Why work with us?
Our department works hard for all Victorians by:
- creating more jobs for more people
- nurturing thriving places and regions
- building inclusive communities.
A career with us offers many rewards and challenges. Working with us is your opportunity to help shape the Victoria of the future.
Tracey Evans is a Gunditjmara/Bundjalung woman employed by the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR) as the Manager of Aboriginal Employment Programs, in the Aboriginal Economic Development (AED) Branch.
Tracey’s extensive career includes working at the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA), the Department of Justice and the Royal Melbourne Hospital. More recently, Tracey worked on the West Gate Tunnel Project where she placed 140 Aboriginal jobseekers into roles in her 18-month tenure.
Tracey took up the opportunity to work at DJPR late last year because she wanted to return to government and use her experience in Aboriginal employment to look at ways to create greater career pathways for her people.
She also relished the opportunity to work in a newly formed branch with new potential, and to work with a great leader of the community, Andrew Jackomos, Executive Director, AED Branch.
Tracey credits her career to always taking up learning and development opportunities. One of these learning opportunities was completing an Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Community Development.
Tracey also says her elders, aunties/uncles and cultural mentors have helped guide her in her career, to have a voice and become the strong woman she is today, in both her professional and personal life.
Tracey’s advice to others considering a career in government is to see what’s out there and apply. “Do your research, contact the person listed on the advertisement– ask lots of questions, look at the supporting documents on how to apply, or talk to someone from the community who works in government and can give you a feel for what it’s like.”
Tracey also says it’s important to ‘know your strengths’ and to look for roles that suit those skills so that you can truly empower yourself.
Kirsty Savage is a Wiradjuri woman from central-west NSW who works at the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR) as a Senior Project Officer in the Aboriginal Economic Development Branch.
In this role Kirsty coordinates grants and initiatives for the community, including the Aboriginal Economic Broker Grants program which supports place-based economic participation and development of Aboriginal communities.
She joined the department after eight years in the community sector, helping grow the Healesville Indigenous Community Services Association, now Oonah Belonging Place from a team of two to a staff of 20.
During her time at Healesville, Kirsty frequently worked with government departments and developed a curiosity about how these departments worked together to support communities. So when the opportunity to work at DJPR came up, she applied.
Kirsty was impressed by DJPR’s positive economic development role and the prospect of working with Andrew Jackomos, Executive Director of the Aboriginal Economic Development Branch and a well-respected figure in the Aboriginal community, was too good to pass up.
Now a few months in to her new role, Kirsty is enjoying working with the highly talented and supportive Aboriginal Economic Development team and relishing the opportunity to pick up new skills.
One skill she has had to develop quickly is writing for government. Kirsty pointed to the preparation of her first ever ministerial brief as a big win for her in this regard and sees many more uses for it in her professional life.
As part of her journey in her professional development, Kirsty credits a mentor at the Healesville Indigenous Community Services Association for teaching her about efficiency and output while always remaining focused on her purpose at work.
On a personal level, Kirsty praises her parents for her strong work ethic and instilling in her the importance of striving for excellence in everything she does while being generous and kind to others at the same time.
A Bachelor of Business graduate from Charles Sturt University, Kirsty sees a career future in the DJPR and recommends other Aboriginal professionals to consider the department as a starting place for their career in government.
Kirsty also recommends getting support when putting together an application, particularly if they are first-time applicants. She found hers from a cousin who had recently applied for a government role and was able to provide some useful guidance for her application.
Page last updated: 19 February 2020