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Does SAAS encourage Aboriginal people to apply?

Yes – most definitely.

SA Ambulance Service is committed to Aboriginal Reconciliation and closing the gap. To improve health outcomes for Aboriginal people, we have developed and implemented an Aboriginal Reconciliation Action Plan.

SA Ambulance Service has an Aboriginal Cadetship Program for Patient Transfer Officer roles. As part of our annual recruitment campaign, two Aboriginal candidates are selected to become cadets. They are offered a full time 12 month position and are allocated a mentor during the period. Additional supports are negotiated as required throughout the program.

SA Ambulance Service also supports a range of Aboriginal employment initiatives across the Government of South Australia including using the Aboriginal Employment Register. This register enables Aboriginal people to register for jobs in the South Australian Public Sector. SA Ambulance Service regularly advertises its vacancies through the Register and ensures Aboriginal people on the register are advised of our major campaigns.

If you are an Aboriginal person interested in being registered for roles in the Public Sector, click here to obtain further information.

As part of our recruitment practices, SA Ambulance Service has made changes to ensure our selection processes are culturally sound. If you identify as an Aboriginal person during the selection process, you will receive the following support:

  • Contacted by one of our current Aboriginal employees prior to an interview to answer any questions and reassure you about the process.
  • Offered mentoring support through our partners at Tauondi College to assist you with practice for any testing that is required as part of the selection process.
  • Allocated a “buddy” (one of our Aboriginal employees) when you commence that you can call at any time if you need any help.
  • Be provided with additional support to achieve training goals (if you undertake a Certificate III or Certificate IV with us).

SA Ambulance Service runs most recruitment information sessions at Aboriginal sites around South Australia and also uses Aboriginal facilities in the metropolitan area for selection interviews.


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