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Our Mob on Country
Working at DPIE

Wherever you are in NSW, you’re always on Country. We acknowledge and respect Aboriginal people’s rights, obligations and roles as Traditional Custodians of the land, sea and waterways.

Working here you get support from mentors and networks and we also offer great training and development opportunities.

Watch and read about some of the great work being done right across our department.

Connecting with the Community

Connecting on Country is a two-part resource produced by the DPIE Aboriginal People and Culture team, highlighting the expert knowledge of our Aboriginal DPIE staff.

These short resources aim to provide guidance and inspiration for DPIE and other government departments, exploring what best practice looks like when it comes to Aboriginal stakeholder and community engagement, and how to form meaningful relationships between government and NSW Aboriginal communities.

These two video resources demonstrate the above in both an NSW metro and regional environment, as the needs of stakeholders and communities are vastly different.

Meet some of our Aboriginal staff

Check out the profiles of Aboriginal staff working in the department.

Mitchell Groat - Senior Project OfficerWho is your mob and where are you from?

My name is Mitchell Groat, I was born in Gilgandra but grew up in Orange and I am a Wiradjuri man.

How long have you worked with DPIE?

I have worked with DPIE for 10 years.

Where did you work before DPIE?

Before DPIE I worked in the private sector with Commonwealth Bank.

What is your current role and what team do you work in?

I currently work as a Senior Project Officer in the Workplace Services Transition team in the Corporate Services division.

What is the work that you do in your role?

In my role I work in the project management space, art curation, cultural projects, budget management, brief presentation, videography and graphic design.

Share a quote to inspire our mob to apply for roles with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment?

“The only way to know is by having a go. It might seem scary but it could be one of the most rewarding things you do”.

Profile image of Sandy Ryan - Acting Manager, Aboriginal Career PathwaysWho is your mob and where are you from?

I'm a Wiradjuri woman from Dubbo.

How long have you worked with DPIE?

I started here in August 2019.

Where did you work before DPIE?

I was at Community Services working as a Service Support Manager.

What is your current role and what team do you work in?

I work in the Aboriginal People and Culture Team. I'm currently lucky enough to be acting in the role of Manager for Aboriginal Career Pathways.

What is the work that you do in your role?

I get to create opportunities for mob right across the Department. This could be through helping with advertising and targeting roles, developing programs to support existing and new staff with their development or just having a yarn to help someone plan the next steps in their career. Being able to support other Aboriginal people with getting their first job or a promotion is so rewarding.

Share a quote to inspire our mob to apply for roles with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment?

“If you want something you never had, you have to do something you've never done. If you've never looked at roles in Government, update your resume, write your application, and give it a go”.

Anthony Morgan - Business Support OfficerWho is your mob and where are you from?

My name is Anthony Morgan and I am from Tumut in NSW.

I am a proud Wiradjuri man.

How long have you worked with DPIE?

I have been with DPIE for 15 months.

Where did you work before DPIE?

Before DPIE I was working as a supervisor at Teys Australia which is an abattoir.

What is your current role and what team do you work in?

In my current role I work as a Business Support Officer in the Water Deliverables team in the Water division.

What is the work that you do in your role?

In my role I provide administrative and program support across many different teams such as the Ground, Surface and Coastal Water teams.

Share a quote to inspire our mob to apply for roles with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment?

“Be a part of something bigger than yourself”.

Aboriginal support networks

Within the department, we have Aboriginal support networks. Internal staff are encouraged to join and network with Aboriginal staff across the state. Both advocate for culturally appropriate outcomes and recognise that our Aboriginal staff bring a wealth of cultural knowledge and experience that enable us to embed Aboriginal cultural knowledge in our work.

You are also supported with internal mentoring programs developed by and for Aboriginal staff. The Nguluway Aboriginal mentoring program provides Aboriginal staff at all grades one on one support through assigning a mentor to help achieve goals and accelerate career pathways. The program also supports new starters adjust to working at DPIE and provides an opportunity to network and share new perspectives.