Key messages

  • The goal of Kareeta Yirramboi is to increase Aboriginal participation in the Victorian public sector workforce.
  • Establishing more sustainable pathways between education and employment will lead to greater job opportunities for Aboriginal people and will also result in the public sector becoming more visible as a potential employer.
  • The Victorian Government will work to improve the relationship between employers and employees to make the public sector an employer of choice for Aboriginal people.
  • Public sector workplaces that value and respect Aboriginal people are more attractive to Aboriginal job seekers.
  • Strong accountability and reporting mechanisms to ensure that responsibilities are clear and that the progress of Karreeta Yirramboi can be readily reported.

Victorian Aboriginal public sector employment and career development action plan

Karreeta Yirramboi: Victorian Aboriginal public sector employment and career development action plan 2010–2015 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’.

The overarching goal under Karreeta Yirramboi is to increase Aboriginal participation in the Victorian public sector workforce. This plan is therefore an integral part of Victoria’s broader Aboriginal economic development agenda and signals the Victorian Government’s commitment to the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) target to halve the gap in employment outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Central to Karreeta Yirramboi is the objective to develop the Victorian public sector into a modern and inclusive workplace that values and respects Aboriginal people. Equally, Karreeta Yirramboi is strongly focused on establishing the right pathways for Aboriginal employees to enter and progress their careers in the public sector. This includes ensuring all Indigenous young people can participate in education and training in order to build the skills and knowledge needed for a successful career in the public sector.

A framework has been developed to guide Victorian Government efforts under Karreeta Yirramboi. The framework has five action areas and a suite of key directions to drive change:

  • building pathways between education and public sector employment
  • making the public sector an employer of choice for Aboriginal people
  • creating inclusive workplaces
  • supporting employers to recruit and retain Aboriginal employees
  • driving change.

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