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Employers can find Aboriginal employees through a range of services and coordinators.

Aboriginal Workforce Participation Coordinators

Aboriginal Workforce Participation Coordinators are located across metropolitan and regional South Australia. They provide:

  • information and advice to employers to help them recruit Aboriginal employees
  • information and advice to employers to help them support Aboriginal employees once they’re in employment
  • information on grants, funding and subsidies available for employing Aboriginal people.

Contact your nearest Aboriginal Workforce Participation Coordinator :

Eastern-Northern Adelaide/Adelaide Hills Region
Lesley Rachwal
Phone 8207 1129
Mobile 0407 394 822
Email lesley.rachwal@sa.gov.au  

Southern Adelaide/Fleurieu Peninsula
Kathryn Bullock
Mobile 0428 112 898
Email kathryn.bullock@sa.gov.au

Northern Partnership/Mid North
Angela Hart
Phone 8207 9744
Mobile 0428 112 891
Email angela.hart@sa.gov.au

Riverland/Murraylands Region
Ken Liddle
Phone 8580 8500
Mobile 0427 800 369
Email ken.liddle@sa.gov.au

Whyalla
Peter Ashby
Mobile 0428 114 988
Email peter.ashby@sa.gov.au

Far North / Southern Flinders / Yorke Regions
Karen Garrett
Phone 8642 3059
Mobile 0488 064 976
Email karen.garrett2@sa.gov.au

Eyre
Ivan Phillips
Mobile 0427 800367
Email ivan.phillips@sa.gov.au

TAFE SA Aboriginal Access Centres

Aboriginal Access Centres provide information on Aboriginal recruitment and retention as well as information about cultural, historical and contemporary issues that may assist workplace cultural awareness. The program is facilitated by Aboriginal people and is tailored to suit the employer’s needs.

Contact Sandra Hanson on 8207 8809 or email sandra.hanson@sa.gov.au or call the Infoline and we'll put you in touch with the centre nearest you. 

Indigenous Employment Program

The Indigenous Employment Program (IEP) provides tailored assistance packages to employers. This includes pre-employment and on-the-job training for Aboriginal recruits, wage subsidies of up to $6,600 and mentor support for Indigenous employees.

Call the Infoline.

Aboriginal Apprenticeship Program

The Aboriginal Apprenticeship Program (AAP) provides incentives for private sector employers to employ Aboriginal people as trade-based apprentices. Intensive support is provided to participants for the duration of the apprenticeship. Subsidies are available depending on the length of the apprenticeship.

For details about incentives see Support for employers of Aboriginal apprentices and trainees.

Call the Infoline.

Indigenous Wage Subsidy

The Indigenous Wage Subsidy is an incentive paid to eligible employers who employ Aboriginal people on an ongoing basis. It consists of:

  • $6,600 (including GST) over 26 weeks for ongoing full-time employment (35 hours or more per week)
  • $3,300 (including GST) over 26 weeks for ongoing part-time work of at least 15 hours per week, each week
  • A set rate subsidy of $4,400 for full-time positions and a retention bonus of $1,100 after 13 and 26 weeks of employment
  • A set rate subsidy of $2,200 for part-time positions and a retention bonus of $550 after 13 and 26 weeks of employment.

Visit Indigenous Wage Subsidy for more information.

Indigenous Cadetship Support

The Indigenous Cadetship Support program links full-time Aboriginal students undertaking a diploma, advanced diploma or their first undergraduate degree with employers who can offer work placements and ongoing employment when they finish their studies.

The program provides up to $15,400 per annum to support Aboriginal cadets with a living allowance and study-related costs and to offset employer administration costs. Funding for eligible employers comprises:

  • $12,000 for a study allowance (paid as wage-like payments) for the period of full-time study
  • $1,000 for books and equipment
  • $1,000 for employer administrative costs
  • $1,400 in GST.

Visit DEEWR Indigenous Cadetship Support for more information or free call 18 02 102.

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