Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people bring and share inherited skills and knowledge to the workplace. This helps create more inclusive workplaces and responsive services.
Things to consider when attracting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply for positions at your organisation
Where can your organisation attract Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander jobseekers?
Indigenous Employment Service posts job advertisements for employers looking to attract skilled Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff. For a fee, your organisation can list job advertisements reaching your target talent pool.
How can your organisation create a welcoming workplace?
There are different things your organisation can do to show a level of commitment to creating a welcoming workplace.
- Create a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). A RAP is a strategic document that supports your business plan and will drive your organisation’s actions for reconciliation internally and in the communities it operates in.
- Celebrate significant dates for example, NAIDOC week.
Are there opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to progress their careers in your organisation?
Creating an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment strategy that includes actions to attract, retain and develop staff can assist with ensuring there is a pathway to progress careers within your organisation.
Have a look at the QATSICPP sector workforce strategy that identifies priorities, objectives and actions designed to address workforce needs of the child and family support sector.
Are you looking for practical resources to build your organisation’s cultural capability?
CheckUP’s cultural competencies resources provides links to cultural competency checklist, self-assessments, questionnaires and examples of commitments. These are useful self-assessments and resources to develop commitments and spark conversations within the workplace.
As a peak body in child protection, Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP) have develop a range of practical resources to build the cultural capability of the sector and address the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child in the system.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle recognises the importance of connections to family, community, culture and country. Understanding the principle and being able to apply it in practise can support your organisation’s cultural capability.