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A collage of images of the Alice Springs Desert Park

The Northern Territory Public Sector, as the largest single employer within the Northern Territory, is responsible for providing a large range of services to the community.

In the Northern Territory Public Sector, selection is based on the merit principle. The Merit Selection Guide was developed by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment to encourage a fair, consistent and equitable process that is both flexible and speedy in its application.

For more information on the positions available at the Alice Springs Desert Park, visit the Northern Territory Government Website.

Aboriginal Employment @ the Alice Springs Desert Park

The Alice Springs Desert Park showcases to visitors, Central Australia’s unique fauna and flora, in a series of natural habitats. Our Park is a key tourism attraction, providing economic outcomes for the region and the Territory by attracting more visitors and encouraging them to stay longer.

We contribute to conservation outcomes by breeding threatened species and delivering environmental education through interpretation and education to the public and schools. We also deliver social outcomes through Aboriginal employment and improving cross cultural understanding.

It is in our best interest to ensure our Aboriginal Employment Program is a success. Employing local Aboriginal people enriches us as individuals, as storytellers and as an organisation.

Aboriginal Employment is core business at the Alice Springs Desert Park. We have had a very successful program since 1996 prior to the Park opening in 1997. 22% of our staff are local Aboriginal people and we regularly contract Apmereke-artweye (Traditional Owners) and other local elders as contractors for advice, guidance, permission and training.

We are working with Desert Knowledge CRC not only to better understand the success of this program, but more importantly, to be able to build upon and share those successes. There is more information at this site.

The success of our program has built self esteem within individuals which has had a flow on effect to their families and our community.  We believe some of the keys to our success have been our creative recruitment, relationship style management, flexible employment arrangements and the development of real career pathways & opportunities

Below is a snapshot of some of the things we have learned so far:   

2011 Our work is about learning, colleagues, culture & place

2010 Aboriginal employment models that increase access and sustainability: A framework for success
1998 Training of Aboriginal Tour Guides at the Alice Springs Desert Park.
2000 Consulting with Central Australian Aboriginal people about cultural Interpretation.
2002 Ministers Award – New Apprentices at the Alice Springs Desert Park.
2003 Aboriginal Apprenticeships Program at the Alice Springs Desert Park.
2003 Hugh Woodbury Testimonial
2003 Indigenous Employment and Training at the Alice Springs Desert Park.
2005 Inquiry into Indigenous Employment - ASDP Submission
2006 Cultural Mentors Work

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