Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre

Aboriginal Workforce Development Centres (AWDCs) assist Aboriginal people in Western Australia to get into training, find employment, or further their career. They also support WA employers to make their workplaces and employment practices more culturally sensitive and welcoming to Aboriginal people.

Directions is funded by the Department of Training and Workforce Development to operate the AWDC for the Wheatbelt region, based out of our head office in Northam.

The AWDC is a FREE service to any Aboriginal person, or Aboriginal or other business owner or employer.

Our AWDC coordinator is a well-respected and experienced local Aboriginal person who understands the region, the issues and challenges, and is constantly identifying and supporting the creation of employment opportunities for her clients.

Our AWDC in partnership with our Career Centre can also ensure that all our clients have access to all the career development support and information they require to position them for success.

Help for Employers

AWDC is here to assist Wheatbelt employers to attract, recruit and retain Aboriginal employees.

Having a diverse workplace that welcomes Aboriginal employees brings a range of benefits – your business grows with the unique perspectives, experience and knowledge that Aboriginal people can bring to your team, and our local communities face a brighter future when their people are working.

Our AWDC can provide information, advice and assistance regardless of whether your business already has Aboriginal employees, or you’re just starting out with employing Aboriginal people.

  • Find out what you can do to make your organisation somewhere that Aboriginal people would like to work.
  • Recruitment strategies – we can help you focus your search and find excellent Aboriginal employees who will add value to your workplace. We can also assist with that search via the AWDC jobs board, and help you use it to advertise your employment opportunities to Aboriginal people.
  • Information and support – we’ve collected some great resources with lots of useful information to help with your workforce development planning.


Help for Jobseekers

Directions’ Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre can assist you at any stage in your working life, from looking for your first job to re-entering the workforce or changing career direction.

We can help you identify the kind of work you want and then take you through all the steps from identifying any training needs and applying for jobs, through to preparing for interviews and work.

We have a network of complementary organisations and will link you up with other service providers if you need additional support or assistance.

Your AWDC can also help you make full use of the AWDC jobs board which has been specifically created to identify and let you know about great job opportunities for Aboriginal people. You can register directly with the jobs board and get email notification whenever something comes up that matches what you’re looking for – plus you’ll get an online space where you can save your resumé, references, and more. Our Northam office will even provide you with free access to computers and the internet to help you look and apply for work.

You can also get personalised advice on training and education options in your area of interest if you want to build your skills and career options for the future.

Wherever you are in your career journey AWDC is here to help you every step of the way.