For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Your work can make a difference to the lives of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders peoples in Queensland.

Your skills and cultural knowledge can help us become a better human service agency by improving the way we deliver our policies, services and programs to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

We offer a number of specialised positions such as identified or specified positions that require the applicant to have an understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and societies.

Cultural leave

We recognise the importance of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff being able to meet obligations under traditional law, customary law and family obligations, and to celebrate religious and cultural observances.

The department is committed to cultural diversity and we support our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff through providing access to flexible work arrangements and cultural leave, as well as standard leave provisions.

Cultural leave allows staff to take various forms of paid leave or special leave without pay to celebrate religious or cultural observances such as Sorry Business, National Sorry Day, NAIDOC, National Reconciliation Week, Mabo Day and Coming of the Light Festival.

Information about what we offer in terms of salary and providing flexible ways of supporting employees to be able to blend the various obligations of work and life can be found under the 'benefits of working for us' section.

Mentoring for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff

All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who come to work in our department are offered the opportunity to participate in our Yarn and Grow Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mentoring Program run by the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women.

The mentoring program provides a supportive structure in which to develop a relationship between mentor and mentee so they can to learn from each other and share experiences.

Support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff

You and your immediate family will have free access to counsellors who are either Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander themselves, or who have experience working with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples and/or have completed cultural capability development programs. This service is available through the Employee Assistance Service we offer to all staff. The department and your manager do not need to know that you have accessed this service.

Cultural capability of our staff

Our department recognises that the cultural capability of all of our staff is integral to being able to achieve our vision of thriving Queensland communities.

Accordingly, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Capability Action Plan sets out the department’s approach and commitment to growing the cultural capability of all of our staff.