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

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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 attract, appoint 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, come along to our AEP Open Day on Friday, 8 November 2019 from 10am – 1pm at 100 Plain Street, East Perth.
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.

Interested? Register now.

RSVP is essential by Monday 4 November. Please RSVP: Jillian Collard, Aboriginal Strategy Coordinator on (08) 9222 3244 or jillian.collard@dmirs.wa.gov.au

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AEP Positions Available

We’re on the lookout for Aboriginal candidates to join us from February 2020.
Applications for the 2019 Aboriginal Employment Program are now open.
We are currently seeking applications for the 11 positions below as part of our Aboriginal Employment Program. Links are provided for each available position and the relevant job advertisement:

The AEP job opportunities are also available to view through the Western Australian Government's Jobs Board by:

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

Applications must be submitted via the Western Australian Government's Jobs Board.

Applications Close 4pm, Monday 18 November 2019 (WST).

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

Reconciliation Action Plan

Aboriginal Employment Strategy

DMIRS is proud to acknowledge and celebrate the rich and diverse culture and affinity with the land of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

A diverse and inclusive workforce with an understanding and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and people at DMIRS – is our vision for employment, training and reconciliation. The department is actively involved in reconciliation and has a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Committee to lead and guide our commitment and vision for ongoing reconciliation.

Letter of Intent

We are currently developing a new DMIRS RAP for our department, whilst progressing initiatives in our current RAP. It is our commitment to empower, support and develop our people by respecting individuality and diversity, both internal and external to the organisation. By fostering a workplace culture that is respectful, welcoming and encouraging, we will create long term sustainable activities that will make a real difference in the community.

Our approach is to create real work and career opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We will guide, mentor and support people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent who are working with us to allow them to fully realise their abilities and achieve their goals.

Our plan will guide us on a shared journey that will enrich our knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories, build constructive change and foster meaningful relationships.

The DMIRS Reconciliation Action Plan will be launched in 2020.