Australia in Indigenous
Body Shop. FAB is a not for proﬁt organisation businesses.
First Australians Business (FAB) is committed to Shaun Wilde
Contract Management Ofﬁcer
promoting and extending the business management 89 52 7830
skills and conﬁdence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander business people. Tui Ford
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young Indigenous Australians by building long term
partnerships with Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Regional Manager
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