​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.

NSW Health Good Health - Great Jobs  2017 Stepping Up Forum

The Aboriginal Workforce Unit (AWU) will host 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.

The Hotel Network have been contracted to manage the Forum. For information on the program, transport & accommodation options and to register please go to the website at The Hotel Network

The Forum aims to reaffirm NSW Health's commitment to 'Closing the Gap' in health outcomes for Aboriginal people across NSW. The theme of the 2017 Stepping Up Forum builds on the NSW Health Good Health - Great Jobs Aboriginal Workforce Strategic Framework 2016 - 2020 (the Framework) in "Taking the next step up in growing a strong and culturally supported Aboriginal workforce"

Guest speakers will focus on evidence based models that showcase the variety of ways that NSW Health is working to improve the health and well-being of Aboriginal people, their families and communities by delivering culturally safe health services through engagement with the NSW Health Aboriginal workforce.

Themes for breakout sessions will be the Framework's six key priority areas:

  1. Lead and Plan Aboriginal Workforce Development
  2. Build Cultural Respect and Understanding
  3. Attract, Recruit and Retain Aboriginal staff
  4. Develop the capabilities of Aboriginal staff
  5. Work with others to achieve workforce priorities
  6. Track our achievements and improve our results

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.

Breadwinners' Programme 2017!

​An evaluation of the current NSW Health Breadwinners' programme, including the application and assessment process, will be undertaken in February in partnership with the University of Sydney.

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 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: Tuesday 7 March 2017