Aboriginal Cultural Awareness for Workplaces

Are you looking for Aboriginal cultural awareness training for your staff?

This is the ideal workshop to support Aboriginal employment and reconciliation initiatives for your workplace.

This program will help you to improve retention of Indigenous staff, make sure your employers, supervisors, and workplaces understand Aboriginal experience and what they can do to make Indigenous employment work.

Do you want a workplace that values and supports Indigenous employment?

 Aboriginal Cultural Awareness for Workplaces delivered to groups of up to 25

Aboriginal Cultural Awareness for Workplaces delivered to groups of up to 25

It's not just an Aboriginal cultural awareness workshop but one designed specifically for workplaces and Aboriginal employment.

Specially designed to support any organisation committed to reconciliation and forms a crucial part of any Indigenous employment initiative. This program will help you to improve retention of Indigenous staff by helping your employees, supervisors, and workplaces understand Aboriginal experience and what they can do to make Indigenous employment work.

The aim is to provide information and perspective on Aboriginal cultures, experience, including the impact of history and trauma, with a focus on its application to Aboriginal employment and your workplace. You will be encouraged to think about how you can apply the learnings in your own workplace to support Aboriginal employment initiatives and staff.

It can be delivered in your workplace, for your organisation to help set you up for success with Aboriginal employment or as a part of your Reconciliation Action Plan.  Or, you can attend one of my public sessions in the Central Coast and Newcastle areas.  You can check out the public sessions and book online, or book a quick 10-minute call with Lindsay to discuss delivery for your own workplace.

What has stopped me previously from learning about Aboriginal people was the fact I was frightened I would be made to feel blamed or would feel blame. Thankfully, your presentation was far from blaming anybody. I felt a sense of relief, and the way it was all done took away my anxiety and just opened my mind completely. I have told everybody that would listen what a great workshop and learning experience it was.
— Kim, Ranger, Lake Macquarie City Council


The Aboriginal Cultural Awareness for Workplaces session provides a holistic look at Aboriginal cultures, disadvantage and the workplace using an entertaining, and often humorous presentation, which encourages open questioning and discussion.

I learnt so much in 4 hours - I learnt more in the time than any other cultural awareness training ever attended.
— Jenni Allan, CEO, Adssi HomeLiving Australia

In the 4-hour Aboriginal Cultural Awareness for Workplaces you'll learn:

  • Why Aboriginal employment is important
  • Reasons Aboriginal people face such disadvantage today
  • Intergenerational trauma and how it affects Aboriginal employment
  • The impact of history since 1788
  • The impact of the Stolen Generations
  • The three elements of the Blakworks’ Model of Aboriginal Experience
  • How you can use this model to improve your service delivery, workplaces and employment opportunities
  • The importance of Aboriginal land, languages and totems
  • When you use the word Aboriginal and when you use the word Indigenous
  • Aboriginal kinship and family relationships
  • 3 ways we use traditional song and dance
  • The diversity of Aboriginal people in Australia and NSW
  • How many Aboriginal people live in Australia now
  • How many Aboriginal people live on the Central Coast (or your local area)
  • The difference between Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people and Indigenous people
  • Traditional regional and language groups of Aboriginal people from NSW
  • Two major economic reasons the first fleet was sent here
  • How Aboriginal people communicated between different Aboriginal languages
  • Traditional beliefs including stories of our Great Creator
  • The meanings of totems and how they help us
  • Things you can do every day to build respectful, welcoming, supportive workplaces
  • Plus more...

...a huge thank you again for your outstanding presentation today.  I have had so many staff speak with me and phone me to tell me about their enjoyment and learning from your training.

I personally was looking forward to your training and you far exceeded my expectations.  I particularly found of interest your discussion and the information you shared with us around culture, kinship, history and Aboriginal employment.  You presented content that was new to me and your delivery of the training was informative, insightful, funny and at all times on point.  The four hours just flew and at times throughout your training, staff as I looked around the room, were engrossed with what you were saying and sharing that you could have heard a pin drop. It without doubt would have to be one of the most educational, informative and interesting training sessions that I have attended. 
— Shayne Silvers, Operations Manager, Coast Shelter

Experienced Presenter

 Lindsay Stanford, Founder and Principal

Lindsay Stanford, Founder and Principal

I’ve spent more than 20 years working in Aboriginal employment and I've been delivering Aboriginal cultural awareness to workplaces since 2004.  In the past 3 years alone, I’ve delivered Aboriginal cultural training to more than 2000 people on the Central Coast. Even more in other regions (and years).

Over 98% of past attendees said they would recommend Blakworks’ Aboriginal Cultural Awareness for Workplaces to others.

I've worked with large employers such as Honeywell, medium-sized employers like Adssi HomeLiving Australia and Central Coast Health, and smaller employers like Girrinbai Community Pre-School. I've been a regular guest lecturer for the University of New South Wales and the Centre for Social Impact.

During my PhD studies at Macquarie University, I attended a cultural awareness training seminar conducted by Lindsay Stanford. Lindsay invited me to her seminar as she thought it might benefit my research, which was on Indigenous issues. The session was incredibly useful. Lindsay is an approachable and forthright woman and the session enabled open conversation about issues relating to Indigenous employment in a comfortable and mutually respectful environment. Personally it gave me deeper insight into the multiple perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, challenging stereotypes and encouraging asking questions rather than making assumptions.
I highly recommend this training for anyone working with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australians.
— Dr. Rebecca Reeve, PhD Economics