NSW Health Aboriginal Workforce Strategic Framework 2016 - 2020

Aboriginal Workforce Strategic FrameworkThe ​NSW Health Good Health - Great Jobs: Aboriginal Workforce Strategic Framework 2016 - 2020 (the Framework) is intended to support local health districts, specialty health networks and other NSW health organisations to grow and develop their Aboriginal workforce. Building on the 2011 - 2015 Framework, it sets out the Aboriginal workforce development priorities and desired outcomes for NSW health for the period 2016 - 2020 and the key actions that need to be taken to achieve these priorities and outcomes.

The Framework is structured around six key priority areas:

  • lead and plan Aboriginal workforce development
  • build cultural understanding and respect
  • attract, recruit and retain Aboriginal staff
  • develop the capabilities of Aboriginal staff
  • work with others to achieve workforce priorities
  • track our achievements and improve results

While the Aboriginal representation in the NSW health workforce has grown, organisations will continue to set their own targets, based on local Aboriginal populations and specific Aboriginal health service needs. This includes not only organisations servicing regional areas with higher Aboriginal population shares, but also organisations in Sydney metropolitan area (blue mountains, central coast) where around a third of the Aboriginal population of NSW live; and is inclusive of local government areas with large Aboriginal community populations and suburbs with large Aboriginal communities. All of NSW health will be actively contributing to the achievement of our Aboriginal workforce - even small specialist organisations.

Report collection

  • The Statewide Management Reporting Service (SMRS), HealthShare NSW, will produce the outcomes for the first six key performance indicators (KPIs).
  • KPIs seven and eight are to be completed by local health districts, specialty networks and other NSW health organisations.
  • Respecting the Difference eLearning and face to face course attendance data, KPI nine, is collected through the Health Education Training Institute (HETI) reporting processes.
  • The report for each agency will be sent to the Aboriginal workforce team for review and inclusion in the development of the Good Health - Great Jobs: Key Performance Indicator Report which will be disseminated to agencies.

The  Local to National Reporting Governance Flowchart illustrates the reporting process in place for the NSW Health Aboriginal Workforce Strategic Framework 2016 - 2020.

As part of the implementation of the NSW health Good Health - Great Jobs: the NSW Health Aboriginal Workforce Strategic Framework 2016 - 2020, local health districts, other public health organisations and the Ministry of Health are required to provide annual reports on the key performance indicators (KPIs) set out in the Framework.

Previous reports for 2011 - 2015 include:

Policy context

The Framework is informed by the State and National policy contexts within which we operate.

Key State and National policies include:

About the Artwork

"To Aboriginal people, land is what makes us who we are, what sustains us... Through my art I aim to visually articulate all that land is; its past, its present and its future" - Jessica Birk, Artist.

The artwork used to represent the Aboriginal Workforce Strategic Framework is called 'Stepping Up'. It was painted by Jessica Birk, a Yaegl descendant of Northern NSW, born and raised on the Northern Beaches, Sydney.

The artwork represents Aboriginal people from all parts of NSW on a journey towards the top of the hill. With one foot firmly on the earth, the other just hovering above in an effort to achieve more, with the sky being the only limit to people's opportunities.​​


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Four figures stepping towards a sunrise ​

Page Updated: Thursday 25 May 2017