Administration Support Officer, City of Port Phillip
Indigenous Recruitment Strategy: Building Stronger
Submission from the City of Port Phillip Building Stronger Communities
Indigenous Recruitment Strategy
The City of Port Phillip is an inner bayside municipality
with a culturally diverse population of 75, 000 people.
The City of Port Phillip is committed to policy and practice
which celebrates cultural diversity. Council's Corporate Plan
provides the context for this in its Key Result Area I - which
is about 'Building Stronger Communities' through valuing diversity.
In particular, Council will "continue to advocate and address
issues of racism and discrimination towards Koorie people, people
from different cultures and gay and lesbian people" and
" promote reconciliation with Port Phillip's traditional
Council is active in promoting inclusive workplace practices
as well as diversity and inclusiveness in its broader community
work. Whilst this presentation concentrates on the INDIGENOUS
RECRUITMENT STRATEGY, it is also important to recognise our work
in other areas addressed in the Corporate Plan Key Result Area
1 Workplace initiatives include the following:
- The indigenous recruitment strategy is a commitment to provide
6 indigenous traineeships over 3 years, with a commitment to
providing permanent full-time positions at the end of each traineeship.
- Celebrating diversity and difference training is provided to
raise staff awareness of issues for the gay and lesbian community.
The Koorie community and the multicultural community (2 sessions
on each area are provided per year).
- Employment practices are inclusive and active recruitment of
people from other cultures, religions and diverse sexual orientation
Community initiatives include:
- a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with our indigenous community
- the MOU addresses issues of equitable access to Council services,
economic development opportunities, democratic representation
and sites of cultural significance for our indigenous community.
- Council celebrates NAIDOC with a month of cultural events and
- Council developed a Statement of Commitment to its gay and
lesbian community in 1996 and has a gay and lesbian advisory
committee which has committed to an action plan to address homophobia.
- Council adopted a Multicultural Plan in 1996, which addresses
issues of governance, planning and service delivery. A Multicultural
Advisory Committee works in conjunction with Council in the Plan's
- This year a multicultural awareness program for Council staff
and community workers was initiated. The program commenced with
a performance by a group of refugees, who through song and story
telling were able to articulate the issues of displacement and
alienation experienced by many new settlers. The performance
"I came without my mothers hand" was videotaped for
use as an educational tool for Council and the community.
- Production of posters in 7 community languages which outline
the goals of the Health & Safer City Plan for the City of
Port Phillip as well as information on the environment strategy
and ways of contributing to a sustainable environment.
- Council's language link service provides access for all non-English
speakers who can speak via telephone to Council staff with the
assistance of interpreters.
- As a tangible measure of its commitment to diversity, Council
has invested heavily in housing infrastructure so that it now
has the largest local government housing program in the country.
It has done this to ensure that the provision of social housing
is maintained in a climate of increasing gentrification. Council
has contributed $11m. since 1985, leveraging a further $35m in
state grants and developer contributions to house 500 disadvantaged
Finally, in all its activities the City looks beyond the promotion
of tolerance to a commitment to the celebration of difference,
as major contribution to cultural vitality and social sustainability.
Kerry Kennell is an 18 year old Torres Strait Islander, originally
from Queensland. Born in Brisbane, Kerry started her schooling
career and went on to graduate in 2000 at Wodonga High School,
Wodonga Victoria. Before graduating Kerry applied to study at
La Trobe University in 2001 and was successful with her application.
Kerry deferred for 12 months and is now working through a Traineeship
in Business Administration as part of the Indigenous Recruitment
Strategy with the City of Port Phillip, meanwhile gaining experience
and knowledge in the workplace before taking on further studies.
30 min. Paper