Why work with us?
Our department works hard for all Victorians by:
- creating more opportunities for people through jobs and skills
- supporting businesses and industries to grow and prosper and
- building vibrant communities and regions.
A career with us offers many rewards and challenges. Working with us is your opportunity to help shape the Victoria of the future.
Tracey Evans is a Gunditjmara/Bundjalung woman employed by the Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions (DJSIR) as the Manager of Aboriginal Employment Programs, in the Aboriginal Economic Development (AED) Branch.
Tracey’s extensive career includes working at the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA), the Department of Justice and the Royal Melbourne Hospital. More recently, Tracey worked on the West Gate Tunnel Project where she placed 140 Aboriginal jobseekers into roles in her 18-month tenure.
Tracey took up the opportunity to work at the department because she wanted to return to government and use her experience in Aboriginal employment to look at ways to create greater career pathways for her people.
She also relished the opportunity to work in a newly formed branch with new potential, and to work with a great leader of the community, Andrew Jackomos, Executive Director, AED Branch.
Tracey credits her career to always taking up learning and development opportunities. One of these learning opportunities was completing an Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Community Development.
Tracey also says her elders, aunties/uncles and cultural mentors have helped guide her in her career, to have a voice and become the strong woman she is today, in both her professional and personal life.
Tracey’s advice to others considering a career in government is to see what’s out there and apply. “Do your research, contact the person listed on the advertisement– ask lots of questions, look at the supporting documents on how to apply, or talk to someone from the community who works in government and can give you a feel for what it’s like.”
Tracey also says it’s important to ‘know your strengths’ and to look for roles that suit those skills so that you can truly empower yourself.
Page last updated: 30 December 2022