Page 893 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 22 March 2017

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essential ingredient in successful community policing. ACT Policing aims to reflect the diversity of the community that it represents.

The newest graduating class, for example, bring a range of skills and backgrounds, and those include degrees in forensic science and biochemistry, science, economics, arts, and prior employment in contract management, child protection, IT, law and management. Along with many other members of this chamber, I can personally attest to the value of a diverse employment history and experience in taking on a role that involves serving our community.

So I commend again those in our community who have taken their own path to ACT Policing and welcome the variety of experience they bring.

Mr Barr: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders—unemployment

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: Earlier today I was asked a question by Mr Milligan regarding Indigenous employment in the ACT. I have some further information on ACT public service initiatives that may be of interest to the chamber. I have been advised that the workforce capability and governance division within the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate has led a number of programs and initiatives to improve the employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the ACT public service.

As I mentioned, this includes the ACTPS Indigenous traineeship program, which is a one-year program providing trainees with the opportunity to gain valuable skills and knowledge and to develop networks across the ACT public service. The traineeship also affords trainees professional development through the completion of individual base certifications. Trainees are placed in permanent positions within the ACTPS on the successful completion of their placements.

A second ACTPS Indigenous traineeship was advertised in October 2016 and trainees are commencing this month. In addition, the 2016 and 2017 ACTPS graduate programs have placed a particular focus on advertising to enhance the profile of available positions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

ACTPS-wide initiatives are supplemented and enhanced by directorate and agency-specific efforts to reach the two per cent employment target, including directorate-specific Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment action plans and reconciliation action plans.

The 2016-17 budget included new initiatives that support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and that progress the commitment to equitable outcomes in the ACT, including improving career opportunities. This includes investment of $107,000 in additional mentoring and training for existing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff in the ACT public service to improve their career development outcomes. Madam Speaker, I note that there was more evidence provided on this in

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