Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

DCA supports the proper recognition of the unique status of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our country’s history and of ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices are central in any discussions around recognition and reconciliation. 

Many organisations are committed to engaging with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people and providing employment opportunities is a key part of this engagement. But genuine inclusion is about more than simply creating employment opportunities.

Genuine inclusion must begin with reconciliation. There can be no genuine workplace inclusion while our First Nations Peoples are excluded from opportunities, and we as a nation do not address race relations, equality and equity, unity, institutional integrity, and historical acceptance.

It also requires creating an organisation that understands and respects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. Providing a safe and welcoming environment should be a critical part of any workplace’s diversity and inclusion strategy and planning.

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people have experienced significant exclusion from Australian society for many years. Ending that exclusion is foundational to D&I.


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Latest Articles - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

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DCA Oration to tackle corporate role in Voice debate

As Australians prepare to cast their votes, Diversity Council Australia will host an important discussion of the implications surrounding the Voice Referendum at our fifth Anna McPhee Memorial Oration.

Opinion pieces

The Constant Questions

As the debate intensifies on the Voice referendum, it is important to explore the issues that already affect Indigenous peoples in the workplace and ask how organisations will support them during the debate.

News articles

Directors speak up for Voice

DCA supports the Yes! campaign in the referendum on the Voice to Parliament, and its Board Directors have penned a letter of support.