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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 11 May 2017) . . Page.. 1865 ..


(1) In relation to supporting the mentoring and leadership development of indigenous employees in the Community Services Directorate, can the Minister advise what mentoring programs or initiatives are in place to support the indigenous staff employed in the Directorate and how often are these accessed by indigenous employees.

(2) What is done to encourage the engagement of indigenous staff in the Directorate in the mentoring programs.

(3) Who is employed to deliver the mentoring programs.

(4) What are the attendance rates and outcomes of the mentoring programs for the staff who have undertaken them.

(5) What leadership programs are in place to support the indigenous staff employed in the Directorate and how often are these accessed by your indigenous employees.

(6) What is done to encourage the engagement of indigenous staff in the Directorate in the leadership programs.

(7) Who is employed to deliver the leadership programs.

(8) What are the attendance rates and outcomes of the leadership programs for the staff who have undertaken them.

Ms Stephen-Smith: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) Currently there are no mentoring programs specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff employed in the Community Services Directorate (CSD), however, staff do access individual mentoring arrangements.

CSD provides a range of staff development opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees, including:

performance management plans;

succession planning and management;

provision of study assistance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; and,

The Housing Manager Trainee Program that provides an entry level structured approach to tenancy management.

(2) The ACT Public Sector Standards Commissioner – who is also the champion of Murranga Murranga (Whole-of-government Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Staff network) engages staff through all-staff emails.

Messaging is also provided through the Murranga Murranga network, of which a number of CSD Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander are members. Murranga Murranga messaging is provided to those employees who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander employees only.

(3) Individual mentoring relationships are arranged with mentors being sourced from CSD, across government and from the community.


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