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Our Reconciliation Action Plan

An aboriginal man with a boyThe Housing Authority (Housing) acknowledges Aboriginal People as the Traditional Owners of the country that we live, work and travel on in Western Australia, and pay our respects to the Elders both past present and into the future.

Housing’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is a welcome opportunity to play a vital role in closing the gap through providing affordable housing solutions and services that enhance the lives of the Aboriginal community. Our values are strongly reflective of our commitment to reconciliation through teamwork, respect and open communication as it provides our diverse workforce with opportunities for partnering and engagement.

The RAP provides a vision for reconciliation and outlines a range of strategies including promotion of opportunities for career development for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff; and our contribution toward sustainable business growth and economic participation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Training

The Housing Authority provides ongoing training and support for all staff throughout the state. One of the key objectives of Housing's Aboriginal Employment Strategy is to expand training and development programs and opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff within Housing.

The Housing Authority's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy provides focused direction to create and promote employment opportunities at Housing, and empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff to contribute effectively to enhance their own career opportunities at Housing. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy Action Plan provides specific activities, timeframes and responsibilities to achieve the attainment of priority areas and key objectives.

In addition to this within Housing's Service Delivery Central division, the Aboriginal Communication and Awareness Unit aims to improve service delivery and build positive relationships between Housing and our Aboriginal clients through community engagement and consultation and delivery of operational staff awareness training. This training raises awareness of current day issues and links to housing issues for Aboriginal people this assists staff in understanding and building capability in context of their roles and the services they provide to Aboriginal people on a daily basis. 

Aboriginal Traineeship Program

The Aboriginal Traineeship Program is an employment-based training initiative here at Housing which provides young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, 25 years of age and under, with an opportunity to develop public administration skills and competencies. The program is one of the many strategies signalled in the Aboriginal Employment Strategy and is co-ordinated by the Housing Authority in partnership with the Public Sector Commission.

The traineeship is for a period of 12 months which will enable trainees to develop skills in public administration and build a sustainable career pathway. Trainees are paid a fortnightly wage for the training they undertake.

On successful completion of the traineeship, trainees will receive a nationally and industry recognised qualification – Certificate II, III or IV in Government with ongoing employment provided at the end of the traineeship.

If you have any questions regarding the above information please contact the Housing Authority via:

Email: rap@housing.wa.gov.au

Patricia Foot, Housing Authority Aboriginal Traineeship Coordinator
Phone (08) 6318 8321
Email: Patricia.Foot@housing.wa.gov.au

Public Sector Aboriginal Employment Branch
Phone: (08) 6552 8624 or
Email: aboriginalemployment@psc.wa.gov.au

 

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