Indigenous

Attracting and retaining Indigenous Australians makes good business sense - they represent a young, enthusiastic and growing talent pool as well as market for your organisation’s products or services. In this section, you will find the following resources to help you manage this important aspect of diversity: 

DCA Research

Inclusion@Work Index

Inclusion@Work Index 2017-2018 The State of Inclusion in the Australian Workforce

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

Catherine@dca.org.au

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

Is it time for Australia to embrace a Bill of Rights to enshrine equality for all?

Media releases

The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG delivers Diversity Council Australia’s third Anna McPhee Memorial Oration on Diversity and Inclusion, sponsored by Telstra.

Busting myths about Indigenous Australians

Acknowledging the traditional custodians of the land on which we live,work and play is just the beginning.... The Art of Inclusion (Words against a background of different coloured sands.)
News articles

The Hon Linda Burney MP, the first Aboriginal woman elected to the House of Representatives and Karen Mundine, Reconciliation Australia CEO, outline ways workplaces can bridge the cultural and professiona gaps that exist for Indigenous Australians in the latest episode of The Art of Inclusion.

Focus on Indigenous Executives

Focus on Indigenous Executives - Words over a boardroom table & chairs
News articles

Following the insights provided at the recent DCA Building Workplace Capability for Indigenous Australia Network event we take a closer look at the significant contribution Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people can make to the C-suite and Boardrooms around Australia.

Perspectives

Connecting country: busting myths about Indigenous Australians

Various coloured sands & soils
Podcasts

Linda Burney – the first Aboriginal woman to serve in the House of Representatives, and the first Aboriginal person to serve in the NSW Parliament goes on the record.

Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Submissions

On behalf of Australian business, in particular DCA member organisations, we made this submission to the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples advocating for recognition of our First Peoples.

Beds still burning: why a proud future means waking up to the past

Photo of part of the Uluru statement
Blog

DCA Director Chris Lamb on why a proud future means facing the past.

Coming events

Sponsored by National Australia Bank
04 Jul 2019

At this event we will explore how to improve knowledge of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultures in your workplace, as a foundation for effective RAPs. DCA will also launch its very own Reflect RAP.

22 Jul 2019

How effective are D&I initiatives in achieving change? Find out at the launch of Change At Work.

Webcasts from past events

Sponsored by Lendlease
11 Sep 2018

Are you ready to W-RAP your head around a Reconciliation Action Plan?

Sponsored by Lendlease
22 Feb 2018

This Building Capability for Indigenous Australia network, sponsored by Lendlease, explored the Uluru Statement from the Heart and constitutional recognition.