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About the Victorian public sector

The public sector supports the elected Government to service the Victorian people. It does this by providing services to the public and by supporting Ministers to develop and implement policies. We're also responsible for building and maintaining phsyical and social transport in Victoria, as well as managing resources and administering state finances.

The public sector includes key areas, such as:

  • health and community services
  • education
  • law and order
  • transport
  • environment
  • industry development

We're responsible for funding, delivering and regulating a range of public services on behalf of the State Government. Critical such as public hospitals, schools and TAFE institutes, courts and corrections system and major roads and public transport represent the most visible areas of public sector activity.

What does the Victorian public sector look like?

The Victorian public sector is made up of the Victorian Public Service and what we call public entities. The diagram on the following page shows how it all fits together.

Victorian Public Service (VPS)

While part of the wider sector, the VPS includes the ten State Government and 16 portfolio related authorities and offices. The ten departments are:

  • Department of Business and Innovation
  • Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
  • Department of Human Services
  • Department of Health
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of Planning and Community Development
  • Department of Premier and Cabinet
  • Department of Primary Industries
  • Department of Sustainability and Environment
  • Department of Transport
  • Department of Treasury and Finance

Our portfolio offices and agencies work closely with departments. For example, the Environment Protetction Authority is part of Sustainability and Environment portfolio, the State Revenue Office is part of Treasury and Finance portfolio and Victoria Police is part of the Justice portfolio.

Public Entities

Public Entities include statutory authorities, state owned corporations, school councils, boards, trusts, and advisory committees. Some of the better known public entities are Metropolitan Ambulance Service, Country Fire Authority, VicRoads, the State Library of Victoria - the list goes on.

Download the Victorian Public Sector diagram (PDF 60Kb)

Download the Victorian Public Sector diagram (MS Word 22kb)

Karreeta Yirramboi – The Victorian Aboriginal public sector employment and career development action plan

Karreeta Yirramboi is the Victorian Government’s plan to encourage more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to obtain employment in the Victorian public sector.

Karreeta is the Gunditjmara word for “grow’ and Yirramboi is the Taungurung word meaning “tomorrow”.

To effectively represent the Victorian community, the Victorian Government has set a one percent Aboriginal employment target for the Victorian public sector- this includes the public service and public sector organisations, to be achieved by 2015. This would bring the total number of Aboriginal employees in the Victorian public sector to approximately 2700 by 2015.

To achieve this target, there are a range of supports, strategies and opportunities currently available and also underway.

Goals and Objectives

To encourage and enable more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to seek employment in the Victorian public sector, the Karreeta Yirramboi strategy features a range of opportunities and supports for prospective Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees to find success in the VPS including:

  • building pathways between education and public sector employment;
  • making the public sector and employer of choice for Aboriginal people;
  • creating inclusive workplaces;
  • supporting employers to recruit and retain Aboriginal employees, and
  • driving change.

Kareeta Yirramboi Resources and Support

A wide range of people, resources and programs is currently available to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates through attraction, recruitment and into successful ongoing careers in the Victorian Public Sector.

Aboriginal Employment Plans and Aboriginal Employment Officers

Under Kareeta Yirramboi, public sector departments and agencies (employing over 500 people) are required to have an Aboriginal Employment Plan, often supported by an Aboriginal Employment Officer. These officers can provide advice and further information regarding public sector employment and opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates.

Aboriginal Employment Officers are also responsible for providing support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees post recruitment, throughout their career in the VPS.

We strongly encourage prospective applicants and Career Coordinators to contact these officers for further information about opportunities and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates within each public sector organisation.


Along with a wide range of general programs and jobs available to support entry to the VPS, there are a number of activities, scholarships and opportunities specially designed to encourage and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates.

Many public sector organisations offer specific programs such as study programs, graduate programs, traineeships and cadetships that are only available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants.

Careers Coordinators and students are encouraged to contact individual departments for information on further opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates, or

There are a number of roles within the VPS that will specify key selection criteria requiring sound knowledge and understanding of current challenges, opportunities and community aspirations among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Indigenous identified roles and roles related to working with the Aboriginal Community

The Victorian Government recognises the value and importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s experiences and perspectives, especially when working with the Aboriginal community. Often, roles may be Indigenous identified, meaning that only Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants will be considered for these roles. These roles are identified on the Victorian Government Careers Website.

Department of Education and Early Childhood Development Koorie Education Workforce

The following roles exist to support the implementation of the Wannik Education Strategy in regions. All roles are identified positions and are available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants only.

Regional Koorie Transition Officers, these positions seek to:

  • increase engagement, retention and attainment levels of Koorie young people in Victoria, and
  • increase Koorie young people’s aspirations to succeed at school and support them to develop strong post-school pathways

Regional Koorie Education Coordinators

Koorie Education Coordinators have lead responsibility for the implementation of Wannik in their region, including the development and implementation of the Wannik Regional Implementation Plan.

Regional Koorie Engagement Support Officers (KESO)

As part the regional Koorie Engagement Support Team, KESOs are responsible for facilitating and managing the delivery of programs for Koorie children and young people through early childhood to school completion.

Careers coordinators can benefit from working in conjunction with these staff to best support Koorie students transitioning from school and to discuss opportunities under Karreeta Yirramboi. If you are not aware of these staff in your school, please contact your regional Department of Education and Early Childhood Development office.

Further information

A note on language

The term Aboriginal is used throughout PickVic. The terms Indigenous, Koori, Koorie are used in relation to a specific title, role or strategy.

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