About the Aboriginal Workforce Development Centres
The role of the Aboriginal Workforce Development Centres (AWDCs) is to achieve sustainable employment outcomes for Aboriginal people in a culturally sensitive way.
We support Aboriginal people to obtain meaningful and sustainable employment by:
- providing information on training options and career pathways;
- providing access to job opportunities through a range of mechanisms including the AWDC jobs board and improving job search skills;
- encouraging the development of employability skills for successful participation in the workforce;
- providing access to role models and mentoring services; and
- supporting young people to successfully transition to further education, training or employment.
We support employers to attract, recruit and retain Aboriginal employees by:
- promoting vacancies to Aboriginal jobseekers using a variety of mechanisms including the AWDC jobs board;
- providing resources and advice on recruitment and retention strategies;
- providing information on workforce development strategies; and
- providing access to mentoring services and cultural awareness training.
We complement existing services: we link services,
value-add and broker solutions that lead to employment.
How we work
We work in partnership with and refer to other organisations providing employment, career, training and mentoring services whether they are government, private or not for profit organisations. We also work with Aboriginal owned and managed organisations to support them to realise their employment and training plans.
Our centres in Perth and regional WA provide:
- a safe and culturally secure environment;
- extensive networks of employers, service providers and Aboriginal community members;
- online access to resources, information and data relating to Aboriginal employment; and
- career guidance and information.
Some of our centres can also offer:
- training and interview rooms for meetings, workshops and recruitment; and
- computer and internet access for job search and career information.
Watch this short video to meet some of the AWDC team and find out more about our services.
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Meet our teams
Our AWDCs are staffed by experienced people who are passionate about achieving successful employment outcomes for Aboriginal people in Western Australia and have excellent local and community knowledge. Select each of the tabs to find out more about each of our centres and meet the teams.
For a handy printable summary of AWDC's services and contact details, you can download this
About AWDC fact sheet [PDF 1.3MB]
The Goldfields AWDC is based in Kalgoorlie. We service communities from Wiluna, Leonora and Laverton in the north through the central population areas of Kalgoorlie, Kambalda and Coolgardie, as well as Norseman and Esperance in the south.
Our team (left to right)
- Pacita Puertollano, Aboriginal Youth Transition Officer
- Patricia Thomson, Regional Network Coordinator
- Lenice Forman, Senior Project Officer
The Mid West AWDC office is located at Margaret House on Chapman Road in Geraldton. We service the Mid West region from Dongara through to Carnarvon, Mullewa, Mount Magnet and Meekatharra.
Our team (left to right)
- Daniel Crowe, Regional Network Coordinator
- Rani Randal, Senior Project Officer
The AWDC office in Perth is located on the 7th floor of the GPO building in Forrest Place, Perth. We offer a full range of support services across the Perth metropolitan area and welcome visitors to our centre.
Our team (top row, left to right)
- Nate Stuart, Senior Project Officer
- Caitlan Holley, Administrative Assistant
- Ashley Chaulk, Senior Client Information Coordinator
- Des Duguid, Senior Program Officer
- Carolyn Davis, Manager
Our team (seated, left to right)
- Christine Farley, Senior Project Officer
- Brenton Turner, Senior Project Officer
- Jenny Kent, Senior Program Officer
The South West AWDC office is located on the Podium level of the Bunbury Tower. We service the South West region from Harvey to Collie through to Manjimup, Margaret River, Dunsborough and Busselton.
Our team (left to right)
- Jodie Schroder, Regional Network Coordinator
- Cis Narkle, Senior Project Officer
- Kim Narkle, Aboriginal Youth Transition Officer
The West Kimberley AWDC office is located in Broome. We service the West Kimberley region including Derby, Fitzroy Crossing, Bidyadanga and the Dampier Peninsula.
- Andrew Bowen, Regional Network Coordinator
If you'd like to find out more about the AWDCs and how we can help you, our centres are open Monday to Friday during business hours. Call in and see us, or get in touch via phone or email. Our main contact number is (08) 9224 6535 or freecall 1800 441 043, and you can catch us via email at
Contact details for each of our centres are provided below.
Unit 1/37 Brookman Street
Kalgoorlie WA 6430
Phone: 08 9093 8650
Bill Sewell Complex
Geraldton WA 6530
Phone: 08 9938 4450
Forrest Place, Perth CBD
3 Forrest Place
Perth WA 6000
Freecall: 1800 441 043
Phone: 08 9224 6535 / 08 9224 6587
Podium Level, Bunbury Tower
61 Victoria Street
Bunbury WA 6230
Phone: 08 9722 9550
Shop 7, 20 Dampier Terrace
Broome WA 6725
Phone: 08 9194 9451
AWDCs operating in other regions
The Department also contracts and funds four not for profit organisations that undertake similar AWDC functions in the Great Southern, Wheatbelt, Pilbara and Peel regions. These organisations were formerly known as ' Aboriginal Training and Employment service providers'. The contact details for these AWDCs are provided below.