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J». AUSTRALIA,./!·

PRESS STATEMENT NO.

25 May 1973

ABORIGINAL EMPLOYMENT

The Australian Government will, take steps to recruit Aborigines into the Australian Public Service.

A team of senior officers from the Public Service Board and the Department of Aboriginal Affairs will leave on Sunday for several weeks of field investigations on employment opportunities for Aboriginals in the Public Service.

The Board has already established an inter-divisional committee to co-ordinate activities on the recuitment of · Aborigines. It is also holding discussions with the Departments of Labour and Aboriginal Affairs.on details of training and placement of Aborigines in the Public Service. A recruitment booklet for distribution among Aborigines

has been prepared by the Board and regular surveys of the numbers of Aboriginals in the Public Service will be carried out. .

The two-man team which will leave to study recruitment will comprise an officer of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and an officer of the Public Service Board's Organisation Division. It will conduct joint inspections of jobs performed

by Aboriginals on Aboriginal reserve communities near Alice Springs, Katherine and Darwin to determine their stability for incorporation into the Public Service. -

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The inspections will be followed by detailed discussions with senior officers from Public Service departments located in Darwin.

In their visits to Aboriginal reserve communities near Katherine and Darwin, the team will be accompanied by another officer of the Public Service Board who will be consulting with Aboriginal community spokesmen and departmental officers on difficulties faced by Aboriginals in seeking Public Service employment.

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Consultations will also be held with departmental officers in Darwin, Brisbane and Sydney, on the placement and training of Aboriginals and on proposals for regular surveys of the numbers of Aboriginal employed in the Public Service.

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CANBERRA, A.C.T.