NSW IR's Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Unit provides information and advice on industrial relations, employment and related matters to help improve the employment conditions experienced by Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders in New South Wales.
Since 2001 the Unit has been assisting Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders in NSW to understand their rights and responsibilities as employers, managers and employees.
In particular, the Unit advises Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders on the laws relating to pay rates, employment conditions, leave entitlements, work practices, issues covering recruitment and termination of employment, payslips and employment records.
The Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Unit provides a statewide telephone, and e-mail, enquiry service to indigenous people on Federal and NSW industrial laws, award entitlements and other employment related issues. They include:
The Unit provides initial telephone/e-mail information, identifies options and facilitates contact and refers clients to appropriate agencies wherever possible.
The Unit works closely with a number of government agencies to undertake visits to regional areas of NSW to:
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Unit conducts workshops for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on employment issues, Federal and NSW employment laws, minimum standards of employment and best employment practices.
Workshops are conducted on request, through community organisations and with other government agencies. This service is provided in the Sydney metropolitan area and regional centres throughout NSW.