Engaging with Community
The APS Trainee Program Officer, Ms Jordan Wanganeen, delivers a presentation during the National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee 2016 Cultural Sharing Day.
Miss Nikki Maher (left) and Mr Karl Dank (right) with Air Vice-Marshal Margaret Staib, AM, CSC, Commander Joint Logistics at Joint Logistics Unit North, RAAF Base Darwin. Joint Logistics Commands pilot Indigenous Trainee Program commences at Joint Logistics Unit North (JLU-N). Commander Joint Logistics, Air Vice-Marshal Margaret Staib AM, CSC, Presents JLU-N indigenous trainees Mr Karl Dank and Miss Nikki Maher with their trainee contracts.
The 2014 Defence Australian Public Service (APS) Indigenous Traineeship Program participant Mr Kaden Hayes helps manage Woomera Test Range trials. The program’s trainees complete a twelve month work placement and study at a TAFE or recognised training provider. The program is aimed at providing the right skill sets for Indigenous job seekers to be employed within the APS.
Defence is committed to establishing and maintaining relationships with Indigenous community organisations. Defence aims to nurture relationships with Indigenous communities and organisations to:
- Showcase Defence as a values-driven and culturally respectful employer that appreciates the past and present contributions of Indigenous Australians to the Defence of Australia;
- Communicate an integrated message to the broader Indigenous community about Defence employment, training, community contribution offers, and how to access those offers; and
- Provide opportunities for Indigenous communities, groups, organisations and individuals to provide feedback to Defence.
Community engagement is best achieved through the establishment and maintenance of meaningful relationships at the local level. Defence Indigenous Liaison Officers are well placed to engage with local Indigenous communities.