Building the Aboriginal workforce ensures that the department’s services are culturally safe and responsive. We work toward improving social measures and the health and wellbeing of all Aboriginal people.

Our goal is to provide a dynamic and diverse workforce that delivers inclusive policy development and service delivery to our communities.

Cultural safety for Aboriginal communities and employees is critical for our success.

Our Aboriginal Employment Strategy 2016 - 2021 commits us to increasing Aboriginal employee numbers to two per cent of the total workforce and to improving career pathways so more of our Aboriginal workforce is empowered to take on senior leadership roles now and into the future.

The department provides an Aboriginal Staff Support Network to support all Aboriginal employees.

For information about Aboriginal employment contact the Diversity and Inclusion unit email


Aboriginal Mental Health Traineeship Program

The Aboriginal Mental Health Traineeship Program is now open, with up to ten places open to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders who live in Victoria. 

We are building a mental health workforce that can meet the social and emotional wellbeing needs of Aboriginal people and provide culturally safe and inclusive mental health care for all Victorians.

The Aboriginal Mental Health Traineeship program is a new workforce strategy that will introduce Aboriginal mental health professionals with Aboriginal knowledge and practice skills to mental health services. 

The three-year program pays participants to work under supervision in Victorian health services while they are supported to complete a Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health) from Charles Sturt University. 

Aboriginal employment INTRAIN scholarship

INTRAIN scholarships support employment participation and opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Victoria.

Scholarships for 2018 have now been allocated. There will be a new round in 2019.