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Annual Report 1986/1987 Public Service Commissioner for the Northern Territory



Annual Report 1986/1987 Public Service Commissioner for the Northern Territory

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Tabled Papers for 5th Assembly 1987 - 1990; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT






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26 ABORIGINAL DEVELOPMENT DIVISION In line with the Government's policy on increasing the level of participation of Aboriginals within the public sector the Aboriginal Development Division (ADD) was established in January 1984 to; increase the participation of Aboriginal people in the public sector to 20% by 1990; improve basic work skills and achieve upward mobility of Aborigines employed in the Northern Territory Public Service (NTPS), and facilitate the understanding and increase effective work communication between Aborigines and non-Aborigines in the NTPS through cross cultural programs. As part of this role the Division is frequently approached to provide representative or specialist input on interview panels, both within and outside the NTPS. The Division is used for advice/support in all aspects of Aboriginal Affairs, including representation on committees, including Tertiary study and further education, presentation at workshop and seminars, and the provision of advice to non-government organisations. The Division has established a comprehensive developmental program which primarily services NTPS Departments and Statutory Authorities and its areas of activities have been organised into specific projects or programs which are all inter-linked and are the foundation for the NTPS Aboriginal Development Program. Work Base Skills Program The Work Base Skills Program which resulted from the survey of basic work skills requirements has grown significantly since its beginning in 1985. These courses offered by the Division will continue to reflect the demands of personnel managers and Aboriginal employees as well as complement staff development programs and cater for the career aspirations of Aboriginals in the Northern Territory. The number of Work Based Skills Courses available to Aboriginal employees in the public sector has been further increased in the last twelve months with six additional courses being developed to enhance the range of training available.