​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.

Applications for the Breadwinners' Programme 2017 are now open!

​There are now 15 places available for eligible NSW Health employees who are Aboriginal to receive financial support to undertake undergraduate studies at the University of Sydney through the Breadwinners' Programme. Employees require Chief Executive or Deputy Secretary endorsement to participate in the Programme. Executives are also asked to play a role in nominating eligible employees to apply. A NSW Health panel will be convened to assess applications. All eligible employees are encouraged to apply. Further information can be found at Breadwinners' Programme

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 will be incorporated into the review of PD2015_026 Recruitment and Selection of Staff to the NSW Health Service, which is currently underway. 

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. The Aboriginal Workforce Unit (AWU) and the Workforce Planning & Development Branch (WPD) are currently finalising the Framework and incorporating comments from the consultation phase. It is expected the 2016 - 2020 Framework will be available for publication on the NSW Health web site in October 2016.

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, December 2015  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: Monday 1 August 2016