Foster a diverse workplace culture

Having a diverse workplace that welcomes employees of all backgrounds, including Indigenous Australians, brings a range of benefits to your business.

Since commencement of our Indigenous employment strategy nearly ten years ago, Novaskill have developed a comprehensive suite of Indigenous employment programs.

Due to our achievements in closing the education and employment gap between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians, Novaskill have been engaged by the Federal Government to deliver a range of programs.

Internally, Novaskill have a dedicated Indigenous Engagement Strategy that outlines our objectives and proposed activities. Some of the key features of this strategy include:

  • Achieve and maintain a 10% share of Novaskill workforce to be Indigenous
  • Promote innovative Indigenous employment and training programs
  • Promote Indigenous specific positions across our branch network
  • Employment of dedicated Indigenous Employment coordinator and team of staff

We’re proud to be committed to supporting the Federal Government’s objective of halving the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous employment outcomes within a decade.

We work with local communities across our regions to assist businesses provide real and sustainable job opportunities for Indigenous workers through:

  • Pre-employment preparation
  • “Work Ready” Training
  • Ongoing structured mentoring support
  • On-site workplace visits
  • Cultural awareness training
  • Tailored employment pathway options
  • Post program support and transition

Indigenous Employment Team

Novaskill’s Indigenous Employment Team delivers a one to one mentoring and support program to Indigenous employees and their host employer. The support we offer is tailored in line with the workplace structure, size of the organisation, the employers’ experience in offering the workplace element of School Based Traineeships and the employers’ experience in employing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Novaskills’ Indigenous Employment Team can assist workplaces with the development of an Indigenous Employment Strategy and arrange cultural awareness training delivered by suitably qualified trainers in line with cultural sensitivities relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.The Indigenous Employment Team will also provide an induction package and/or training for Employers in relation to Apprentices, Trainees and School Based Trainees and employing young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Free one-on-one mentoring

A highlight of our Indigenous Programs is the development and evolution of our Indigenous mentoring service. Novaskill have developed our own customised mentoring materials including a workbook for trainees to work through. The workbook covers areas like goal setting, employer expectation, time management, self-confidence and basic life skills. This type of support is vital to assist with the retention of Indigenous trainees.

“I would like to express my strong support for the Novaskill Indigenous employment Program which I am currently participating in its Indigenous mentoring program has been a tremendous help to myself enhancing my Study ethic, work and life skills to a much higher level I have enjoyed participating in the mentoring session provided by the Novaskill mentoring program and believe it has helped me develop my skills, abilities and confidence within the workplace and also developed my understanding of my employers expectations.”  – Colby S 1st Year Apprentice


Novaskill would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work. We are honoured to be on the ancestral lands of those whose cultures are among the oldest living cultures in human history. We pay respect to the Elders, past, present and to the younger generation of the community who will be the future leaders in years to come.

Novaskill are proud providers of The Indigenous Career Pathway Program, an initiative funded by the Australian Government.

For more information about the many benefits of employing an indigenous Australian, please contact us