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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Staff Network and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Staff National Committee

The DSS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Staff Network (Staff Network) provides support to staff, and advice to management on issues that impact Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff.

The Staff Network also provides support to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Staff National Committee (National Committee) by consulting on their views and issues, and assisting in the development of solutions to address any concerns. Staff Network members also actively participate in Yarning Circles, which are designed to support the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff at the local level.

The National Committee has been established to provide a leading role in the delivery of strategic advice to the DSS Executive on workforce issues impacting on its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff.

The National Committee provides Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff throughout the Department with the opportunity to represent the interests, perspectives and concerns of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through:

  • effective advocacy and engagement with senior management and the Executive when appropriate;
  • quality and timely advice on issues that impact Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people;
  • advice and support to assist the Department to develop, implement and monitor its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Workforce Strategy;
  • guidance and support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff to assist them establish rewarding careers in the APS; and
  • cultural advice, knowledge and expertise to strengthen cultural competence in and across the Department.

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