Elsa Dixon Aboriginal Employment Program (EDAEP)

Elsa Dixon Aboriginal Employment Program

The EDAEP provides funding to organisations to support Aboriginal education, employment and training by

  • subsidising the salary, development and support costs of Aboriginal employees in a public service agency or local council
  • funding innovative community projects
  • supporting work experience for aboriginal students in their final year of a degree or post degree course.

2017-18 Applications are Now Open

Applications are being invited from public and local government agencies and Aboriginal organisations (small grants element only) to apply for funding under the 2017-18 Elsa Dixon Aboriginal Employment Program. Applications open on Monday 20th February and close on Sunday 19th March 2017. Applications intending to apply will need to register with NSW eTendering in order to access the applications documents.


The aim of the EDAEP is to promote diversity, innovation and service responsiveness in the NSW workforce by reducing barriers to employment and improving  promotional opportunities for Aboriginal people.


  • encourages the permanent employment and professional mobility of Aboriginal people in NSW public service agencies and local government authorities
  • provides special incentives for the employment of Aboriginal people with a disability
  • promotes innovation in achieving vocational outcomes for Aboriginal people.


The EDAEP is comprised of four (4) elements:

  • Permanent (ongoing) Employment
    provides a $40,000 grant to support the permanant employment of an Aboriginal person in a NSW public service agency or local government authority
  • Temporary (term employment) Secondment
    provides a $40,000 grant to support a temporary position (up to twelve months) that will provide a significant skill development opportunity for an Aboriginal person who is already permanently employed in a NSW public service agency or local government authority
  • Aboriginal Community Small Grants
    provides small grants for community-based projects that have the potential to create education, employment and training opportunities for Aboriginal people
  • School Based Traineeship Element
    provides a $10,000 grant to support a School Based Trainineeship in a NSW public service agency or local government authority

2016-17 Aboriginal Positions funded by Agency

Successful agencies and Aboriginal positions available under the program 2016-17.

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For more information and assistance on the tender process and guidelines contact State Training Services  - Aboriginal Training Co-ordinators 

Page last updated: 20 February 2017