Aboriginal Recruitment

We welcome and value the professional expertise, cultural knowledge and life experience that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people bring to the workplace and we are committed to increasing the participation of Aboriginal people across all areas of the department.

Our department is focused on providing a workplace that demonstrates cultural capability, supporting Aboriginal recruitment and retention, with deep respect for cultural needs as outlined in the DHS Aboriginal Workforce Strategy.

We have opportunities for entry level roles, professional positions, student and traineeship programs, and direct service delivery roles to work with clients.

Job opportunities for Aboriginal people

We have roles available across many areas of our department, with frontline service opportunities to work with Aboriginal clients and communities in:

We support Aboriginal and Torres Strait people to gain employment through:

Aboriginal Traineeship Program

We have partnered with the Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment, Tauondi College and HitSa to open some exciting entry level employment opportunities for members of the South Australian Aboriginal community. There are office-based and frontline service roles available, with the opportunity to undertake nationally recognised qualifications during the traineeship.


You must be aged 17 at time of applying in order to be considered for these opportunities.

How to apply

To apply, email our team at DHSOrganisationalDevelopment@sa.gov.au.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university student pathways

If you are an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander student and are studying university level education, we want to hear from you!

We can work with you to tailor a university partnership, with office-based and frontline service roles available. You will have the opportunity to develop and apply your academic knowledge in a professional work environment, with mentoring programs specific to your needs.

How to apply

To apply, email our team at DHSOrganisationalDevelopment@sa.gov.au.

Aboriginal workforce supports

We pride ourselves on providing a safe and inclusive work environment for all staff. It is important to us that each employee can be empowered to bring their full and unique selves to their role and workplace. We recognise Aboriginal life experience as a core capability to the roles we have on offer.

We have invested and taken the next step in our reconciliation journey by launching our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan to which we commit ourselves in all areas of our business.

Other supports for Aboriginal staff and initiatives include:

  • DHS Aboriginal Leadership Group
  • DHS Nunga Network collective
  • Principal Aboriginal Workforce Consultant
  • Professional development and career pathways
  • Study leave provisions
  • Cultural mentoring supports.

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Page last updated 23 January 2024