Increasing Indigenous employment

The Department of Education is committed to improving recruitment, retention and career development opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Indigenous) people.

To support this commitment and increase Indigenous employment, the department are implementing a special measures plan effective from 1 June 2016.

Special measures gives priority consideration to Indigenous people when applying for a position in the Department of Education. It also allows for certain categories of positions to be designated for Indigenous applicants.

Special measures will apply to all positions within the department with the exception of Teacher Recruitment System bulk recruitment for classroom teachers and the Northern Territory Public Service Graduate program. The department will look to extend special measures to these job categories in 2017.

Procedure for applying special measures

  1. Position is advertised and job description clearly indicates that special measures will be applied.
  2. Applicant indicates their Indigeneity and/or desire to be considered for special measures in their application and/or on e-Recruit in the ‘Workplace Diversity’ section.
  3. The selection panel assesses the ability of the special measures applicant(s) to meet the essential selection criteria and be suitable to perform the duties at a level commensurate with that of the position, and makes a recommendation to the relevant HR delegate. If there is more than on special measures applicant the selection decision will be based on merit.
  4. If the selection panel does not find an Indigenous applicant suitable, they must apply to the Public Sector Appeals & Grievance Review at OCPE for approval to be able to assess other applicants.

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Last updated: 12 October 2017