Do You Want to Make Indigenous Employment Work?
I help employers build workplaces that respect, welcome and support Aboriginal people and develop effective strategies to find and keep Aboriginal staff.
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Adssi HomeLiving Australia is an organisation committed to helping frail aged and people living with a disability to stay in their own homes. Adssi wanted to implement their first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) to improve their Aboriginal staff numbers, grow their Aboriginal client base, and work on supplier diversity. They had strong support at a management and board level but were still unsure about what they needed to do, and what it would take to do it well.
They needed to strengthen their connection to local Aboriginal communities, prepare the workplace for success with Aboriginal staff, train their workforce to service Aboriginal clients, and grow their local Indigenous supplier base.
Blakworks' The Fast Track program got them on the right path quickly. In three months, we:
Developed a clear vision of where they're headed and a plan to achieve it
Have a provisionally endorsed RAP, ready for final approval
Over 90% of their staff have completed the Aboriginal Cultural Awareness training
Implemented a Welcomes to Country and Acknowledgements of Country workplace procedure
Removed unnecessary barriers and established clear pathways for recruitment of Aboriginal staff
Reviewed their selection practices for new staff
Built a workplace that is overwhelmingly supportive of their reconciliation vision, and Aboriginal employment in particular
That looks a lot like commitment. Watch this space...
My name is Lindsay Stanford. I'm a proud Gamilaraay woman. I'm also the Founder and Principal of Blakworks Employment Solutions. I started Blakworks in 2008 to help Australian employers make Indigenous employment work by improving their understanding of Aboriginal employment, and building better workplaces to support Indigenous employment efforts.
I have been helping employers and employment service providers with Aboriginal employment for more than 20 years. I have worked for small, medium and large employers, employment service providers, and boutique Aboriginal employment consultancies across NSW and the ACT.
I believe there is a way for employers to make Aboriginal employment work. I know that employers want to do better, and need to do better, in providing opportunities for Aboriginal people. And just as importantly, I believe they can do better. With a little help and guidance, employers and employment service providers can make Indigenous employment work for everyone.