26 September 2023

New hub for First Nation recruitment

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The Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) has launched a new recruitment hub to assist APS Departments and Agencies recruit more First Nation staff members.

Announcing its new Affirmative Measure Recruitment Hub, the Commission said the hub provided an innovative suite of end-to-end guidance, tools and resources to support Agencies in recruiting First Nations talent.

“The Affirmative Measure Recruitment Hub is a GovTeams page and community for anyone involved in recruiting and on-boarding First Nations staff,” the APSC said.

“The guidance is designed to supplement and complement Agencies’ current recruitment processes to help agencies recruit First Nations people in a culturally safe way.”

It said the Hub included end-to-end guidance on every step of the recruitment process from job design to advertising, assessment and interviewing, merit lists and on-boarding, as well as adaptable templates and resources.

The APSC said its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employee Value Proposition: A Tool for Recruiters, available on the Hub, contained templates and suggested wording, hints and checklists to help Agencies create compelling recruitment campaigns specific to the Agency and the vacancy.

“The Affirmative Measure Recruitment Hub is the result of a collaborative project run by the Inclusion Group at the APSC,” the Commission said.

“The Inclusion Group works with other teams across the APSC, the Australian Public Service (APS) and Commonwealth to create an inclusive public sector workforce for the future,” it said.

“The Hub is the key output of the six-month cross-agency Affirmative Measure Indigenous Recruitment project involving 23 Agencies.”

It said any Commonwealth employee could request access to the Hub by emailing [email protected].

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