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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 17 August 2017) . . Page.. 2999 ..


(1) Within the Justice and Community Safety Directorate (a) what is the percentage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) employees, (b) is the target for the Directorate being met; if not, why not and what efforts are being made to increase the number of ATSI employees to meet the required target, (c) what levels are ATSI employees typically employed at and (d) what is the highest public service level.

(2) What steps has the Directorate taken to educate and equip staff to be (a) more culturally aware of not just ATSI peoples, (b) more culturally aware of ethnically diverse groups in the ACT and (c) who runs the cultural programs, if any.

(3) What mentoring and leadership programs have been established in the Directorate that target current ATSI staff members and nurtures them to get the skills and experience to progress in public service careers.

(4) What is the retention rate of indigenous employees and what initiatives are aimed at retaining indigenous staff in the Directorate.

Mr Ramsay: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) Justice and Community Safety (JACS) Directorate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees, targets, classification, cultural programs, mentoring and leadership are broken down as follows:

a) The total percentage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees in JACS is 2.64 per cent (which equates to 48 employees whom self-identify against a total employee headcount of 1817 as at 31 May 2017).

b) JACS are on track and achieving well against our employment target of 41 (set by the Head of Service on 6 April 2017) for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

c) The following table gives a classification breakdown of our Indigenous employees.

Classification

Number of Employees

Administrative Service Officer Class 2

2

Administrative Service Officer Class 3

4

Administrative Service Officer Class 4

2

Administrative Service Officer Class 5

2

Administrative Service Officer Class 6

16

Senior Officer Grade C

2

Senior Officer Grade B

2

Contract Executive

1

Correctional Officer Class 1

9

Fire Brigade 2

1

Fire Brigade 4

3

Ambulance Support Officer 1

1

Ambulance Paramedic

1

Intensive Care Paramedic Level 1

1

Para Legal Grade 2

1

Grand Total

48


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