I joined the Department in 2015 as a trainee, and my first rotation was in the Work Health and Safety team. On a day to day basis I assist with arranging workstation assessments and equipment orders for employees. I get involved with safety promotions and events along with writing safety articles for ENTR (the Department's intranet). I also have projects to work on that often involve improving safety guidelines for the Department. I really enjoy the work I do and the people I work with are amazing. I have a supervisor and manager who are both extremely approachable and I get a lot of positive response to the work I do.
The work hours are also great and can be flexible when you need it. There is an established Indigenous Staff Network who meet regularly and address the broader issues facing Indigenous staff in the Department. For more personal issues, the Department has a Diversity Team who are approachable, knowledgeable and willing to offer help and advice. I enjoy meeting with other Indigenous people and knowing that we have a support network to promote Indigenous involvement in the Department. The social aspect of the ISN is great as well. We have monthly lunches where everyone can interact on a more social level and get to know each other a bit better. My advice to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people thinking of joining the Department is to give it a go. This job offers me stability, financial security and a good work/family life balance. The opportunities for advancement and movement across Departments of Government are impressive and the work conditions are better than the private sector.