​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 knowledge and wisdom of Elders who have passed, those of today and tomorrow and pays respect to Aboriginal communities of the land.

2018 University of Sydney Breadwinners' Programme

The 2018 University of Sydney Breadwinners' Programme provides an opportunity for eligible NSW Health Aboriginal employees to undertake undergraduate studies at the University of Sydney. The Breadwinners' Programme provides financial support to mature age Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who are the primary breadwinner in their family, allowing them to study for their first university degree.

This programme provides the opportunity for students to advance their qualifications and careers, without affecting their ability to financially provide for their families as well as allowing employees to increase their quality of delivery and productivity.

The programme works through an agreement with the students permanent employer, allowing for the study of a three undergraduate degree over four years whilst the student maintains full time employment.

For further information please contact the Mana Yura projects team, student support services at the University of Sydney on 8627 6330.

NSW Health Good Health - Great Jobs Aboriginal Workforce Strategic Framework 2016 - 2020

​The NSW Health Good Health - Great Jobs Aboriginal Workforce Strategic Framework 2016 - 2020 (the Framework) is taking the next step up in growing a strong and culturally supported Aboriginal workforce. 

The Framework aims to support local health districts, speciality networks and other NSW health organisations to grow and develop their Aboriginal workforce. The Framework shares the vision of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce Strategic Framework 2016 - 2020.

The Good Health - Great Jobs: Aboriginal Workforce Strategic Framework 2016 - 2020 was launched on 21 November 2016.

NSW Health Good Health - Great Jobs  2017 Stepping Up Forum

The Aboriginal Workforce Unit (AWU) hosted the NSW Health Good Health - Great Jobs 2017 Stepping Up Forum at the International Convention Centre (ICC), Sydney on Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd March 2017.
288 delegates attended the two day Forum with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal health managers and staff working across all professions including clinical, non-clinical and leadership roles.
A survey monkey to evaluate delegates experience of the Forum has been sent out and responses are due back to the Aboriginal workforce unit by COB Friday 19 May 2017. To respond to the survey, please visit 2017 Stepping Up Evaluation.
For more information about the presentations, please visit 2017 Stepping Up Forum presentations

Government Sector Employment Rule 26 - Employment of Eligible Persons

We have received some positive news in relation to facilitating diversity in Government sector employment. The Government Sector Employment Rule 26, Employment of eligible persons, has been amended to include the whole government sector (including the NSW Health service) in its scope. The updated GSE Rule 26 took effect on 1 June 2016.

GSE Rule 26 allows agencies to target positions to 'eligible persons' who belong to one of the groups deemed to be disadvantaged in employment. This will remove the need to seek a separate exemption from the Anti-Discrimination Board to target a position for eligible persons covered by the Rule. The Rule also allows for such modifications to recruitment and selection policies or procedures as are necessary to facilitate the employment of eligible persons in the agency. These changes have been incorporated into the revised and finalised Recruitment and Selection of Staff to the NSW Health Service, PD2017_040.

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 Determination).

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.

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

Information from Aboriginal Affairs NSW, key data - NSW Aboriginal people, July 2016  states there were 225,349 Aboriginal people living in NSW, representing 31% of the Aboriginal population of Australia and 3% of the NSW population.


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: Friday 15 December 2017