​Acknowledgement of Country

NSW Ministry of Health acknowledges the people of the many traditional countries and language groups of New South Wales. It acknowledges the wisdom of Elders both past and present and pays respect to Aboriginal communities of today.

NSW Health Service Aboriginal Health Workers' (State) Award

On 2 September 2015, Commissioner Tabbaa of the NSW Industrial Relations
Commission made by consent the NSW Health Service Aboriginal Health Workers’ (State) Award. This Award is effective from 2 September 2015 and has
replaced the Aboriginal Health Education Officers’ Determination (AHEO

Stepping Up - Recruitment Resource for Aboriginal People

Stepping Up  is NSW Health’s recruitment resource for Aboriginal people. It aims to assist Aboriginal job applicants understand how to apply for roles in NSW Health, and hiring managers to more effectively structure the recruitment to roles within NSW Health.

For more information on Stepping Up, please see Projects.

Review: Good Health - Great Jobs  NSW Health Aboriginal Workforce Strategic Framework 2011 - 2015

Good Health - Great Jobs NSW Health Aboriginal Workforce Strategic Framework 2011 - 2015 (the Framework) is the key tool to guide NSW Health to grow and develop its Aboriginal workforce. Linked to national and state wide policies and strategies the Framework aims to:

  • meet workforce participation targets
  • increase Aboriginal representation in health professions in clinical, non-clinical and leadership roles
  • improve linkages with and pathways from the education sector
  • encourage leadership and planning in Aboriginal workforce development
  • build a workforce that closes the gap in health outcomes by providing culturally safe services delivered by culturally competent staff.

A review of the Framework has been undertaken. Based on the findings of this review a revised Framework and action plan will be developed for ongoing implementation over 2016 - 2020. 

Aboriginal Workforce Unit

The Aboriginal Workforce Unit (AWU) is part of the Workforce Planning and Development Branch of the NSW Ministry of Health. More information on the organisational structure of the Ministry of Health is available. 

Our core business is to

  • increase the Aboriginal health workforce across NSW Health services
  • develop policy and strategies that support Aboriginal workforce growth, capability and supply, and
  • develop and manage strategic relationships with Aboriginal stakeholders including education providers, professional associations and NSW Health Aboriginal workforce managers.

NSW Health Aboriginal Workforce Profile

Based on information from the 2011 Census, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) estimates that there were 713,600 Indigenous people living in Australia in 2014.  Indigenous people made up 3% of the total Australian population. An estimated 220,902 Aboriginal people live in NSW making up 31% of the total NSW population. While NSW has the largest number of Aboriginal people of any Australian state or territory, the Northern Territory maintains the highest proportion of Aboriginal people at 29.7% of the total population. (Australian Bureau of Statistics (2014) Estimates and projections, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, 2001 to 2026. Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics.)


The Aboriginal Workforce Unit connect with a number of agencies /groups / organisations across the health sector to support their work. These include: 

  • Managers of Aboriginal Workforce Development
  • Aboriginal Population Health Training Initiative (APHTI)
  • Aboriginal Policy Pathways Program (APPP)
  • NSW Aboriginal Mental Health Workforce Reference Group
  • Aboriginal Workforce Strategic Steering Committee
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce Working Group

 Other Contacts


Page Updated: Monday 23 November 2015