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Closing the work gap in corporate Australia: Indigenous perspectives on effective engagement between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and the private sector

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Closing the work gap in corporate Australia: Indigenous perspectives on effective engagement between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and the private sector

by Constable J, O’Leary J, Roberts A

Report
Year 2013
City Sydney
Institution Diversity Council Australia

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

This is the second research report which investigates Indigenous perspectives on effective community engagement for successful and sustainable employment in the private sector.

The publication reports on research that sought the opinions of Indigenous thought leaders and practitioners. The investigation and presentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives was seen as necessary to balance what was seen as a disproportionate focus on employer perspectives and experiences to-date.

The report presents eight key characteristics of effective engagement:

  • engagement premised on Indigenous perspectives
  • community conscious engagement
  • strategic engagement
  • engagement focused on two-way capacity building
  • culturally safe and inclusive engagement
  • clear and authentic engagement
  • taking time when engaging
  • engagement using the right metrics.

The reported findings - that Indigenous peoples' voices and knowledge are key to enabling Australian organisations build sustainable and mutually beneficial relationships and partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and organisations - could be applied beyond private sector employment.

The report was produced by the Diversity Council Australia in partnership with Lend Lease and Reconciliation Australia.

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