Gari Yala (speak the truth): Centreing the experiences of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Australians at work

Speaking truth artwork

The University of Technology, Sydney’s Jumbunna Institute is partnering with DCA to conduct a biennial national survey that provides regular and reliable information about the employment experiences of Indigenous peoples.

The survey will cover key touchpoints along the full employee lifecycle including attraction, recruitment and selection, onboarding, recognition and reward, workplace environment, and offboarding.

Importantly, the Gari Yala survey will be based on the principle of self-determination – that is, the project is being driven by, and for, Indigenous people and will centre the perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in its findings.

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About the artwork

Kirsten Gray is a Yuwalaraay/Muruwari woman living on Dharawal country and raising two small children. Her artworks are a contemporary and vibrant reflection of her passion for her Aboriginal culture. 
'Speaking truth' explores the nature and extent of the contributions made by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in this land for millennia. Long before the birth of the Australian nation, our people were already making significant contributions to their families and communities.
It was the contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people upon the arrival of the British, which helped transform our country into what it is today. Much of this labour was often unpaid, unrecognised and undertaken in discriminatory and harsh conditions. Nonetheless, it is these ongoing contributions of our people which keep each other, our communities and this country, strong.