South Australia's Strategic Plan is comprised of 100 targets. These targets are specific and measurable and enable us to measure our progress towards achieving the Plan's visions and goals.

Each target is reported on through this section of the website. Data has been updated as at December 2017.


53. Aboriginal employees:

Increase the participation of Aboriginal people in the South Australian public sector, spread across all classifications and agencies, to 2% by 2014 and maintain or better those levels through to 2020

Key Measure


Explanatory Comments

At June 2017, 1.89% of employees in the South Australian Public Sector were Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander (ATSI). This was considerably higher than the 2003 (baseline) figure of 0.92%.

Reporting against this target relies on employees self-identifying their ATSI status, which may result in some under-representation of the true number of ATSI employees.

While the 2% target has not yet been achieved, it is notable that the number of ATSI employees more than doubled between 2003 and 2017 (increasing from 784 to 2,007 respectively).

At June 2017, 1.82% of male employees and 1.92% of female employees in the South Australian public sector identified as ATSI.

The Office for the Public Sector is working in collaboration with the Aboriginal Employment Public Sector Industry Cluster (AEPSIC) group to further increase the participation of ATSI employees in the public sector workforce.

The Aboriginal Recruitment Program – Aboriginal Employment Register is an Equal Employment Opportunity program under the Public Sector Act 2009 and a mechanism used to employ Aboriginal people into the South Australian Public Sector. The register provides an avenue for agencies to lodge their vacancies to seek suitable Aboriginal candidates to consider prior to advertising.

A '1800' (free call) Aboriginal employment line exists to offer a culturally safe information service for Aboriginal people enquiring about employment opportunities in the South Australian Public Sector.

The Office for the Public Sector provides a mentoring program designed to support career pathways and assist with the retention rates of ATSI employees.

Expanded eligibility requirements were in place for ATSI graduates and trainees recruited under the Jobs4Youth program, which was designed to increase employment opportunities for graduates and trainees.  

Lead Agency

Office for the Public Sector

Disaggregated data