Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

DCA acknowledges the Custodians of Country throughout Australia. We pay our respect to them, and to Elders past, present and emerging.

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.

DCA Research

Inclusion@Work Index 2019-2020

DCA 2019-2020 Inclusion@Work Index - Mapping the state of inclusion in the ustralian workforce

How inclusive are Australian workplaces for a diversity of employees, and how has this changed over time? What impact does inclusion have on performance and wellbeing? The 2019-2020 Inclusion@Work Index surveyed a nationally representative sample of 3,000 Australian workers to find out.

Creating inclusive multi-faith workplaces

Creating Inclusive MultiFaith Workplaces - Large number of circles with icons representing different faiths and religions

This resource provides guidance to Australian workplaces about how to deal with a range of common faith-related queries, and also to provide workplaces with principles to help balance issues where conflicting rights might intersect.

Change At Work

Change at Work cover pic

For well over thirty years, initiatives designed to improve diversity and inclusion (D&I) have been a priority for organisations – but are the plethora of D&I initiatives actually creating the organisational change they aspire to?

D&I 101 - Conducting a Diversity Survey

D&I 101: Conducting a Diversity Survey - with speech bubble for different diversity dimensions including Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islnder Peoples, Carers, Disbility, Age, Multicultural including Religion & Gender/LGBTIQ+

DCA's Guide to Conducting a Diversity Survey - How to ask your employees about their diversity.

Inclusion@Work Index 2017-2018

Inclusion@Work Index 2017-2018 The State of Inclusion in the Australian Workforce. Sponsored by Suncorp

The DCA-Suncorp Inclusion@Work Index 2017-2018 is a landmark study, providing the first-ever national benchmarks for Australian workplaces in regards to the age, cultural background, disability status, gender, Indigenous background, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity of workers.

WordsAtWork - Building inclusion through the power of language

Words at Work report image

DCA has developed a new Words At Work campaign for workplaces to show how inclusive language can improve workplace culture and drive productivity.

Closing the Work Gap in Corporate Australia

Diversity Council Australia partnered with Reconciliation Australia and Lend Lease on new research called, Closing the Work Gap in Corporate Australia. The research involved conducting interviews with Indigenous thought leaders, and engagement and employment practitioners.

Engaging Aboriginal Australians in our workplace

Sponsored by National Australia Bank, this landmark research project revealed the motivations and aspirations of Aboriginal Australians to provide valuable information to help build sustainable employment strategies for the future.

Case Studies

Indigenous women making their mark as tradies

A national Indigenous recruitment service is successfully placing Aboriginal women into a typically male-dominated workforce through an intensive traineeship.

Australian Public Service Commission's Indigenous Careers Webpages

Australian Public Service Commission

The Indigenous Careers Webpages also provides a range of information and advice about applying for jobs, and offers information about career development and support available for Indigenous Australians. 

NAB's Emerging Indigenous Executive Leaders Program

Emerging Indigenous Executive Leadership Program

NAB has led the development of the EIELP, a program that has shown Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander employees that their Indigenous culture has many things to offer the boardroom.

Indigenous representation at Woolworths

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In support of their commitment to increasing Indigenous employment, Woolworths has built a comprehensive workforce plan.

Woolworths Resourcing the Future Program

Woolworths is committed to driving employment growth of Indigenous people in Australia through their Resourcing the Future Program.

News

Black Lives Matter and ways to make genuine progress on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workplace inclusion

Black Lives Matter protest in Sydney. Thanks to Jacky Zeng for sharing their work on Unsplash.
News articles

The US Black Lives Matter movement has shone a light on continued injustices and inequalities experienced by Indigenous people in our society. How can we ensure that this moment does not pass by without genuine progress on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workplace inclusion?

First Ever Australian survey to capture truths about employment experiences of Indigenous Australians

Media releases

The first ever Australian survey that aims to capture the truths of Indigenous Australians’ employment experiences in Australia has been launched today.

It's time for real action against racism

News articles

DCA joined 30 other high profile community organisations asking the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition to work together to tackle racism.

Perspectives

Black Lives Matter in Australia | Featuring John Paul Janke

Scene of a protest, sign in foreground says "No Justice, no peace"
Q&A

The momentum generated by the US Black Lives Matter movement has seen Australian organisations question their own systemic inequalities. However, many feel they lack the capability to channel this energy into achieving real change respectfully, inclusively and confidently.

Unfinished business

The Art of Inclusion: Unfinished business - Constitutional recorgnition - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags
Podcasts

What exactly is constitutional recognition and why does it matter to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians? Advocate and union leader Thomas Mayor explains in this important epsiode of our podcast.

Sorry Business

The Art of Inclusion. Episode 1: Sorry Business: Death in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Communities
Podcasts

In the first episode for Season 2 of The Art of Inclusion, we consider the cultural protocols for death in Indigenous communities – and how workplaces can better understand and support this practice.

Coming events

31 Aug 2020

COVID-19 has caused a disturbing rise in racism against Asian Australians while the US Black Lives Matter movement has shone a light on the continued injustices and inequalities experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in our society.

17 Sep 2020

This DCA Indigenous network will look at Jumbunna's report on Accors Aboriginal workforce and Indingenous engagement.

Date and time are subject to change and will be confirmed closer to the event.

Hosted by Aurecon Australasia Pty Ltd
20 Oct 2020

We are pleased to invite Perth-based members to join our CEO Lisa Annese for a special member briefing on our latest D&I research on Inclusion@Work Index and Counting Culture.

26 Oct 2020

DCA look at class at work.

Date and time are subject to change and will be confirmed closer to the event..

19 Nov 2020

DCA and Sydney’s Jumbunna Institute release their research on the employment experiences of Indigenous peoples.

Date and time are subject to change and will be confirmed closer to the event.

01 Mar 2021

At this network event, Reconciliation Australia outlines the State of Reconciliation in 2020.

Date and time are subject to change and will be confirmed closer to the event.  

Webcasts from past events

15 Jul 2020

At this webinar we looked at the impact of COVID-19 on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities from a health and economic perspective and we explored the impacts that its having on Indigenous people in their workplaces.

Sponsored by National Australia Bank
12 Mar 2020

This network event focused on constitutional recognition and the Uluru Statement from the Heart and how organisations can show their support.