In the penultimate episode of The Art of Inclusion, we explore the cultural and professional gaps that exist for Indigenous Australians in the workplace and ask, where do the gaps come from? Why do they persist? What can Australian workplaces do?
Helping to answer these questions arethe Hon Linda Burney MP - the first person that identified strongly as Aboriginal in the New South Wales Parliament, and the first Aboriginal woman elected to the House of Representatives – as well as Karen Mundine, Reconciliation Australia CEO.
Linda’s success story is moving. And Karen has many ideas on how we can see Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people begin to thrive in workplaces right across society.
She reveals, “One of the things I talk a lot about with our Reconciliation Action Plan organisations is this: if you want to make Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people feel valued and engaged, it's about visibility.
“For so long, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have been invisible in general society and often in workplaces. So creating visibility either through acknowledgments of country that are visible around the workplace or signage, having flags, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags in windows, on any kind of materials that go out on your job advertisements, all of these things are flying signals to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that they are welcomed in this work space.
“Of course, that's just one part of it. You've got to back it up.”