Reconciliation artwork designed by Aboriginal artist, Gary SaundersReconciliation artwork designed by Aboriginal artist, Gary Saunders, for Austin Health's Reconciliation Action PlanReconciliation artwork designed by Aboriginal artist, Gary Saunders, for Austin Health's Reconciliation Action Plan


Aboriginal Employment

Austin Health acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to Elders, past, present and emerging.

Our commitment to Aboriginal employment

Please note the term "Aboriginal" will be used to refer to both Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

At Austin Health we’re committed to increasing and supporting Aboriginal employment, and ensuring that our Aboriginal staff are provided with opportunities to thrive and succeed in their chosen careers. 

Our Aboriginal Employment Plan 2021-24 will guide our priorities and ensure that we are focused on initiatives that support us to attract, retain and develop Aboriginal employees. 

Our priorities are to:

  • Increase employment opportunities for Aboriginal Peoples across our health service
  • Build meaningful relationships across the community and be known as an employer of choice for Aboriginal Peoples
  • Strengthen our relationships with Aboriginal community groups, high schools, universities, employment networks, TAFEs and career pathway providers
  • Build a culturally safe workplace for our staff, patients and community.

We recognise that providing meaningful employment and development opportunities has the potential to transform the lives of Aboriginal people, their families and the community. We also appreciate that employing Aboriginal staff will support our patients and have a significantly positive impact on the care that we provide them and the experience of their community who support them through their health journey.

Accordingly, we are committed to taking deliberate steps to increase our Aboriginal workforce encouraging them with their career goals and aspirations and ensuring that they feel safe and supported in their roles.

Our goal is for Austin Health to be an employer of choice for the Aboriginal community.

Career opportunities

There are a wide range of opportunities available including:

  • Medical positions
  • Graduate Nursing Program
  • Aboriginal Nursing/Allied Health Cadetship Program
  • Allied Health positions
  • Administration and support roles.

Support resources

We’ve developed a number of support resources to assist applicants when applying for available positions, preparing for interview or wishing to express interest in working at Austin Health:

For any further information or support, please contact our Aboriginal Employment Coordinator via email: Diversity&

Benefits of working with us

 There are a number of supports available to Aboriginal employees when you join Austin Health:

  • We’ve created an Aboriginal staff group for our employees to be able to connect and support each other.
  • Connection to our Aboriginal Health Program Ngarra Jarra team.
  • Cultural and ceremonial leave – Austin Health supports equal opportunity in employment and part of that commitment is recognising that there may be occasions where leave is required to deal with matters of cultural importance. 
  • Our Aboriginal Employment Coordinator is available to work with you and your manager to help provide guidance around career opportunities and pathways.